For those UAB football fans who are trying to figure out what to watch this weekend with the Blazers on a bye, we’ve got you covered.
There is nothing worse for a college football fan than when their team is on a bye week, but our boys certainly need it before conference play picks up. So while they’re preparing for a great rest of the season, it’s time to make ourselves familiar with some upcoming opponents.
South Alabama at La Tech – 6 p.m.. CT – ESPN3
The Blazers next opponent will be La Tech, so this is an obvious must-watch for Blazer fans on Saturday night. The Bulldogs are 2-2 on the season with both losses coming against the SEC. They had South Carolina on the ropes last weekend, but lost by one point. The week before that they beat Western Kentucky on the road by one point. I don’t think this game will be as close. South Alabama has been really bad this year with their lone win coming against Alabama A&M, and their latest loss coming against Idaho at home. UAB and La Tech will kick-off next Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at Legion Field.
Middle Tennessee at FAU – 6 p.m. CT – Stadium
You may need two, or more, screens going on Saturday night as the Blue Raiders are in action. The Blazers will take on Middle Tennessee in two weeks at Legion Field at 5:30 p.m. CT. Middle Tennessee had a difficult schedule to start the season with three games against Power Five teams. They were beaten pretty bad against Vanderbilt and Minnesota, but were able to beat Syracuse on the road. FAU has looked terrible in Lane Kifin’s first season. This will be MTSU’s first conference game, so we’ll see how they stack up in the conference. A big win for the Blue Raiders proves they belong near the top, but a close win — or obviously a loss — and this becomes a very winable game for UAB.
North Texas at Southern Miss – 6 p.m. – CUSA.TV
Another Conference USA game starting at six on Saturday night — I don’t know why the conference does this. Now that we’ve lost to North Texas, it will be interesting to see how they perform the rest of the season. Plus, the Blazers have to play Southern Miss later this year, so we’ll see how they stack up against a North Texas team that UAB took to the final seconds. I kind of hope the Mean Green go in there and blast the Golden Eagles, giving us hope that UAB can do the same later in the year.
Vanderbilt at Florida – 11 a.m. CT – ESPN
The Gators have not looked great this year, and have escaped losses in the final seconds of their last two games. Now they get a Vanderbilt team that is coming off the worst loss I can ever remember as they didn’t even have 100 total yards against Alabama. This will be another chance to see just how good Florida is this year before UAB plays them in November. This is a bit of a stretch but stick with me; Vanderbilt beat MTSU, so if UAB beats MTSU and Vanderbilt beats Florida, that means UAB should have a chance at beating Florida. Thinking deeply and positive here.
These games aren’t related to UAB football, but games that college football fans should be watching:
Georgia at Tennessee – 2:30 p.m. – CBS
Mississippi State at Auburn – 5 p.m. – ESPN
Clemson at Virginia Tech – 7 p.m. – ABC
Enjoy your weekend of college football!