Previewing Troy and UAB’s Bowl Games
College football teams have been on a roll throughout the 2022-23 football season for the state of Alabama, with every FBS program besides Auburn making it to a bowl game. Bowl season kicks off on December 16th with the Bahamas Bowl and the Cure Bowl, both featuring an Alabama team.
The first bowl game of 2022 is the Bahamas Bowl and will feature the Miami (OH) RedHawks and the UAB Blazers.
UAB ended the 2021-22 season with a victory over BYU in the Independence Bowl, winning only their second bowl game in program history. The Bahamas Bowl will mark the final game for UAB interim head coach Bryant Vincent. The biggest contributor to UAB's offense is without a doubt its running back, DeWayne McBride. McBride leads the FBS with 1,713 rushing yards and is in 2nd place of all players with 19 total touchdowns. While the Blazers' rushing game should be too much for the RedHawks to handle, UAB's biggest problem falls within its passing ability. UAB has only thrown the ball for 37 percent of its plays in 2022, while quarterback Dylan Hopkins has failed to complete more than 17 passes in one game. The Blazers are projected to win their second straight bowl game and final game with Conference USA before moving to the AAC in July 2023.
Opening day of bowl season continues with the Cure Bowl featuring the Troy Trojans and the UTSA Roadrunners.
Troy surprised the college football world when it finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, only losing to Ole Miss and a walk-off touchdown from Appalachian State. The Trojans hosted and won the Sun Belt Conference Championship against Coastal Carolina to get their eleventh win of the season. The last bowl win for Troy was in 2018 when the Trojans defeated Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl. Troy has a strong rushing game thanks to running back Kimani Vidal. Vidal ran for 1,059 yards in 2022 and ranks 2nd in Sun Belt rushing yards. Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson had a phenomenal game against Coastal Carolina with 318 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Unfortunately for Watson, UTSA's secondary has intercepted 13 passes this season, which could serve as a problem for the Trojans. While Troy is projected to win this contest, it would not be shocking to see UTSA quarterback Frank Harris put up some big scores on the Trojans' defense.
The Bahamas Bowl between UAB and Miami (OH) starts at 10:30am CST.
The Cure Bowl between Troy and UTSA starts at 2:00pm CST.