2021 Independence Bowl odds, picks: UAB vs. BYU selections from advanced computer model for Saturday's bowl matchup

The SportsLine Projection Model, which is up almost $3,700 over the past five-plus years, has simulated the 2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl matchup between the Blazers and Cougars 10,000 times
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The 13th-ranked BYU Cougars (10-2) try to close out another 11-win season on Saturday when they take on the UAB Blazers (8-4) in the 2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Independence Stadium. The Cougars are 6.5-point favorites in the latest UAB vs. BYU Independence Bowl odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 54.5. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)

Before you decide on any BYU vs. UAB Independence Bowl picks or college football predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-29 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen HUGE returns.

The model has taken into account that Jaren Hall has stepped right in as BYU's starting quarterback and kept the offense humming. He has 2,583 passing yards, 20 TDs and five interceptions in place of No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Zach Wilson. The offense has excellent balance, with running back Tyler Allgeier rushing for 1,414 yards and 20 TDs. The unit averages more than 457 yards and 33.5 points per game. The defense allows 24.3 points and has 19 takeaways.     

The model has also considered that the UAB defense plays at a high level, ranking 11th in the nation against the run (105 yards per game) and 16th in total yards (324). It has produced 31 sacks, led by linebacker Alex Wright (six) and forced 19 turnovers, scoring on two of them. Offensively, the Blazers lean slightly to the run, with DeWayne McBride (1,188 yards, 12 TDs) and Jermaine Brown (584, seven) leading the way. QB Dylan Hopkins has 15 TDs and six interceptions.   

The SportsLine model has simulated Saturday's UAB vs. BYU Independence Bowl matchup 10,000 times, and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under on the total, and it also says one side of the spread is hitting in over 60 percent of simulations. You absolutely need to see it before locking in your own picks.

Who wins UAB vs. BYU Saturday's Independence Bowl? And which side of the spread is hitting over 60 percent of the time? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the BYU vs. UAB spread you should be all over Saturday, all from the computer model on a 43-29 run on its top-rated college football side picks!


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