2017 UAB Blazers football team

The 2017 UAB Blazers football team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the West Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by second-year head coach Bill Clark and played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They received an invitation to the Bahamas Bowl, where they lost to Ohio.

2017 UAB Blazers football
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Bahamas Bowl, vs. L 6–41 Ohio
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
2017 record8–5 (6–2 C-USA)
Head coachBill Clark (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorLes Koenning (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDavid Reeves (1st season)
Home stadiumLegion Field
(Capacity: 71,594)
Seasons
← 2014
2018 →
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$   8 0         11 3  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Charlotte   1 7         1 11  
West Division
North Texas x   7 1         9 5  
UAB   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         6 5  
Rice   1 7         1 11  
UTEP   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 season marked the return of UAB football after a two-year hiatus following the elimination of the program in December 2014 and its subsequent reinstatement in July 2015.[1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Blazers last participated in a football season in 2014.[2] The Blazers finished the season 6–6, 4–4 C-USA play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. Following the season, the school stopped sponsoring football. However on June 1, 2015, the school announced they were beginning the process to reinstate football, and the program was reinstated for the 2017 season.[3][4]

Spring GameEdit

The 2017 Spring Game took place at Legion Field, on April 1, at 1:00 p.m., and the Green team, composed of starters, defeated the Gold team 49–7 before 7,822 fans.[5][6]

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 1 1:00 p.m. Green vs. Gold Legion FieldBirmingham, AL WABM MY68 Green 49–7 7,822

Schedule and resultsEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 22:30 p.m.Alabama A&M*STADIUMW 38–745,212
September 92:00 p.m.at Ball State*ESPN3L 31–5111,555
September 1611:00 a.m.Coastal Carolina*
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
WBRC-TVW 30–2324,789
September 235:30 p.m.at North TexasbeINL 43–4620,142
October 73:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech 
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
CUSA.TVW 23–2227,213
October 145:30 p.m.Middle Tennessee
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
beINW 25–2325,309
October 215:30 p.m.at CharlottebeINL 24–25 OT11,889
October 286:00 p.m.at Southern MissCUSA.TVW 30–1219,101
November 42:00 p.m.Rice
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
CUSA.TVW 52–2121,224
November 116:00 p.m.at UTSACUSA.TVW 24–1920,076
November 183:00 p.m.at Florida*SECNL 7–3684,649
November 2512:00 p.m.UTEP
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
W 28–714,505
December 2211:30 a.m.vs. Ohio*ESPNL 6–4113,585
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[7][8]

Game summariesEdit

Alabama A&MEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
ALA&M Bulldogs 0 7 0 0 7
Blazers 7 3 14 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 UAB, 41–14

at Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 3 14 7 7 31
Cardinals 7 14 17 13 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Coastal CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chanticleers 2 3 8 10 23
Blazers 13 3 7 7 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 7 7 15 14 43
Mean Green 10 20 7 9 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 UAB, 56–21

Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 3 0 12 22
Blazers 13 3 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 2014 LT, 40–24

Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 10 10 3 0 23
Blazers 9 13 0 3 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2014 MTSU, 34–22

at CharlotteEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Blazers 0 14 3 07 24
49ers 0 0 7 108 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 7 0 6 17 30
Golden Eagles 9 3 0 0 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–10 2014 UAB, 45–24

RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 7 0 14 21
Blazers 21 21 7 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2013 RICE, 37–34

at UTSAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 14 7 0 3 24
Roadrunners 3 3 0 13 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2013 UTSA, 52–31

at FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 0 0 7 7
Gators 6 13 14 3 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2011 UF, 39–0

UTEPEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 7 0 0 0 7
Blazers 3 11 14 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2010 UAB, 21–6

vs. Ohio–Bahamas BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 3 3 0 6
Bobcats 13 14 14 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UAB to reinstate football for 2017 season". ESPN.com. July 21, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "UAB shuts down its football program". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  3. ^ "UAB reverses decision to drop football program". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ "Football never really died at UAB, even after it was killed, and now Blazers are back". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "UAB's spring football game to air on TV in Birmingham". AL.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "UAB starters dominate in spring football game". AL.com. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Champlin, Drew (January 26, 2017). "UAB's 2017 football schedule released". AL.com. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 UAB Blazers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved August 18, 2017.