This article is part of our College Football DFS: Thursday Slate series.
We've got a one-game showdown contest to cover for Thursday's college football action, as UAB tackles Miami in the premiere game of the ACC Conference season. For those of you unfamiliar with how a showdown contest works, I've written an article about how to approach these unique contests on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Although the column focuses on NBA showdowns, the basic principles and strategies are the same. In FanDuel's case, the primary difference is that the MVP (Captain) 1.5x slot is identical to the DraftKings model for college football. The only exception is that FanDuel charges the same for their MVP slot, and DraftKings requires you to pay 1.5x the original salary for their Captain slot.
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UAB @ Miami (FL) (-14.5) O/U: 55
The Hurricanes lost some talent to graduation, but have done a decent job rebuilding their team offensively. The Blazers are not a team to sleep on, and after cruising to a convincing win over Central Arkansas last week, they will likely make this game much closer than it currently looks on paper. The Canes brought in Rhett Lashlee from SMU to revamp their offense as the new OC, so we should see a bit more passing from what is usually a ground-focused scheme. Miami also scored a coup with a new starting QB, but we'll talk