The Florida Atlantic Owls will look to rebuild after a successful 2019-20 campaign as they open a new season against Georgia Southern on Saturday in an afternoon start. The Eagles started this season with a 27-26 win.
(This game has been postponed as FAU is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak)
Owls look to build on another successful seasonLast season
The Owls were fantastic last season, winning the Conference USA title. That was the second time they won it in three seasons. They ended the season on five straight wins, which culminated in a 52-28 win against SMU in the Boca Raton bowl.
The Owls built their success in the air last season. They generated 282.6 yards passing per game, which put the 29th in the country. Their running game was steady with 166 yards per game. Overall, their 36.3 points per game was 60th nationally.
Quite solid. The Owls like to move the ball quickly in the air, which means there can occasionally be a high interception rate. They conceded an average of 22.3 points per game, 98th in the country.
— FAU Football (@FAUFootball) September 14, 2020
Werts helps Eagles eke past Campbell in openerEarly-season form
The Eagles began the new season with a clutch 27-26 win over Campbell in the opener. That game will fill the Eagles will confidence for a tough game, especially after trailing 13-6 at halftime.
Shai Werts had 155 yards on the rush, and finished 7 of 13 in the air as he put up just 53 yards, including a one-yard touchdown pass. He will be desperately required against a strong Eagles defense.
According to the Associated Press, the game was delayed 40 minutes because of lightning. Campbell listed 17 players and Georgia Southern had 16 players inactive for the game due to various reasons.
Congratulations to QB Shai Werts (@_shaiwertss) of @GSAthletics_FB) for being honored as their 2020 #WuerffelTrophy nominee! @SunBelt @nbhsbulldogs#HeartOverHypehttps://t.co/FVjOha6ysC pic.twitter.com/YeGxUbniQP
— Wuerffel Trophy (@WuerffelTrophy) September 15, 2020
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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
At face value, you can argue that the Eagles have played one game. There is at least some momentum in their play. However, the Owls have had some additional rest and time to prepare for this game, which will play a massive part in this game. Shai Werts was decent in the season opener but he'll find the Eagles defense a different kettle of fish.
Prediction: FAU -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This is an interesting market. The Owls should score at least 20 points, with the majority coming on at least two touchdowns. However, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles can stay abreast. If they can, then this should move to the over. Even if they don't, I can see enough completed passes and long drives that eventually end in scoring plays. The Eagles scored 27 points in the first game. Expect something similar.
Prediction: Over 47.5