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Florida Atlantic vs. Middle Tennessee - 11/14/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-5) at Florida Atlantic Owls (2-7)

College Football: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to FAU Football Stadium to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were able to defeat the Marshall Thundering Herd 27-24 in 3 OT to improve to 4-5 (3-2 C-USA East) on the season. Middle Tennessee was able to outgain Marshall by a 554-515 margin and was able to overcome committing three turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was QB Brent Stockstill who completed 34 of 56 passes for 346 yards, 3 TD and an INT. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 33.8 ppg on 452.8 yards per game (315.3 passing, 137.4 rushing). Leading the way for the Blue Raiders offense has been QB Brent Stockstill who had 21 TD and 6 INT on the season while averaging 310.9 passing yards per game. WR Ed’Marques Batties has been a TD machine this season as he had hauled in 12 TD’s while averaging 86.4 receiving yards per game. WR Richie James has also been a popular target for Stockstill as he is averaging 8.1 receptions per game for 93.2 yards per game. The Blue Raiders rushing attack has been led by Desmond Anderson (10.13 att/game, 45.50 yds/game, 4 TD) and Jordan Parker (9.86 att/game, 48.14 yds/game, 4 TD). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 30.0 ppg on 416.3 yards per game (274.7 passing, 141.6 rushing). The Blue Raiders have committed 21 turnovers this season and have a turnover margin of minus 4. Leading the way defensively for Middle Tennessee has been LB T.T. Barber who had 68 tackles, 4.0 sacks and an INT.

Florida Atlantic vs. Middle Tennessee - 11/14/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls were able to take a 7-0 lead after the 1st quarter but eventually fell to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 35-19, to drop to 2-7 (2-4 C-USA East) on the season. Florida Atlantic was outgained by Western Kentucky by a 509-359 margin but did manage to commit no turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was WR Jenson Stoshak who had 101 yards and a TD on 4 receptions.  On the season, Florida Atlantic is averaging 22.9 ppg on 384.4 yards per game (220.2 passing, 164.2 rushing). Florida Atlantic has been led offensively by the rushing duo of Greg Howell (12.22 att/game, 57.11 yds/game, 3 TD) and Trey Rodriguez (12.60 att/game, 77.40 yds/game, 5 TD). QB Jaquez Johnston has 6 TD’s and 3 INT on the season while averaging 142.0 passing yards per game. Jaquez Johnston has been battling a few injuries this season so back QB Jason Driskel (120.9 yds/game, 3 TD, 4 INT) has seen a fair amount of playing time. WR Jenson Stoshak is the only receiver for the Owls that is averaging more than 3 receptions per game as on the season he has 2 TDs while averaging 65.1 yards on 4.8 receptions per game. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing opponents to average 30.0 ppg on 422.4 yards per game (235.9 passing, 186.5 rushing). Florida Atlantic currently has a minus 1 turnover margin on the season and is led defensively by DL Trey Hendrickson (26 tackles, 7.5 sacks) and DB Cre’von LeBlanc (34 tackles, 4 INT).

The Blue Raiders are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Middle Tennessee has one of the more dangerous offenses in the C-USA however has really struggle on the road this season going 0-4. Florida Atlantic has had a tough season finding ways to put points up on the board as they’ve had gotten great QB play by wither Jaquez Johnston or Jason Driskel. Middle Tennessee has struggled on defense however, most of the damage has come through the air which I’m not overly concerned about in this matchup with the Florida Atlantic QB situation. I think Middle Tennessee and Brent Stockstill will find success throwing the ball against the Owls defense and that they get their first road win of the season with a double-digit victory. Take Middle Tennessee to cover. 

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -6

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