Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/16/13
Florida Atlantic Owls (3-6) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-9)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm (MM Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +16 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles look for their first win against the visiting Florida Atlantic Owls.
Florida Atlantic's first season in the CUSA hasn't been memorable from a won/loss perspective but they have been reasonably competitive. The Owls come in to week eleven off a surprisingly easy 34-17 victory over conference contender Tulane as a three point favorite. The defense played their best game of the season in allowing 167 yards and intercepting four passes including a 69 yard pick six. The Owls attack mustered 331 yards and benefitted from field position and a decent rushing attack that approached 200 yards with Jacquez Johnson leading the way with 114 yards on 20 carries and a pair of scores. Johnson was a bit quiet in the air, going 10-21 for 107 yards and an interception.
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With only three games left in the season Southern Mississippi is looking to get rid of the goose egg in the win column. To do so the offense will have to generate some points and the defense will have to come up with some stops. Neither accomplished that goal in a 36-13 defeat at Louisiana Tech. The Golden Eagles were out gained 469-357 as their rushing attack finished with only 59 yards and less then three yard average. That made the Golden Eagles heavily dependent on the pass which was mistake prone. Nick Mullens completed 25-51 for 298 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions while Tyre'oune Holmes tossed an interception in his only attempt. The defense could not stop the La Tech ground attack that rolled up over 300 yards and could have done without four turnovers.
This has ugly written all over it with issues surrounding both teams. In what world do we live in where Florida Atlantic is a huge road favorite? I don't know what to say about this because saying I don't like this one is an under statement...