Florida Atlantic vs. Rice - 10/10/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (2-2) at Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -1.5 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls will travel to FAU Football Stadium to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Rice Owls couldn’t find their offense this past Saturday and dropped to 2-3 (1-1 C-USA West) on the season after being defeated 49-10 by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this past Saturday. Rice, who usually has a solid offense was committed five turnovers and was outgained by a 504-322 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was WR Dennis Parks who had 67 yards on 4 receptions. Offensively, Rice is averaging 29.8 ppg on 427 yards per game. Leading the way for the Owls has been QB Driphus Jackson who has completed 61.4% of his passes for 837 yards, 6 TD, and 4 Int. Dennis Parks has been the most consistent target for Driphus Jackson as Parks currently has 23 receptions for 370 yards and 3 TD’s. The rushing attack for Rice has been led by Samuel Stewart (57 carries, 282 yards, 3 TD) and Darik Dillard (48 carries, 216 yards, 3 TD). For Rice to be competitive in conference play, they’ll need to find some answers on defense as they are currently allowing their opponents to average 40.2 ppg on 467 yards per game. Turnovers have been a major concern for the Owls as the offensive has committed 14 turnovers on the season that has led Rice to have a -7 turnover margin. Leading the way for the Rice defense has been DB J.T. Ibe (24 tackles) and LB Alex Lyons (23 tackles).
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The Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3, 1-0 C-USA East) picked up their first win of the season as they were able to defeat the Charlotte 49ers 17-7 in late September. Both Florida Atlantic and Charlotte really struggled on the offense end as they both teams combined for just 390 yards and 12 turnovers. Leasing the way for the Owls offense was Jaquez Johnson who completed 14 of 25 passes for 144 yards and 2 Int. Offensively, Florida Atlantic is averaging 24.0 ppg on the season. Jaquez Johnson, who missed a couple of games due to injury, should be behind center on Saturday and on the season has completed 61.9% of his passes for 418 yards, 2 TD, 2 Int. The Owls have a decent rushing attacks that averages 167 yards per game and are led by Greg Howell who has 354 yards and 2 TD on 70 carries. Jenson Stoshak has been the favorite target of the Owls QB’s and has 22 receptions for 311 yards and a TD on the season. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing 32.8 ppg on 408.5 yards per game. The Owls defense has done a nice job this season as they’ve forced 12 turnovers, however the Florida Atlantic offense has struggled protecting the ball, they currently have a minus 3 turnover margin. Leading the way for the defense has been DB Sharrod Neasman (27 tackles) and DL Trevon Coley (24 tackles, 4.0 sacks).
Rice is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games in October. Florida Atlantic is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 conference games.
Rice struggled on the road against Western Kentucky but as Florida Atlantic has struggled with turnovers and is giving up more than 30 ppg, I think the Rice offense will have a big day on the road and will win this game outright. I’m taking Rice to win this one.