Southern Illinois Salukis at Florida Atlantic Owls - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Illinois Salukis (0-0) at Florida Atlantic Owls (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Illinois Salukis pay a visit to FBS member the Florida Atlantic Owls on opening day.
Nick Hill takes over the Southern Illinois Salukis who he played for but he might be stepping in to the unknown with a squad that was only 3-8 and is in rebuilding mode with 12 starters returning. The first order of business of finding a quarterback for the Salukis might be complete with Division II Josh Straughan likely under center for the opener at Florida Atlantic. The question on defense is whether SIU has enough talent to surround linebackers Markese Jackson and Chase Allen. On offense, Straughn and wide receiver Billy Reed will be playing catch while Daquan Isom will be a top option in the running game.
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Head coach Chalie Partridge was just 3-9 in 2015 but his team was young and just 1-4 in one possession games. Former Samford offensive coordinator Travis Trickett has one speed…fast but before the Owls play one snap he must decide if Jason Driskel or Daniel Parr will be under center on opening day. Florida Atlantic loses top receiver Jenson Stoshak (57-825) but the next four are back with nearly 1,100 receiving yards so more explosiveness and efficiency is a must and Wake transfer Tyler Cameron and Nate Terry might provide it. FAU were a ‘four yards and a cloud of dust’ rushing team with Greg Howell and Jay Warren averaging less then five yards per carry. Florida Atlantic returns four starters on the offensive line including All CUSA LT Reggie Bain.
The Salukis are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and the over is 4-1 in Salukis last 5 games overall while going 4-1 in Salukis last 5 non-conference games. The Owls are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and the under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 games on grass while going 5-1 in Owls last 6 games overall. I think the Owls have enough talent to win by double figures…