Florida Atlantic Owls (3-8) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -12.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls shoot for the upset of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in college football on Saturday.
The Florida Atlantic Owls are not close to reaching the postseason at 3-8 but they can blame that on all the one possession games they lost. That wasn’t the case in week 12 where the Owls were defeated 42-24 by visiting Old Dominion where they were outgained 623-363 and outscored in the second half 29-3. FAU quarterback Jason Driskel connected on 15-27 for 219 yards but didn’t find the endzone with leading receiver Kalib Woods hauling in seven receptions for 120 yards. Deviin Singletary gave Florida Atlantic a little punch on the ground with 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries while Greg Howell added 54 yards and a score on 13 totes.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are going to a Bowl and the more wins, the better the Bowl so Saturday’s bout with Florida Atlantic is important. The Blue Raiders come off a 38-31 victory at Charlotte as a 6.5 point favorite in a back and forth contest that saw MTSU win the battle for yards 471-403 but also turn the ball over twice. Blue Raiders quarterback John Urzua completed 26-44 for 250 yards with four touchdowns and a pair of interceptions with top receiving targets Richie James and Ty Lee combine for 165 yards and a score each on 13 receptions. I’Tavius Mathers paced Middle Tennessee on the ground with 101 yards on 16 carries while Lee and James combined for 129 yards on eight touches.
Florida Atlantic are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and the over is 4-0 in Florida Atlantic last 4 games in November while the under is 4-0 in Florida Atlantic last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The over is 5-0 in Middle Tennessee last 5 games following a ATS win and the over is 4-0 in Middle Tennessee last 4 games on turf while the over is 6-1 in Middle Tennessee last 7 games following a straight up win. Florida Atlantic are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings while the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I’ll go with the Blue Raiders who want to go to the best possible Bowl which will get the school some more notoriety as well…