Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-2) at Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to FAU Football Stadium to take on the FAU Owls this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 24-13, this past Saturday. Middle Tennessee jumped out to a 21-10 halftime lead and used a strong defensive effort in the 2nd half to hold on for the victory. The Blue Raiders outgained the Falcons by a 533-284 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for Middle Tennessee was QB John Urzua who started in place of injured starter Brent Stockstill and completed 24-32 passes for 290 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Blue Raiders are averaging 15.8 ppg on 335.3 total yards per game (227.3 passing yds/g; 108.0 rushing yds/g). Offensviely, Middle Tennessee is led by QB Brent Stockstill who had completed 59.7% of his passes for 4 TD and 2 INT while averaging 145.0 passing yds/g. Stockstill has missed his last two games, however, backup QB John Urzua has filled in well and has completed 65.2% of his passes for 2 TD and 3 INT while averaging passing 212.5 yds/g. The Blue Raiders have talented WR’s in both Richie James (6.3 rec/g, 68.7 yds/g, 2 TD) and Ty Lee (5.0 rec/g, 47.8 yds/g, 2 TD), however, James missed last game due to ankle sprain is questionable this week. The backfield is led by Brad Anderson (7.33 att/g, 43.33 yds/g) and Maurice Gordon (7 att/g, 26 yds/g). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 24.5 ppg on 325.5 total yards per game (220.8 passing yds/g; 104.8 rushing yds/g). The Blue Raiders have forced 2 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –7.
The Florida Atlantic Owls dropped to 1-3 on the season after losing to the University of Buffalo Bulls 34-31, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, FAU couldn’t fight back after Buffalo took a 34-24 lead with just 2:37 left in the 4th quarter. The Owls were outgained by the Bulls by a 458-412 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Florida Atlantic was Devin Singletary who carried the ball 22 times for 156 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Owls are averaging 15.8 ppg on 335.3 total yards per game (227.3 passing yds/g; 108.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Florida Atlantic is led by RB Devin Singletary who had 5 TD’s on the season while averaging 89.8 rushing yds/g on 14.0 att/g. QB Daniel Parr has completed 57.3% of his passes on the season with 4 TD and 2 INT while averaging 196.0 passing yds/g. The Owls WR's are led by DeAndre McNeal (4.5 rec/g, 74.5 yds/g, 2 TD) and Willie Wright (2.3 rec/g, 45.0 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Florida Atlantic is holding their opponents to an average of 26.8 ppg on 416.3 total yards per game (156.8 passing yds/g; 259.5 rushing yds/g). The Owls have forced 6 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +1.
The Blue Raiders are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road however are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. FAU. The Owls are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home.
Middle Tennessee is dealing with a bunch of injuries at the moment and we currently don’t know the status of QB Brent Stockstill, WR Richie James, and RB Shane Tucker. It was interesting watching the Blue Raiders recent victory over Bowling Green as their offense looked like a completely different team then what we’ve come to expect from Middle Tennessee. FAU has had a slow start under Lane Kiffin however, the Owls did play Wisconsin tougher than expected on the road earlier this season and was a play or two away from taking a home a victory against Buffalo. This game probably won’t be lined until we know whether Brent Stockstill and Richie James will play, and my thoughts are that if they are playing I’m going with Middle Tennessee and if not, I’m probably just going to stay away from this one. Please check back later for an update when/if the line is posted.