Florida Atlantic Owls (4-3) at WKU Hilltoppers (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm (L.T. Smith Stadium)
The Line: WKU Hilltoppers +6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to L.T. Smith Stadium to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Florida Atlantic Owls improved to 4-3 (3-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the University of North Texas Mean Green 69-31, this past Saturday. Florida Atlantic scored early and often and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 41-7 lead. The Owls outgained the Mean Green by an 804-420 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for Florida Atlantic was RB Devin Singletary who carried the ball 17 times for 123 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Owls are averaging 39.1 ppg on 485.4 total yards per game (199.9 passing yds/g; 285.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, FAU is led by RB Devin Singletary who has 14 TD on the season while averaging 115.6 rushing yds/g on 17.6 att/g. QB Jason Driskel has completed 66.1% of his passes on the season for 3 TD and 2 INT while averaging 134.3 passing yds/g. The Owls receivers are led by WR Willie Wright (3.5 rec/g, 54.8 yds/g, 2 TD), WR DeAndre McNeal (3.1 rec/g, 46.1 yds/g, 2 TD), and TE Harrison Bryant (3.3 rec/g, 42.6 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, FAU is holding their opponents to an average of 26.6 ppg on 421.4 total yards per game (208.3 passing yds/g; 213.1 passing yds/g). The Owls have forced 16 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +9.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers improved to 5-2 (3-1) on the season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs 35-31, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky found themselves down 31-21 after the 3rd quarter, but the offense rallied to score the final 14 points of the game to secure the come from behind victory. Leading the way for Western Kentucky was QB Mike White who completed 24 of 34 passes for 304 yards with 5 TD and an INT. The Hilltoppers were outgained by the Monarchs by a 448-416 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 4-2 margin. On the season, the Hilltoppers are averaging 26.9 ppg on 381.6 total yards per game (300.6 passing yds/g; 81.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Kentucky is led by QB Mike White who has completed 67.2% of his passes on the season for 12 TD and 4 INT while averaging 279.6 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Hilltoppers have been TE Deon Yelder (3.9 rec/g, 48.1 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Lucky Jackson (4.0 rec/g, 53.3 yds/g, TD), and Nacarius Fant (4.4 rec/g, 40.1 yds/g, 2 TD). Western Kentucky’s backfield is led by Quinton Baker (10.60 att/g, 42.8 yds/g, TD) and D'Andre Ferby (9.0 att/g, 30.20 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Western Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 26.6 ppg on 421.4 total yards per game (208.3 passing yds/g; 213.1 rushing yds/g). The Hilltoppers have forced 10 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +2.
The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 24-11 ATS in their last 35 road games. The Hilltoppers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games in October and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Lane Kiffin has the FAU offense running on all cylinders as of late as since conference play has started, the Owls are averaging an incredible 55.0 ppg. Western Kentucky came into the season as the favorites in the C-USA Conference, however, the offense has uncharacteristically has had trouble and after watching last week’s game against Old Dominion, the Hilltoppers certainly have some holes in their defense. It’s hard to pass up decent points at home with Western Kentucky, however, I just don’t see the FAU offense slowing down in this one and think that the Owls come away with a at least a 7-point win in this one. Take FAU to cover.