North Texas Mean Green (9-3) at Florida Atlantic Owls (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Texas Mean visit the Florida Atlantic Owls for the CUSA title in college football action.
The North Texas Mean Green head to the CUSA championship riding a five game winning streak after defeating the Rice Owls 30-14 as a 12.5 point road favorite on Saturday. North Texas led 24-14 at the intermission and tossed a shutout in the second half behind a 383-282 yardage advantage with Jaelon Darden adding an 81 yard punt return that gave the team a 21-7 lead.
UNT quarterback Mason Fine connected on 18-25 for 195 yards and a touchdown along with a 75 yard pick six with Rico Bussey Jr. hauling in a 51 yard scoring strike. Nic Smith gave the Mean Green an explosive performance on the ground with 178 yards on 26 carries including a 13 yard scoring run.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have won eight in a row to go 8-0 in the CUSA to easily capture the East crown and earn home field advantage for the conference championship game. The Owls completed a perfect conference season with a 31-12 victory versus the Charlotte 49ers as a 25 point road favorite. FAU rolled to a 24-6 lead at the half and finished with a huge 563-255 yardage edge with a pair of lost fumbles making this score closer then it was.
Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel was deadly efficient on 18-22 for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Willie Wright was the Owls top receiving option with nine receptions for 103 yards including a 41 yard TD while Kamrin Soloman snagged a 20 yard scoring strike. Devin Singletary was the face of the Florida Atlantic rushing attack with 108 yards and a pair of scores on 19 touches while Greg Howell Jr. totaled 63 yards on eleven totes.
North Texas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and North Texas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and North Texas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. Under is 5-0 in Florida Atlantic last 5 games in December and Florida Atlantic are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and Florida Atlantic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
It’s going to be tough for Florida Atlantic to duplicate the first meeting that wasn’t close but for now I’ll back the Owls with Jeffrey Wilson out...