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FAU vs. Akron - Boca Raton Bowl - 12/19/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (7-6) at Florida Atlantic Owls (10-3)

College Football: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -22.5 -- Over/Under: 61.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Akron Zips and the Florida Atlantic Owls meet on the gridiron in the Boca Raton Bowl on ESPN.

The Akron Zips come into the Boca Raton Bowl with a 7-6 overall record, including a 5-3 conference record to sit atop the MAC East standings and punch a ticket to the MAC Championship where they fell to the Toledo Rockets by a final score of 45-28. Thomas Woodson completed 159 of his 278 pass attempts for just under 1,800 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, while Kato Nelson tossed for 909 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 picks but completed less than 50% of his pass attempts. Manny Morgan led the Zips on the ground with 393 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, while Warren Ball added 4 ground scores of his own and Van Edwards Jr. added 348 rushing yards. Kwadarrius Smith led Akron’s receivers with 719 yards and 7 touchdowns, while A.J. Coney added 523 yards and Tra’Von Chapman chipped in a team-high 51 catches. The Zips were near the bottom of the country in terms of defense, allowing a total of 432 yards per game with just over 197 rushing yards against per contest.

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FAU vs. Akron - Boca Raton Bowl - 12/19/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls will try to complete a remarkable season with a bowl victory and cap of the year with a 10-game win streak. The Owls finished the year 10-3, with an 8-0 record in conference play, culminating in a C-USA East division title and a spot in the Conference USA championship where the Owls took down the North Texas Mean Green by a final score of 41-17. Jason Driskel completed 166 of his 253 pass attempts for a 65.6% completion percentage, finishing with just under 2,000 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Devin Singletary led the Owls ground attack with almost 1,800 yards and 30 all-purpose touchdowns, 29 coming on the ground. Greg Howell Jr. added 690 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, while Willie Wright led the team with 586 receiving yards on 49 receptions to go along with 4 touchdowns. Kalib Woods added 540 yards and 4 touchdowns of his own while Harrison Bryant chipped in 5 TD grabs to lead the Owls in that department. The Owls defense wasn’t much far off from Akron’s, giving up 408 yards of total offense per game.

Akron is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games. FAU is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win.

Both of these teams come into this one 9-4 ATS this season, and while FAU boasts a lethal offense, their defensive prowess leaves a bit to be desired. I just feel like this is too many points considering that Akron just hung around with a Toledo team that plays a similar style of offense to FAU and let’s be real, this is a bowl game. Guys step up for these games because it’s the last game of the season and for some of these guys, the last game of their college career. I expect Akron to leave it all on the field here, and at worst, cover this large spread.

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