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
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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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.