Middle Tennessee vs. Florida Atlantic - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Atlantic Owls (2-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Floyd Stadium.
The Florida Atlantic Owls look for their first road victory of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Florida Atlantic Owls have split their last eight road games. Chris Robison is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 923 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Robison enters this game with 119 career pass attempts under his belt. Jovon Durante and Tavaris Harrison have combined for 530 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Willie Wright has 18 receptions. The Florida Atlantic Owls ground game is averaging 220.5 yards per contest, and Devin Singletary leads the way with 341 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing 43.5 points and 481.3 yards per game. Rashad Smith leads the Florida Atlantic Owls with 37 tackles, Azeez Al-Shaair has one sack and Shelton Lewis has two pass deflections.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look to remain unbeaten at home to get back to a .500 record. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have won five of their last six home games. Brent Stockstill is completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 723 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Stockstill has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight. Brad Anderson and Patrick Smith have combined for 384 receiving yards and four touchdowns while CJ Windham has six receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Terelle West leads the way with 104 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 40.3 points and 430 yards per game. Darius Harris leads the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with 20 tackles, DQ Thomas has two sacks and Gregory Grate Jr has one interception.
The Owls are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on turf. The Owls are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the favorite is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
FAU has played two really good football teams out of the gate and hung around with UCF last week. FAU seems to be getting comfortable on the offensive end, especially Singletary, who currently leads the country with 10 rushing touchdowns. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hasn't had any breaks in their schedule either, having to play two road games against SEC teams and having serious issues offensively in both games. We're going to learn a lot from both of these teams at the end of this one. I'm giving FAU the edge here, as I like the progress the Owls offense has made and Singletary torched MTSU last year with 133 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The Florida Atlantic Owls are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games when favored by at least three points. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games when an underdog of at least three points. Lane Kiffin should be able to do enough to get FAU back on track.