Florida Atlantic Owls 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Florida Atlantic Owls Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Florida Atlantic Owls: 8 Wins -- Title Odds: 500/1

Florida Atlantic had a pretty darn good football season in 2019. The Owls went 11-3 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA play, beating UAB in the conference championship game 49-6. Florida Atlantic then earned an invite to the Boca Raton Bowl, where they took out SMU 52-28. This season, Florida Atlantic will look to repeat as C-USA champions and bag another bowl victory. Get Free College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at Florida Atlantic’s current status and break down their chances at hitting nine wins in 2020. 

There’s really not a whole lot to be disappointed with when it comes to the Owls’ 2019 campaign. The team was projected to finish third in the division prior to the season, but shattered pretty much everybody’s expectations. FAU dropped their first two games to Ohio State and UCF but impressively went 11-1 the rest of the way, an October 18 loss to Marshall being their only blemish. The scoring was on point for pretty much the entire season, as the Owls boasted a pretty stout offense. 

This season, Florida Atlantic will hit the reset button on the coaching staff, as Lane Kiffin is gone and it’s Willie Taggart’s team now. Clint Trickett and Drew Mehringer will run the offense, while Jim Leavitt takes over as defensive coordinator. The new crew will need to tweak things a little on the defensive side, but should be pretty well set up offensively with guys like QB Chris Robison and running back Malcolm Davidson. The returning players in impact spots will be a great lift for this newly-installed coaching staff. 

Schedule-wise, Florida Atlantic opens up with a pretty rough-looking road trip versus Minnesota, but other than that it seems like a pretty manageable slate of games. The Owls do have a few bullet points for big matchups however, like going to Southern Miss and Marshall, as well as a late-season trip to FIU. That said, if the team can play consistently the whole season, the potential for double-digit wins here is pretty good. 

Pick: This is a tough one, but I’m going over. Sure, a lot of things have to go right for FAU this season, which isn’t always a given under a new coaching staff. That said, Taggart and the gang have a lot of pieces to work with, and a few guys stepping up as reliable role-players—and a reasonable defensive performance—will go a long way toward the Owls’ success this season. I think nine wins is doable in this case. 

2020 Florida Atlantic Owls Football Schedule 

Day, Date                                  Opponent

Thursday, September 3                at Minnesota 

Saturday, September 12              Stony Brook 

Saturday, September 19              at Georgia Southern   

Saturday, September 26              USF 

Saturday, October 3                    Charlotte   

Saturday, October 10                   at Southern Miss 

Saturday, October 17                   OPEN 

Saturday, October 24                   at Marshall 

Saturday, October 31                   UTSA  

Saturday, November 7                 Western Kentucky  

Saturday, November 14                at FIU 

Saturday, November 21               Old Dominion 

Saturday, November 28                at Middle Tennessee    

Saturday, December 5                 C-USA Championship

Andrew’s Pick Over 8 Wins

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.