Florida Atlantic Owls (0-0) at Georgia Southern Eagles (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Allen E. Paulson Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles +6 -- Over/Under: 50 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls and Georgia Southern Eagles meet Saturday in college football action at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.
The Florida Atlantic Owls look for another successful season after winning 11 games that included a 5-1 record on the road. The biggest task for new head coach Willie Taggart is finding a reliable starting quarterback to replace Chris Robison, and last month there were four guys in the running for the job. FAU also says goodbye to its top-three receivers from last season, which doesn’t help the offense out of the gate. The good news for the Owls is that leading rusher Malcolm Davidson returns, and he rushed for 711 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a sophomore. Defensively, Zyon Gilbert returns after 58 tackles, Leighton McCarthy had six sacks and Ahman Ross had 2.5 tackles for loss. FAU has a new coaching staff in place and is replacing a ton of production from a year ago. There’s sure to be growing pains with these FAU Owls.
The Georgia Southern Eagles look for a 2-0 start to the season after beating Campbell by one point in their season opener. The Georgia Southern Eagles have won five straight home games. Shai Werts is completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 53 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Werts has eight combined touchdown passes in his last six games. D.J. Butler and Malik Murray have combined for 40 receiving yards and one touchdown while Khaleb Hood has one reception. The Georgia Southern Eagles ground game is averaging 284 yards per contest, and Werts leads the way with 155 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Georgia Southern is allowing 26 points and 369 yards per game. Java'n Singletary leads the Georgia Southern Eagles with seven tackles, Raymond Johnson III has two sacks and Justin Birdsong has one pass deflection.
The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The over is 6-1-1 in Owls last 8 road games. The under is 4-1 in Eagles last 5 home games.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have a new coaching staff and will have a ton of new faces on both sides of the ball, so it's going to be interesting to see how this team looks and if they're able to recapture the magic they've had the last couple of years under Lane Kiffin. The Georgia Southern Eagles had the benefit of knocking the rust off and getting in the swing of things with a victory last week, but they nearly lost to an FCS program in Campbell. That's not good when going up against an FAU program that's improved and is starting to get better athletes.
New faces or not, FAU should win this game given what we saw from Georgia Southern last week. I'll lay the touchdown.