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Middle Tennessee vs. Florida Atlantic - 11/22/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (3-7) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-5)
Date & Time Saturday November 22, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -6.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Florida Atlantic Owls (3-7) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-5)

The Florida Atlantic Owls and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders play Saturday at Floyd Stadium.

The Florida Atlantic Owls have lost three straight games and are still looking for their first road win. Jaquez Johnson is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Johnson has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and Florida Atlantic has 14 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Lucky Whitehead and Jenson Stoshak have combined for more than 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while Alex Deleon has caught a touchdown in three straight games. Florida Atlantic’s ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Jay Warren leads the way with 441 yards and a touchdown. Jaquez Johnson leads the Owls with five rushing touchdowns and Florida Atlantic has won five straight games when rushing for at least two scores. Defensively, the Florida Atlantic Owls are allowing 34.7 points, 457.1 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 12 turnovers. Andrae Kirk leads Florida Atlantic with 83 tackles and Trey Hendrickson has 8.5 tackles for loss.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost three of their last four games but are still just one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Austin Grammer is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Grammer has six touchdowns and five interceptions in his last two games, and Middle Tennessee has 28 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Ed'Marques Batties and Marcus Henry have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Devin Clarke has seven of his 25 receptions in his last two games. Middle Tennessee is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Reggie Whatley leads the way with 566 yards and four touchdowns and Shane Tucker has six touchdowns. Defensively, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 32 points, 453.1 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 18 turnovers. T.T. Barber leads Middle Tennessee with 64 tackles and Shubert Bastien has nine tackles for loss.

The Owls are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 road games and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

You have to be a nut to consider putting money down on either of these teams given the way they've played all season. However, the FAU Owls have been money all season ATS and that shouldn't change against a Blue Raiders squad that isn't that great in their own right. Give me the points if I had to pick, but the best bet may be avoiding this game altogether. 

Florida Atlantic Owls +6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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