The Florida Atlantic Owls (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they face the North Texas Mean Green (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) on Saturday afternoon. The Owls are coming off a 28-26 loss to Purdue as 16-point underdogs. The Mean Green are coming off a 44-34 loss to Memphis as 13-point underdogs.
Florida Atlantic and North Texas split their last 10 meetings.
Owls Going For Second Consecutive Conference WinThe Owls kicked off their season with a win over Charlotte, giving them their first conference win of the season. They lost three of their last four games and will try to get back on track with a win over the Mean Green, which will give them their second conference win of the season.
Florida Atlantic is averaging 32.6 points per game. They are throwing for 246.2 yards and rushing for 215.2 yards per game.
N'Kosi Perry completed 60 percent of his passes for 230 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the loss to the Boilermakers. He also led the team with 13 carries for 94 yards, while LaJohntay Wester had nine catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns.
Florida Atlantic has struggled defensively, giving up 26.2 points per game. They have been unable to stop the run and will need to do a better job against the run because they’re facing the 30th-best running team in the country.
Mean Green Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing StreakThe Mean Green followed up their win over TSU with two straight losses. They will try to snap their losing streak with a win over the Owls, which will give them their second straight home win and third win in their last six games.
North Texas is averaging 32.2 points per game. They are throwing for 278.2 yards and rushing for 196.8 yards per game.
Austin Aune completed 55 percent of his passes for 371 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the loss to the Tigers. The interceptions led to two touchdowns for Memphis’ defense, so he will need to be more careful with the ball in this game.
Oscar Adaway III had 12 carries for 46 yards, while Ja'Mori Maclin had three catches for 81 yards and one touchdown.
North Texas has struggled defensively, giving up 38 points per game. They gave up more than 40 points per game in their last two games and will need to do a better job on that end if they want to snap their losing streak.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Mean Green lost two straight road games, but they are back home where they have played better. They continue to put up a lot of points thanks to a balanced offense that is in the top 40 in passing and rushing. Even though they couldn’t get their ground game going against Memphis, expect them to bounce back with a big performance against the Owls, who are terrible against the run and gave up over 200 yards on the ground in their last game. The Mean Green also won’t have trouble moving the ball through the air against the Owls, who have been equally as bad against the pass. The Owls have also played well offensively, but they are a run-heavy team that is picking up over 200 yards per game on the ground. Even though the Mean Green don’t defend the run well, they won’t be facing much of a threat from the Owls’ passing game and will be able to stack up the box and keep the Owls from killing them on the ground, so go with the Mean Green to cover as home dogs in this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Owls have a potent offense that is averaging 32.6 points per game and 32 points per game on the road. They averaged 49.3 points per game in their last three games against the Mean Green. They are dominant on the ground, and they’re facing a defense that has struggled against the run and is giving up 38 points per game, so expect them to hit their average in this game. The Mean Green are averaging 32.2 points per game and 34.5 points per game at home. They averaged 29.6 points per game in their last three games against the Owls. They throw and run the ball very well and they’re facing a defense that hasn’t been able to stop opponents from doing either while giving up 34.5 points per game on the road, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Mean Green and Owls played over the total in two of their last three meetings.