The FAU Owls will head on the road to take on the Ball State Cardinals in non-conference week three action Saturday afternoon from Scheumann Stadium. The Owls were crushed 48-14 at #18 UCF last week, and the Cardinals recorded a 57-29 rout of Fordham of the FCS in their previous tilt. These schools last met in 2016 in a game Ball State won 31-27.
FAU Hunting for First Win After Facing Two Tough Opponents
The FAU Owls have the toughest portion of their schedule out of the way. HC Lane Kiffin and the Owls kicked off their regular season with a 45-21 loss to #5 Ohio State, succeeded by a terrible 48-14 home loss to #18 UCF in their home opener last week. QB Chris Robison was decent against the Buckeyes but struggled last week. The sophomore QB has only notched 355 passing yards with a 1:1 TD to INT ratio in two games. The Owls running game has not been able to fill the void left by star Devin Singletary, rushing for an average of only 80 yards in two games. Freshman Larry McCammon III leads the way with 70 yards.
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The Owls also lost last year’s leading receiver and they are leaning on tight end Harrison Bryant in the air. The senior will likely be targeted frequently in this one after making 10 receptions for 130 yards in two games. The FAU offense does have potential considering they were able to score 21 points against Ohio State.
The Owls defense has struggled in their first two games against two ranked opponents. Their defense was an issue in 2018, and they are especially having trouble against the run early this season, however, Ball State hasn’t done a whole lot on the ground through two games. FAU has averaged 17.5 points in their two games, and they have allowed an average of 46.5 points.
Cardinals Defeat Fordham After Week One Loss
The Ball State Cardinals enter this challenging matchup with confidence. They were very competitive in a 34-24 loss to Indiana of the Big Ten in their season opener, and they stomped Fordham of the FCS by a 57-29 score last week. Cardinals’ QB Drew Plitt is off to a sizzling start to the season, accumulating a remarkable 737 passing yards with a dazzling 8:2 TD to INT ratio. The junior QB appears he is ready to take a step forward after posting a 6:8 TD to INT ratio last year.
Watch for Caleb Huntley as the junior RB has seen several carries already this season. Huntley was able to rush for 81 yards on 22 carries against Indiana in week one, and he rushed for 64 yards last week. Huntley did not play much last year, however, he amassed over 1000 yards in 2017.
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Cardinals’ top receiver Riley Miller is enjoying a nice start, collecting 10 grabs for 167 yards in two games. The senior WR tallied 878 yards last year, and he could eclipse 1000 yards this season. Ball State struggled to generate offense with any consistency in 2018, but they have already displayed improvement this year.
The Ball State defense allowed 29 points to Fordham who is not even in the FBS circuit which is not a good sign. They conceded 326 passing yards to Indiana in week one, and their pass defense could be a big issue. The Cardinals have averaged 40.5 points in their first two games, while conceding an average of 31 points.
The FAU Owls are:
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
The Ball State Cardinals are:
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games in September.