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#179 UCF vs.
#180 Florida Atlantic (FAU)
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:30pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

The Florida Atlantic Owls (2-1, 1-0 C-USA) will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the UCF Knights (1-1, 0-0 American) when they play on Saturday night. The Knights are coming off a 20-14 loss to Louisville as 5.5-point favorites. The Owls are coming off a 42-9 win over South East Louisiana as 11-point favorites.

Central Florida is 3-0 in three games against Florida Atlantic.

Knights Going For First Road Win

The Knights followed up their win over South Carolina State with a loss to Louisville in a game they were favored to win. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Owls, which will give them their first road win and second win in their last three games.

Central Florida has played well offensively through two games, averaging 35 points per game. They are throwing for 219.5 yards and rushing for 252.5 yards per game.

John Rhys Plumlee completed 47 percent of his passes for 131 yards and one interception in the loss to Louisville. He also had 17 carries for 83 yards. Isaiah Bowser had 15 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while Javon Baker had five catches for 84 yards.

Central Florida has played well defensively, giving up 15 points per game. They struggled against the run in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to get past the Owls.

Owls Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Owls bounced back from their loss to Ohio with a win over the Lions in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Knights, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

Florida Atlantic has played well offensively, averaging 41 points per game through three games. They are throwing for 297.7 yards and rushing for 228 yards per game.

N'Kosi Perry completed 60 percent of his passes for 259 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Zuberi Mobley had 20 carries for 146 yards and one touchdown. Larry McCammon had 15 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown, while LaJohntay Wester had eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Florida Atlantic has played well defensively, giving up 21 points per game. They gave up nine points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to win this game.

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Neither team has beaten a good team yet, but the Owls have looked more impressive, especially on the offensive end, with the team scoring more than 35 points in three straight games. They also have a very good balance on offense, ranking in the top 25 in passing and running. The Knights have played well against the pass, but their run defense isn’t very good, with the team giving up more than 200 yards per game, so expect the Owls to exploit their weakness. The Knights have also done very well running the ball, with the team averaging more than 250 yards per game. Unfortunately for them, they will struggle offensively in this game because the Owls are great against the run, giving up less than 70 rushing yards per game at home, which will allow them to focus on pressuring Plumlee and force him into making mistakes, so go with the Owls to cover the spread.

Prediction: Florida Atlantic Owls +8

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The Knights are averaging 35 points per game through their first two games. They averaged 45.6 points per game in their last three games against the Owls. They will have a hard time running the ball against the Owls, but they should be able to take advantage of their pass defense and score at least 21 points in this game. The Owls are averaging 41 points per game so far. They averaged 26.3 points per game in their last three games against the Knights. With UCF having a tough time stopping any team’s passing game, the Owls will score enough points to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Over 62
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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