Florida Atlantic vs UTSA NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/23/2019
Game: Florida Atlantic Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: UTSA +18.5
Lowell Narcisse and the UTSA Roadrunners host the Florida Atlantic Owls at Alamodome on Saturday, November 23, 2019. UTSA opens this matchup as 18.5-point dogs. The Owls are 7-3-0 ATS and 4-5-1 when betting on the total. The Roadrunners are 4-4-2 when wagering on the over/under and 5-5-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Florida Atlantic Owls played the FIU Golden Panthers and earned the victory by a score of 37-7. Malcolm Davidson led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 31 yards and he added 3 touchdowns for the game. He ran for a total of 144 yards by way of 17 carries which gave him an average of 8.5 yards per carry. Deangelo Antoine was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 125 yards on 9 receptions. He averaged 13.9 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Owls was Chris Robison who went 22/37 with 298 yards passing and threw 1 touchdown. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Owls ended up rushing 44 times and generated 261 yards giving them an average of 5.9 yards per run. For the game, the Owls had a total of 30 1st downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 45 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. On the day, they ran 83 plays which gave them a total of 579 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Florida Atlantic allowed 20 catches on 38 attempts totaling 192 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.6%. Against the run, the Owls allowed 112 yards on 29 carries which is an average of 3.9 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they conceded 304 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
The Owls come into this game with a record of 7-3 for the 2019 season. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 33.5 points per game, which has them at 35th in the nation. As a unit, they have an average of 152.7 rushing yards per game which is 8th in C-USA. For total yardage, they currently sit at 3rd in Conference USA and 43rd in the nation with 4,355 yards. The Owls have one of the middle tier defenses in the country, giving up 24.1 points per contest ranking them 5th in Conference USA. When it comes to passing yards, the Owls have allowed 2,828 yards. Teams are completing 58.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.5 yards per attempt. When talking about yards rushing, Florida Atlantic is giving up 139.9 yards per contest which has them at 6th in Conference USA and 45th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4 yards per carry putting them 7th in the conference and 52nd in college football overall. In total, they have conceded 1,399 yards rushing through 10 contests.
The last time they took the field, the UTSA Roadrunners played the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and took the loss by a score of 36-17. Sincere McCormick led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 13 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 54 yards via 17 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.2 yards per run. Zakhari Franklin was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 97 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 13.9 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Roadrunners was Lowell Narcisse who went 21/40 with 325 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. The Roadrunners ran the ball 37 times and added 97 yards which earned them an average of 2.6 yards per attempt. For the game, they finished with a total of 77 plays which added up to 422 yards. Overall, the Roadrunners earned a total of 20 1st downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 49 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When it comes to their defensive performance, UTSA gave up 22 completions on 34 throws totaling 290 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.7%. On the day, they gave up a total of 496 yards and earned 2 turnovers. Against the run, the Roadrunners gave up 206 yards on 37 carries which means they had an average of 5.6 yards per run allowed.
The Roadrunners head into this game 4-6. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Roadrunners leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in D-1. UTSA is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 164.5 rushing yards per game, ranking them 64th in college football. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,645 rushing yards through 10 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Roadrunners average 334.5 yards per contest overall which has them at 113th in the country and 11th in Conference USA. The Roadrunners are allowing 32.6 points per contest ranking them 11th in Conference USA and 101st in the nation. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 326 points in total. When it comes to rushing yards, they are allowing 203.5 yards per contest ranking them 110th in Division 1 and 12th in Conference USA. This year, they have given up 2,035 rushing yards and 23 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middling units in D-1. They are giving up 210.3 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Roadrunners are ranked 4th in C-USA.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Roadrunners college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Owls -18.5
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