MTSU vs Florida Atlantic Odds and Picks Against the Spread
Saturday, October 12, 2019
FAU Football Stadium
FAU Football Stadium is the venue where Chris Robison and the Florida Atlantic Owls will take on the MTSU Blue Raiders on Saturday. Florida Atlantic opens this game as 9-point favorites. The Blue Raiders are 2-3-0 ATS and 3-1-1 when betting on the total. The Owls are 2-2-1 when wagering on the over/under and 3-2-0 against the spread.
Key MTSU Blue Raiders Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Florida Atlantic Owls Injuries
No key injuries to report
In the last game they played, the MTSU Blue Raiders faced the Marshall Thundering Herd and earned the win by a score of 24-13. Running the show from under center for the Blue Raiders was Asher O'Hara who went 17/30 with 261 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He ended the game with no interceptions. Asher O'Hara paced the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 27 yards and he tallied 1 TD in the game. He ran for 76 yards on 17 carries which meant he was running for 4.5 yards per run. Jarrin Pierce led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 74 yards on 4 receptions. He had an average of 18.5 yards per reception during the game. The Blue Raiders ran the ball 37 times and earned 140 yards giving them an average of 3.8 yards per carry. For the contest, the Blue Raiders racked up a total of 21 1st downs and they totaled 1 penalty for 15 yards which tells us that they had a disciplined week in practice. Overall, they finished with a total of 67 plays which gave them a total of 401 yards. In terms of defense, MTSU gave up 26 catches on 43 tries totaling 376 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.5%. Overall, they allowed 578 yards and earned 4 takeaways. Against the run, the Blue Raiders gave up 202 yards on 39 attempts which gave the opponent an average of 5.2 yards per attempt allowed.
The Blue Raiders head into this matchup 2-3 this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country averaging 22.2 points per game, putting them 104th in D-1. As a unit, they are averaging 132.4 yards on the ground per contest which is 9th in C-USA. For total yards, they are currently ranked 9th in the conference and 95th in D-1 with 1,861 yards. The Blue Raiders have one of the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 33.6 points per game which has them at 13th in Conference USA. When talking about yards rushing, MTSU is allowing 243.8 yards per contest ranking them 14th in Conference USA and 127th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.5 yards per carry which has them at 13th in the conference and 123rd in Division 1 overall. In total, they have allowed 1,219 yards rushing through 5 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Blue Raiders have allowed 1,199 yards. Opponents are completing 66.7% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.4 yards per attempt.
The last time they played, the Florida Atlantic Owls took on the Charlotte 49ers and won 45-27. Malcolm Davidson led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 22 yards and he tallied 2 TD's for the contest. He ran for 83 yards on 13 carries which had him averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Harrison Bryant was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 96 yards on 6 catches. He notched an average of 16.0 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Owls was Chris Robison who went 20/27 with 312 yards passing and added 2 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception in the game. The Owls ran the ball 50 times and earned a total of 238 yards earning them an average of 4.8 yards per run. For the game, they ran 78 plays which added up to 559 yards. For the game, the Owls racked up a total of 22 first downs and they totaled 9 penalties for 80 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. In terms of defense, Florida Atlantic allowed 19 completions on 37 throws for a total of 284 yards, and a completion percentage of 51.4%. For the game, they gave up a total of 346 yards and earned 3 turnovers. In the running game, the Owls allowed 62 yards on 26 tries which gave them an average of 2.4 yards per run allowed.
The Owls come into this matchup with a record of 3-2. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Owls have one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Florida Atlantic needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 131.6 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 101st in college football. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 658 yards rushing through 5 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Owls average 423 yards per game overall ranking them 65th in the nation and 5th in Conference USA. The Owls are giving up 31.6 points per game which puts them at 10th in C-USA and 102nd in college football. In regard to points given up, they have given up 158 total points. In regard to yards on the ground, they are giving up 154.8 yards per game ranking them 65th in Division 1 and 5th in Conference USA. For this year, they have conceded a total of 774 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in college football. They are allowing 259.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Owls currently sit at 12th in Conference USA.
Who will win tonight's Blue Raiders/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Raiders +9
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