Southern Miss vs Florida Atlantic NCAA Football Point Spread Picks 11/30/2019
Game: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Florida Atlantic Owls
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL
TV: NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Florida Atlantic -8.5
Chris Robison and the Florida Atlantic Owls play the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at FAU Stadium on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Florida Atlantic opens this contest as 8.5-point favorites. The Golden Eagles are 6-5-0 ATS and 4-7-0 when betting on the total. The Owls are 5-5-1 when wagering on the over/under and 7-4-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles took on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and were defeated 28-10. Leading the way at QB for the Golden Eagles was Jack Abraham who went 16/31 with 223 yards through the air and added 1 TD. He gave away 1 interception in the game. De'Michael Harris paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 17 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 60 yards via 11 carries which gave him an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Tim Jones was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 159 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 22.7 yards per reception for the game. The Golden Eagles rushed the ball a total of 34 times and added 98 yards which gave them an average of 2.9 yards per carry. For the contest, the Golden Eagles totaled 22 1st downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 41 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. Overall, they ran 73 plays which added up to 388 yards. When discussing the defense, Southern Miss allowed 21 catches on 31 attempts totaling 231 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.7%. On the day, they conceded 365 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Golden Eagles allowed 134 yards on 34 attempts which gave them an average of 3.9 yards per carry allowed.
The Golden Eagles step onto the field holding a record of 7-4 this season. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation with an average of 28.7 points per game, which has them at 71st in D-1. As a team, they have an average of 128.5 rushing yards per game which is 11th in the conference. For total yardage, they rank 5th in the conference and 55th in D-1 with 4,678 yards. The Golden Eagles have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 25.2 points per game putting them 6th in the conference. When it comes to yards rushing, Southern Miss is allowing 108.9 yards per contest which has them at 2nd in the conference and 17th in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.3 yards per carry which has them at 2nd in Conference USA and 16th in the nation overall. In total, they have allowed 1,198 yards rushing through 11 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Golden Eagles have allowed 3,265 yards. Opponents are completing 59.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try.
The last time they took the field, the Florida Atlantic Owls played the UTSA Roadrunners and won by a score of 40-26. James Charles paced the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown during the game. He rushed for 63 yards by way of 9 carries which gave him an average of 7.0 yards per tote. Harrison Bryant was the receiving yardage leader by earning 182 yards on 10 receptions. He had an average of 18.2 yards per catch for that contest. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Owls was Chris Robison who went 27/41 with 336 yards through the air and added 1 touchdown. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Owls ran the football 38 times and earned 190 yards which had them averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Overall, they finished with a total of 80 plays which added up to 526 yards. In the game, the Owls racked up a total of 31 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 35 yards which means they were extremely disciplined in this game. When discussing the defense, Florida Atlantic conceded 18 catches on 30 throws totaling 209 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. Against the run, the Owls conceded 197 yards on 37 runs which gave them an average of 5.3 yards per carry allowed. In the game, they allowed a total of 406 yards and forced 3 takeaways.
The Owls come into this game with a record of 8-3. In discussing the offensive production, the Owls have one of the top tier offenses in the country. Florida Atlantic has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 156.1 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 77th in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 1,717 yards rushing through 11 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 Owls average 443.7 yards per game overall ranking them 35th in college football and 1st in C-USA. The Owls are giving up 24.3 points per contest which puts them at 5th in C-USA and 47th in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road units in D-1. They are allowing 250.5 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Owls currently sit at 13th in Conference USA. In terms of points allowed, they have allowed 267 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are allowing 145.1 yards per contest ranking them 51st in Division 1 and 7th in Conference USA. For 2019, they have given up a total of 1,596 yards on the ground and 13.2 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Golden Eagles/Owls college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Golden Eagles +8.5
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