C-USA Week 2 Overview: FAU Wins But Doesn't Cover vs. Air Force

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 3:01 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018 3:01 PM UTC

The joy of last season for Florida Atlantic was quickly washed away as the Owls were thrashed by Oklahoma 63-14 last week as 18.5-point road underdogs. And it was not even that close.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Doug's 2018 CFB Record: 1-1</strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/air-force-falcons-vs-florida-atlantic-owls-3448802/odds/" title="Game Odds">Air Force (1-0 SU and ATS) at Florida Atlantic (0-1 SU and ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Saturday, 2 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NCAAF Pick: Air Force +10</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4404&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3448802, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,1602,999991,139,1252], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>For Air Force and Florida Atlantic, the results of their season-starting games had to do with who they faced. The Falcons flew by Stony Brook 38-0 as 15-point home favorites, holding them to 75 yards of offense on 50 plays. FAU was no match for the speed and power of Oklahoma, trailing 56-0 before the Sooners went deep into the depth chart.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/" target="_blank" title="Live NCAAF Odds">college football odds</a>, there is still ample faith in Florida Atlantic, as they were pushed from -7.5 to -10 early in the week against Air Force. Defense, more than offense, will determine this nonconference clash.</p><p>FAU head coach Lane Kiffin was counting on his 10 returning defensive starters making improvement from one year to the next. Probably facing Oklahoma is not a fair way to judge the Owls defense, which was slow afoot against the Sooners. This week, FAU defenders will face Air Force's potent option offense. Owls defensive players will have to be disciplined, read their keys and stay in lanes to slow the Falcons. If they can create penetration and take away the option dive with the fullback, that will help their cause.</p><p>Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun knew he had to repair the worst run defense in the country last year. Inexperience was a massive issue. This season, with all but one defender upperclassmen, the Air Force defense should be better in 2018. Playing in the Mountain West, they do see more speed than what you would typically find in C-USA. But having to deal with RB Devin Singletary and the Owls' deceptive offense could be a problem.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/AuCjH0cY24k", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>The Flyboys' big concern is stopping the run, but if they leave their cornerbacks on an island, FAU has the speed at receiver to blow by the Air Force secondary.</p><p>For your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/" target="_blank" title="Free NCAAF Picks">college football picks</a>, it's easy to look at Kiffin's squad and like them in a bounce-back effort, when also consider they were 7-1 and 6-2 ATS at FAU Stadium last year. Nevertheless, it's hard to imagine Air Force will be intimidated, having played at places such as Michigan, Michigan State and Boise State in recent years.</p><p>If the number stays at 10, know this, the Flyboys are 7-2 ATS the last few years when catching points on the road. Florida Atlantic may well win the game, just by single digits.</p><p> </p><h2>Around Conference USA (All Games Saturday Unless Noted)</h2><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/appalachian-state-mountaineers-vs-charlotte-49ers-3448616/odds/" title="Game Odds">Appalachian State at Charlotte (+13.5)</a>, 6 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: </strong>Appalachian State almost delivered the knockout punch to Penn State before falling in OT. Charlotte covered against Fordham last week but is 6-14-1 ATS as a double-digit underdog.</p><p><strong>Eastern Kentucky at Marshall (-27.5), 6:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+:</strong> These teams used to meet regularly when Marshall was one class lower in football. Both squads won their openers and the Thundering Herd is on a 7-0 (5-1-1 ATS) run in first home games.</p><p><strong>UT-Martin at Mid. Tenn. State (-17.5), 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN+:</strong> UT-Martin was blasted in their season opener 51-14. Middle Tennessee State was whipped rather handily by Vanderbilt 35-7 and needs a victory before playing at Georgia next week.</p><p><strong>Southern at Louisiana Tech (-35.5), 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN+:</strong> Southern was laid out 55-7 by TCU, but did cover the +50. This is the second meeting, with the first three years ago when Louisiana Tech was a 62-14 victor.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/louisiana-monroe-warhawks-vs-southern-miss-golden-eagles-3449291/odds/" title="Game Odds">UL-Monroe at Southern Miss (-6)</a>, 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN3:</strong> Southern Miss won this matchup 28-17 on the road as a touchdown favorite last year, but is 3-14 ATS at home after outgaining their previous foe by 225 or more total yards.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/uab-blazers-vs-coastal-carolina-chanticleers-3449269/odds/" title="Game Odds">UAB (-10) at Coastal Carolina</a>, 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN+:</strong> These teams met last season with UAB winning 30-23 at home as a "pick." The Blazers were outgained 327-274, however, but won the turnover battle by +2.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/baylor-bears-vs-utsa-roadrunners-3448612/odds/" title="Game Odds">Baylor at UTSA (+15)</a>, 7 p.m. ET:</strong> Baylor won last week 55-27 winner over Abilene Christian (+41), yet, they allowed 466 yards. UTSA was never in the game against Arizona State last Saturday but did upset the Bears 17-10 last year in Waco.</p><p><strong>Maine at Western Kentucky (-9.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+: </strong>Maine was an impressive 35-7 winner to start their season and travels south to take on Western Kentucky, who is 19-3 SU in home openers, winning by 28 PPG.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/florida-international-golden-panthers-vs-old-dominion-monarchs-3448801/odds/" title="Game Odds">Florida International (-1.5) at Old Dominion</a>, 7:30 p.m. ET:</strong> FIU at least covered the spread versus Indiana to start their season. ODU was manhandled by Liberty 52-10 in their first game as FBS outfit, surrendering 591 yards. The Monarchs are 3-1 (1-2-1 ATS) vs. the Panthers.</p><p><strong>Incarnate Word at North Texas (-39.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN+:</strong> Incarnate Word fell to New Mexico 62-30 and faces another very strong offensive team in North Texas, who smothered SMU 46-23 as three-point favorites.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/utep-miners-vs-unlv-rebels-3453919/odds/" title="Game Odds">UTEP (+24.5) at UNLV</a>, 9 p.m. ET:</strong> UTEP might lead this series 5-2 SU all-time, however, after being nailed by Northern Arizona 30-10, it could be a very long night in south Nevada desert for the Miners.</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/rice-owls-vs-hawaii-warriors-3453520/odds/" title="Game Odds">Rice (+17) at Hawaii</a>, Sunday, 12 a.m. ET:</strong> Rice played better last week even in the loss to Houston. They will face a terrific looking offense in Hawai'i that has run roughshod over Colorado State and Navy in averaging 51 PPG. Watch the total in this one; the "over" could be a play.</p>
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