Smart College Football Pick: FAU +19 to Brave the Storm vs. 'Canes

Steven Suarez

Friday, September 11, 2015 2:52 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 11, 2015 2:52 PM UTC

It was a walk in the park for the Hurricanes last week, and they should be able to win easily again on Friday night against the Owls. Which NCAA football odds stand out most?

Odds Overview
As of now, the Hurricanes are favored by 18.5 points at a lot of the top sportsbooks, with some sites going as high as 19. It's a famiilar position for Miami, who trounced little-known Bethune Cookman last week and will now look to inflict similar damage on Florida Atlantic.

As far as the game's total goes, we see an O/U of 56.5 points, and there's been a sharp drop down from 59 at some sites, suggesting that the public thinks this one won't be quite as high-scoring as people think.


Florida Atlantic Owls
The Owls took part in one of the most entertaining games of opening week, but they still ended up on the losing side in a thrilling 47-44 defeat. There was practically zero defense played on either side, with both teams facing little to no resistance on their way to the end zone countless times.

For FAU, Jaquez Johnson had a very effective game, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns while also accounting for 97 yards on 20 carries as well. Greg Howell had a solid day on the ground, running 22 times for 138 yards and a couple scores, while Jenson Stoshak was the primary target, hauling in seven catches for 114 yards and a score. Kalib Woods was also a popular target and managed to find the end zone too.

It's very clearly the defensive side of things where FAU needs the most work, which isn't all that re-assuring heading into a showdown with in-state "rival" Miami. Still, we saw in the opener that the Owls will be able to score some points if necessary, and the dual-threat ability of Johnson shouldn't go unnoticed.


Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Bethune-Cookman never stood a chance against the Hurricanes, who showed no mercy en route to a 45-0 shutout victory.

Brad Kaaya had no issues slicing through the Wildcats' defense, as he completed 16-of-27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Rashawn Scott was the main beneficiary, catching a team-high six passes for 100 yards and a score, with no other wideout accounting for more than two receptions. On the running side of things, Mark Walton, Trayone Gray and Joseph Yearby all had quite a bit of success, combining for over 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Miami was obviously locked in defensively too, holding Bethune-Cookman to 26 passing yards and 53 rushing yards in total. It was as big of a mismatch as you're ever going to see on a football field; expect a tougher road for the Hurricanes against the Owls on Friday.


NCAA Football Pick
We get that a lot of people will see what Miami did in week one and overreact, but we're not on the same page with that. The Hurricanes clearly have a ton of talent, and they're going to be just fine this season, but we believe they could be in for a tougher game than most think here on the road against the Owls.

One thing we know about Florida Atlantic is they can put up points in a hurry. Johnson has proven to be a more than capable quarterback, and he can burn you with either his arm or his legs, which could pose problems for the Hurricanes. There are other talented guys in the mix too like Howell, Stoshak and Woods.

The College Football Odds are still stacked against them, but we think FAU will present much more of a challenge than what Miami faced last week. With that said, we'll take all of those points and hope for a relatively competitive matchup.

College Football Pick: Florida Atlantic Owls +19 at Bovada.

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