It was Week 5 of the college football season. FAU was a mere 1-3 going into their first conference game against Middle Tennessee State University. They won that game 38-20 and went on to win every other game they played that season. Almost a year later, Lane Kiffin and the Owls find themselves in a familiar situation. After a brutal loss to highly ranked Oklahoma, wins over Air Force and BCU, then another loss to state rival UCF, FAU has Middle Tennessee up next. The first conference game of the season again, but this time the game will be in Tennessee. FAU needs a victory here, as FIU and Charlotte already have a conference win under their belt. The Owls are about a field goal favorite on the road.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 1-2 this year, most recently losing to the 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs. With both teams coming off big losses the odds are narrowly in Middle Tennessee’s favor. Nothing stands out about the Blue Raiders team on paper, but they were able to conjure up 61 points against UT Martin in their only home game so far this season. FAU’s defense, which was supposed to be a strength of the team coming into the season, could have their hands full on Saturday.
The Owls offense should continue to ride Devin “Motor” Singletary, as he has eight touchdowns in his last two games. Singletary leads the nation in rushing TDs and continues to move towards breaking Alfred Morris’s all-time FAU rushing record of 3529 yards.
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— Stadium (@WatchStadium) September 25, 2018
The revamped offensive line featuring three new starters continues to gel. This improved continuity is allowing the run game to get even better. If the Blue Raider do decide to hone in on stopping Singletary, it will be up to Chris Robison to find Jovon Durante and the other receivers through the air.
At the end of the day, the defense has to hold, just as it did last year in the final nine games. The defense never gave up more than 31 points during that stretch. A win here could ignite a Conference USA championship defense.