Although the matchups are not marquee, South Florida college football fans will still be dialed in on Saturday. All three of the major teams in our area took one on the chin to open the season, each one is expected to rebound and even their records in Week 2 of the college football season.
(Air Force at FAU, 2:00 PM)
Coming off an ugly 63-14 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in Week 1, the FAU Owls will look to move forward and even their record at 1-1 when they host Air Force on Saturday. The Owls are still expected to win the Conference USA, but they need a strong performance to show that Saturday’s performance was no more than an aberration. Air Force opened the 2018 season with a 38-0 demolition of FCS opponent Stony Brook. The Falcons are coming off a 5-7 season (4-4 in Mountain West) in 2017. Air Force’s record doesn’t seem too intimidating, but their triple option offense can always throw a team off. The Falcons return their top passer and rusher from last year, senior quarterback Arion Worthman. Worthman threw for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also rushing for for 821 yards and 13 touchdowns. For FAU, red-shirt freshman quarterback Chris Robison, who threw for 157 yards last week, is expected to get his second career start on Saturday.
(Savannah State @ Miami, 6:00 PM, ACCNE)
This is a cupcake game for Miami, as the Tigers of Savannah State are coming off a 52-0 loss to UAB in Week 1. Savannah State went 3-8 with a 3-5 record in MEAC play last season. Miami has a lot of things to work on after a 33-17 loss to LSU on Sunday, but the Tigers are a great opponent to work some things out. Embattled quarterback Malik Rosier will still start this week, but look for back-ups N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon to get some playing time on Saturday night. Despite the lackluster opponent, emotions are still running high in Canes Country.
Someone better take me out of that damn briefcase in Miami weather. I don’t care if it’s at night vs Savannah State. U dragged me to GD Dallas of all places and left me locked up all night in prime time. That’s all. #TurnoverChain. https://t.co/kmdtC2zqYt
— Turnover Chain (@TurnoverChain) September 6, 2018
(FIU at Old Dominion, 7:30 ET)
The Panthers dropped their home opener to Indiana last week, and they’ll look to bounce back when they travel to take on conference foe, Old Dominion. ODU was demolished 52-10 by Liberty last week, but FIU remains a -1 point favorite for this road clash. ODU defeated FIU 37-30 in last year’s meeting. The Panthers will look to pick up their first win of the season before they head home to face UMass next week.