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There is no way around it, this has been a disappointing season so far for the FAU Owls. After getting crushed by Marshall and losing multiple players to injuries, the Owls shot at a repeat is but gone. At 3-4 overall, FAU is in 5th place in the conference. The team needs to reel off some victories before thinking about a bowl game.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Which brings us to this weeks game against Louisiana Tech on Friday in Boca. The Bulldogs are 5-2, including a 3-1 conference record. They sit at 2nd place in the conference west. Similar to where Marshall also is now, but in the east. The Bulldogs are coming off of consecutive victories against UTSA and UTEP.
The Bulldogs do not feature any major weapons, but they do have many solid weapons. A timeshare at running back and multiple receiving options for starting QB J’Mar Smith are the way this team attacks. The FAU defense will be tested once again, as this team score just as much if not more than Marshall.
Speaking of defense, LA Tech’s defense allows an average of 23 points a game and gives up around 143 rushing yards a game. Which means another tough defense for FAU to try and solve after Marshall’s defense picked off Robison 4 times and held Singletary to 39 yards on the ground.
Florida Atlantic University Owls
What more can be said about FAU’s rough season. The defense collected most of the blame early on, but now the offense has let the team down as well. It is difficult to see Singletary having another pedestrian game, regardless of how good LA Tech’s defense is. If the Owls defense can manage to keep the Bulldogs offense at bay, FAU can control the pace of the game and use their backs to generate offense. Kerrith Whyte is more than capable of helping to shoulder the load.
Robison, as mentioned, had a horrible week at Marshall and is still banged up. It would be best to keep the ball out of his hands and keep the Owls out of obvious passing situations. This is not always easy to do however, and it is the reason that FAU will likely fall in this game. That and the mounting injuries will be too difficult to overcome. If there is any glimmer of hope, it is that the Owls have won 9 straight games at home and they usually perform to their best when in Boca. Let’s see if that can continue.