Preview: FAU vs Charlotte

The 5-6 FAU Owls look to become bowl eligible by winning their season finale at home against the 4-7 Charlotte 49ers…

It has been an up and down season for FAU. The expectations were high after winning the C-USA championship in 2017. The Owls got off to a difficult start and never really got back on track until the Shula Bowl against FIU. Where they were hitting from all cylinders and took that momentum home against WKU. Heading into last week, many gave them a shot at upsetting the 7-3 North Texas Mean Green. However, no matter how hard they fought, they fell at the very end and lost.

Now the Owls have one shot to salvage their season and have a shot at a bowl game. All they have to do is beat Charlotte. The 49ers have lost 4 of their last 5. The Owls are heavily favored to win this game, with a -17 point spread. Despite the apparent lopsided match-up, FAU actually shares the same conference record as Charlotte at 3-4.

Singletary’s last game as an Owl?

This is senior day, and that means it could be the last time some of these Owls put on an FAU jersey. For guys like Devin Singletary, who is heavily considering the NFL draft, this could also be his last game as an Owl. You never really need more motivation than a bowl game, but the Owls have plenty to play for.

The 49ers offense features a talented RB in Benny LeMay. LeMay has rushed for 1055 yards and 10 TDs this season. FAU’s defense has a knack for giving up big runs to good running backs, so they’ll have to hold steady against LeMay. If Charlotte’s defense can fend off the Owls rushing attack, then they can stay in the game and control the pace.

For FAU, the Owls will need to get off to a better start than they have been the past few weeks. Playing from behind doesn’t suit Lane Kiffins style. Singletary and Whyte Jr. need to start off strong on the ground. I’ll take FAU winning with a score of 45-28.

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