*10* GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ 7-1 Last Week in NCAAF! +$16,924 Overall!
Florida Atlantic vs. WKU,
11/02/2019 16:00 EDT,
Score: 35 - 24
Point Spread: +1½/-110 Florida Atlantic
10* Florida Atlantic (4:00 ET): This game feels very reminiscent of our September Game of the Month when we took FAU against Charlotte. The Owls were actually a slight dog heading into that contest (shocking in retrospect!), but prevailed 45-27 w/ 550+ yards of total offense. Five weeks later, they head to Western Kentucky to face a team that - like Charlotte - was not expected to finish near the top of the C-USA East Division standings. FAU was, so therefore I think the wrong team is favored in this matchup. Owls QB Chris Robison expects to start Saturday afternoon. Take the points.
These are two of the three teams that have just one conference loss in C-USA's East Division. Both lost to Marshall. Western Kentucky's loss to Marshall was last Saturday, 26-23, but they were 3.5-pt underdogs. So that makes it FIVE ATS wins in a row for the Hilltoppers. I think it's that streak that has them favored here, but note they were underdogs in three of those five games. WKU was -3 in TO's last week at Marshall, which proved costly. The Hilltoppers have been carried by a defense which has allowed just ONE 2nd half touchdown the L5 wks. But last week saw them surrender 401 yards and 26 points, the most in each category since a loss to Louisville on 9.14. FAU is arguably the best offensive team that WKU has faced all season.
Again, you would not have expected FAU to be an underdog in this game back at the start of the season. The Owls have won 5 of 6 since since an 0-2 start and really handled Old Dominion last week, winning 41-3. Robison has 208 yards passing in the first half, but didn't play in the second after being driven down hard into the turf. Note the Owls started 0-2 because they faced Ohio State and UCF. Believe it or not, the 24-point loss to Ohio State is tied for the closest any team has been to the Buckeyes all season. Robison has said he's preparing to start, so that's all we needed to know. FAU has beaten WKU both years under Lane Kiffin, winning 42-28 and 34-15. WKU has closed the gap a little in 2019, but still shouldn't be favored. We have the Owls 10 points better on a neutral field. 10* Florida Atlantic