The Charlotte 49ers host the FAU Owls on Friday night, where both schools will be playing their fourth conference game. Charlotte is 1-2 in conference matchups and 2-5 overall following a 10-7 win over ECU. FAU is 3-4 & 2-1 in conference, but they were blown out by UTSA, 36-10, in their previous game.
Will the Owls continue dominating the 49ers, or will Charlotte snatch their first victory since 2018 against their conference rivals?
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|Florida Atlantic||-4 (-110)||Over 43 (-112)||-179|
|Charlotte||+4 (-110)||Under 43 (-108)||+150|
Odds Courtesy of Caesars, subject to change*
- Fixture: FAU @ Charlotte
- Date and Time: October 27, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST
- Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- Weather Forecast: Partially Cloudy, 68 degrees
The Owls rely mostly on their aerial attack, as they come in ranked 20th in passing attempts and 39th in completion percentage, thanks to junior QB Daniel Richardson. Their run game has been below average, and last week, they totaled just 20 rushing yards in their blowout loss.
On defense, the Owls have been decent overall, and they come in allowing only 5.4 yards per play, the 53rd fewest in the country. Last week versus UTSA, they allowed 437 total yards, slightly higher than their season average. On Friday, they’ll need to pick it up defensively to climb back to .500.
The 49ers have had a lot more success running the ball this year, as they average 38 rush attempts per game, the 41st most in the nation. They only average 3.7 yards per carry as a team, but their game plan usually centers around their two running backs, Terron Kellman and Shadrick Byrd. They don’t like to pass too often, as they’ve only eclipsed 200 yards through the air once in seven contests.
Charlotte’s defense has been solid, more so against the pass, but their run defense has been pretty good as well. In the last game, they held ECU to just 127 total yards, and if they can limit FAU’s receivers, they should be in good shape.
FAU has dominated Charlotte in recent years, but last week, the Owls’ performance was abysmal. Charlotte has a pretty good defense despite what their record shows, and it’s helped them cover three of their past four matchups. Still, the spread isn’t that big, so we’re rolling with the under, as it’s hit in each of the previous three meetings and because both schools put up 10 points each last week.
Pick: Under 43 (-110)
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