Akron Zips vs. Florida Atlantic Owls College Football Betting Preview

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The College Football bowl season continues Tuesday December 19th with the Boca Raton Bowl as the Florida Atlantic Owls will meet Akron Zips. The Owls and Zips get things started from Boca Raton Florida at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Florida Atlantic Owls -22 with over under of 64 points.

Akron Zips are the biggest underdogs in a bowl game in 20 years. The team finished at 7-6 but had a very good record against the spread at 9-4. There are lot of seniors on this Akron team and that usually results in success in the MAC conference. The offensive and defensive numbers are ugly. Zips are the 118th ranked offense in college football as they gain 329 yards per game as they struggle in the passing and running game. On defense is it not much better as they allow 432 yards per game which is 98th in the nation. Akron faced Toledo in the MAC conference championship game and were underdogs of 20 ½ points. The team fell behind 28-0 at the half and were down 38-0 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. But the Zips, to their credit did not quit and outscored the Rockets 28-7 the rest of the way to cover the 20 ½ point spread. They did force 5 Toledo turnovers.

Head coach Lane Kiffin in his first year with Florida Atlantic coached the team to a Conference USA championship as they defeated North Texas 41-17 and covering as an 11 point favorite. It is now nine straight victories for FAU since they started the season at 1-3. Florida Atlantic brings in the 14th ranked offense that generates 491 yards per game. They are the eighth best rushing team in college football as the team rushes for 283 yards. Those numbers all add up to nearly 40 points per game average which is ninth best in the nation. Quarterback Jason Driskel a junior completed 65.6% of his passes for 1977 yards with 13 touchdowns and 4 picks. The team is 10-1 in his starts. Sophomore running back Devin Singletary leads the Owls on the ground with 1794 rushing yards with 29 touchdowns rushing. Singletary has rushed for over 100 yards in 11 straight games.

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