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Kiffin, FAU Looking To Cap Off Remarkable Year In Boca Raton

Lane Kiffin’s first season as Florida Atlantic’s head coach has been a success by every measure of the word. After failing to post a winning record since 2008, FAU went 10-3 this season and had the ninth-highest scoring offense in the country. All the Owls have to do now is win their first bowl since 2008 when they take on the Akron Zips in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • FAU is 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games.
  • Akron is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games after a loss.
  • FAU RB Devin Singletary has rushed for at least 100 yards and 2 TDs in each of the last 4 games.

FAU’s offense is built to run the ball, which the Owls did better than nearly every team in the nation. The focal point of the offense is stud Devin Singletary, who has rushed for 1,796 yards and a nation-leading 29 touchdowns on the season. Kiffin and Singletary should be smiling about their matchup with Akron, which is 113th in the nation in rushing defense thanks to an undersized linebacker unit.

Despite a 7-6 record, Akron has virtually no notable victories this season. The only win against a team going to a bowl game this season was a three-point victory over Ohio. The Zips offense is built to chip away and methodically move up the field, as they average a mere 4.7 yards per play. The lone offensive weapon Akron has is diminutive receiver Kwadarrius Smith, but he can also disappear for games at a time.

Akron Zips vs Florida Atlantic Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Florida Atlantic brings a 10-3 record (9-4 ATS) to the matchup against the 7-6 Akron Zips, who are 8-4-1 against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen Florida Atlantic go 6-7 so far and the Zips go 3-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida Atlantic vs Akron injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Owls rated this week at No. 12 and the Zips sitting at No. 82.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Florida Atlantic Owls' No. 10-ranked offense (39.75 PPG) against a Akron Zips defense that ranks No. 51 at 24.75 PPG. The Owls passing attack has averaged 196.75 yards per game, less than the Zips give up through the air (229.67 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Zips feature the league's No. 104-rated road run defense, allowing 225.71 yards per game. Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kwadarrius Smith hauled in 3 passes for 114 yards against the Toledo defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 45-28 loss against the Rockets on Saturday.

In their last game, Florida Atlantic got a 164-yard performance from Devin Singletary as a key part of a 41-17 win over North Texas.