With a tough season ahead of them, FAU’s first match up on Thursday, September 2nd against University of Alabama at Birmingham should prove to be somewhat of an even match-up. This a great place for FAU to start their season on what should hopefully be a strong note. If anything, even with a loss, nothing could be worse than the 2009′s season opener against University of Nebraska where The Owls were demolished 49 -3.
Last season, UAB trashed FAU 56-29. It was the Owls defense that struggled as they let the Blazers score every quarter. Each time the Owls offense took a step ahead, their own defense would put them three steps behind. This is something that concerns me going into the this season opener. As stated in the season preview, the defense has not changed much from last season and the offense has a very young O-line. This will be the first true test for the newcomers and a good place to prove their worth.
FAU’s offense has what it takes to win this game with quarterback Jeff Van Camp and running back Alfred Morris leading the way. UAB has potential to struggle against the pass. If Morris can tire UAB’s D-line, that will open up the passing game for Van Camp and allow for some play action passing. However, the biggest challenge for FAU will be on defense. UAB has a very strong offense that knows how to put points on the board. In last seasons match-up, UAB’s rushing yards totaled 330 which towered over FAU’s mere 130. The Owls defense will need to do all they can to stop the run.
Bottom Line: UAB will prove to be a challenging opponent but a good start for FAU’s season. The Owls could be looking at a marginal win to start their rough schedule, but a win none-the-less.
Prediction: FAU wins by three
About the Author
Written by Mark Gibson
Mark Gibson is a senior media communications major at Florida Atlantic University. He is a staff reporter who covers sports and entertainment for the FAU student Newspaper, University Press. He also runs a podcast and website that reviews video games and new electronics. On his downtime, he loves playing his guitar and currently plays bass in a local band.