As FAU travels to take on University of Louisiana Monroe at Malone Stadium on Saturday Oct. 9th, they will be faced with their second Sun Belt Conference match up of the season. A game in which they should finally be evenly matched.
FAU and ULM both post a 1-3, (0-1 Sun Belt) record. ULM was trampled by Auburn last week 52-3. In their only win, like FAU, they only defeated Southern Louisiana by one point 21-2. Looking at these stats you may think FAU will finally catch a break. However, before we jump to that conclusion, lets not forget the surprisingly poor performance by FAU in their conference game against North Texas. A game in which they should have won with their star running back Alfred Morris, but he was only given 17 carries. His only shinning moment was in the first quarter where he scored a goal line touchdown.
FAU’s offense has been struggling the last few games. The rookie O-line started the season with a surprising solid performance. However, in last weeks game against USF, they allowed the Bulls defense to rack up seven sacks on quarterback Jeff Van Camp. But, lets give them the benefit of the doubt. The USF defense may have been too much for this young O-line to handle, and I doubt they will be making the same mistakes in this match up.
The ULM defense struggles big time against the pass. Since FAU seems to always go for the pass anyway, they should have no trouble here. Van Camp has always had good options to pass to. With wide receivers Lester Jean, Avery Holly, and tight end Rob Housler Van Camp should have a solid game.
The Owls continue to struggle containing the quarterback and this will prove to be a weakness for them in this game. ULM quarterback Kolton Browning likes to scramble when the heat is on. In their win against SLU, Browning rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown. Browning needs to be the Owls focus. The D-line and linebackers must get good enough pressure to force a throw rather than a scramble.
Bottom Line: Although this is the most evenly matched game FAU will see this season, it’s difficult to predict what the Owls offensive game plan will be. We should have already seen big stats from Morris, but he can’t seem to get anything big going with the amount of carries he gets each game.
Prediction: FAU wins by 3
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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.