Free Week 5 Prediction: 49ers vs Owls Odds
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The Owls have yet to play so we are still not sure what the Willie Taggart era is going to look like.
Charlotte only has one game as they have had some pandemic reschedulings to deal with.
I have to admit I didn’t realize that FAU had been on the sidelines all season til I started on this. Sorry Owl fans.
Three weeks ago the 49ers lost to Appalachian State. No shame there but this team is supposed to be solid of a 7 win 2019 with lots returning.
In the loss QB Chris Reynolds did not play. He threw 22 TD passes last season and is also the teams leading returning rusher.
Coach Will Healy had the 49ers being the top rushing team in Conference USA last season. He will look to take it to the Owls, who have never been sharp on defense.
Charlotte’s own defense was not good last season and gave up 38 points to the Mountaineers in the opener. FAU scored 45 points against them last season.
They have had some time to prepare but this is still a second straight road game to start the season.
There is no other way to look at it, departed coach Lane Kiffin had a lot of success at FAU. It is on Willie Taggart to carry that forward…if he can.
Not a ton returns but it helps that QB Chris Robinson is still there after a monster season – 3700 yards with 28 TDs and just six interceptions.
The defense has no starters returning on the line. The Owls were third in the conference against the run last season and need to be stout upfront.
Taggart is an offensive-minded coach but he is not Kiffin. How his changes come to be will be an interesting watch. I do like that he brought in Jim Leavitt as his defensive coordinator though.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- CHAR are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in October.
- Under is 7-2 in FAU last 9 games as a home favorite.
- Under is 8-3 in FAU last 11 home games.
- FAU are 7-15-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
I am going to make a recommendation on this one but the strongest thing here might be to just take a pass and give yourself a look at FAU.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FAU -5.5
Despite the above I think FAU is the right side because they do have some key talent returning and have had a ton of time to prepare. The new coaching staff might have had a truncated spring but lots of time this fall.
Juxtaposed to that I am not sure you want to jump on Charlotte just yet. Healy is an exciting coach but program building can take a while.
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