Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Prediction: Mustangs vs Owls Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2019 Boca Raton Bowl
(10-2) SMU Mustangs vs. FAU Owls (10-3)
Date: Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: -3.5 FAU
NCAA Betting Total:
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Today’s Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl participants FAU and SMU defied 5-7 2018 campaigns to enter their postseason contest each sporting double-figure wins. The Mustangs stand at 10-2 while host FAU offers a 10-3 record.
One team will top its turnaround year with 11 victories and bowl win bragging rights.
The Owls have the good fortune of playing before their home fans as they welcome SMU for this early bowl season highlight.
Southern Methodist University Mustangs
Sparked by Sonny Dykes’ uptempo philosophy, and quarterback Shane Buechele’s prolific arm, the Mustangs wove a solid ledger to enter Dec. 21 as the nation’s #25-ranked program. Buechele regained the verve which saw him stand out as a freshman passer with Texas prior to his transfer. Overall, the 6’1 junior finished 2019 among NCAA’s top passers adding 3,626 yards and 33 touchdowns.
If Buechele became the main catalyst behind the nation’s #6 offense (43 ppg), senior running back Xavier Jones’ 1,249 ground yards and 21 touchdowns kept opposing defenses guessing as the tandem blazed a path from end-zone to end-zone.
Wideout James Proche also left his imprint on the Mustangs’ high-octane offense. Proche ended the regular year having hauled a team-best 102 catches for 1139 yards and 14 touchdowns. Buechele, Jones and Proche combined to form one of college football’s dominant trios and should relish one final game together vs. FAU.
As great as SMU’s offense was, the Mustangs’ defense allowed 31.8 ppg, ranking #99 overall. Those defensive lapses overshadowed Buechele’s arm in shootout losses vs. Navy and Memphis.
Florida Atlantic Owls
With the pressure on, FAU steamrolled UAB 49-6 recently to claim Conference USA championship honors. In his final act as FAU head coach, Lane Kiffin brought the Owls a second conference title in his three-year tenure. Kiffin is now inked to coach the Ole Miss Rebels and will not work the FAU sideline vs. SMU.
Though Kiffin’s protege, sophomore quarterback Chris Robison, will lead the Owls’ on-field charge before a packed, partisan FAU stadium. Robison’s 3.292 yards and 26 touchdown passes guided his team’s balanced attack. Offensively, FAU averaged 35.2 ppg (#16 NCAA) and allowed 22.3 ppg (#33 NCAA). This two-way stability is contrasted with the Mustang’s all-offense, all the time, style.
Able to gain stops when needed, after dropping contests early vs. Ohio State and Central Florida, the Owls won ten of 11 vs. the nation’s 91st toughest schedule. FAU’s signature 2019 wins came vs. Western Kentucky and, of course, UAB.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 9-3 in SMU last 12 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in SMU last 8 games on grass.
- Over is 6-2 in SMU last 8 games as a favorite.
- Under is 7-1 in FAU last 8 games in December.
- Under is 8-3 in FAU last 11 games on grass.
- FAU are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in December.
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl NCAA Football Pick
Having home field, and a credible defense, even if their opponent played slightly better opposition, will help FAU eke past SMU in the teams’ bowl game return. Each group will empty their offensive arsenal during a high-scoring affair, but the ability to gain extra stops will be FAU’s saving grace.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FAU Covers and Over the number
Chris Robison and Shane Buechele’s aerial display will rival any two quarterbacks’ combined yardage and touchdown total this bowl season. That stated the total will go Over. However, as mentioned, two or three timely defensive stops, whether they be deflections, tipped passes or edge pressure, will place FAU slightly over their -3.5 spread at home.
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