Know thy Enemy: FAU

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Football

The Bulls return home to face FAU, a team they have faced several times in program history, holding the edge over them 3-0.  The Owls are off to a rough start this season, coming in 0-2 and failing to get anything moving on offense.  This could be a good chance for the Bulls to get their first win of the season. 

FAU is coming off of a 3-9 (2-6) season last year, but they did beat Western Kentucky in those three wins, so Coach Taggart knows what he is facing in this one.  The Owls averaged 20 points a game last season.  They averaged 114 yards on the ground and threw for 238 yards a game, installing a more up-temp offense than they have had in the past.  They only allowed 12 sacks all year, showing they can get the ball out fast and not have the quarterback sit back and face pressure.

On defense, they allowed 30 points a game, including 205 yards a game on the ground and 204 yards through the air, not really slowing anyone down.  They were outscored 211 to 94 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters last season, showing they wore down early in games and just could not come back.

This season, FAU is playing their third straight road game to open the year and trying to get something on both sides of the ball.  So far this season, the Owls are averaging just 9 points a game while opponents are averaging 32 PPG (lost 13 to 31 to ECU last Thursday night). So far, the Owls are averaging 118 yards a game on the ground but are allowing opponents to run for over 200 yards a game (woof).  The Owls are passing for 147 yards a game through the air, but are allowing 200 yards against them, showing their defense struggles both in the pass and run.

The Bulls have some history with FAU, including a 3-0 all mark against them, the most recent game coming in 2010 when the Bulls won 31 to 3, outgaining the Owls 291 to 208.  Marcus Shaw had 2 carries for 11 yards and Stephen Bravo-Brown had 1 grab for 15 yards.  Dede Lattimore had 4 tackles, Mark Joyce had 3 tackles, Ryne Giddins had 2 tackles and a sack, and JaQuez Jenkins had 1 tackle and forced one fumble.

USF played better last week and they will need that same kind of effort in this game.  They will need the defense to rise again and for the offense to get out of its own way.  This is a game USF needs to win, no question about it.

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