Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 21, 2021
Venue: Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Where to Watch: CBS Sports
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: FAU -6, Charlotte +6; Over/Under: 54.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: FAU -5.5, Charlotte +5.5; Over/Under: 54.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: FAU NL, Charlotte NL; Over/Under: 54.5 points
Florida Atlantic Owls: 3-3 (3rd place, C-USA East)
Charlotte 49ers: 4-2 (1st place, C-USA East)
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Florida Atlantic Owls vs Charlotte 49ers Preview and Analysis
Florida Atlantic Owls: lost on the road on Oct. 9 against the UAB Blazers 31-14.
Charlotte 49ers: won on the road on Oct. 8 against the Florida International Panthers 45-33.
Florida Atlantic Owls Analysis
FAU is coming into this game with a 3-3 record overall and they are 0-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are currently 1-1 in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against the FIU Panthers while their loss came against UAB in their last game. They have now lost 2 of their last 3 games coming into this one. N'Kosi Perry did not play well at all in their last game as he completed 16/25 passes for 193 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Perry also led the team in rushing with 22 yards and 1 touchdown on 13 carries while Johnny Ford had just 20 yards rushing on 7 carries. They did not get anything going on the ground for them in that game. LaJohntay Wester led the receivers with 67 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions while Larry McCammon III had 43 receiving yards on 2 receptions in what was a quiet day for the receiving corps. Zyon Gilbert led the defense with 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted one and 1 sack in that game. Akileis Leroy also had a good game with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Teja Young was right behind with 5 solo tackles. Gilbert had the only sack in the game for the defense and no one was able to come up with an interception in that one. They have scored 176 points in theri first 6 games averaging 29.3 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 138 points against them allowing 23 PPG. Their offense is averaging 442.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 376.2 YPG.
Charlotte 49ers Analysis
Charlotte is coming into this game with a 4-2 record overall and they are 3-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 3rd conference matchup on their schedule and they are off to a great start with a 2-0 record in their conference games this season. They won those games against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and against FIU in their last game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games coming into this one and are coming off of a win against FIU where they led from the start and were in control the whole time. Chris Reynolds played great in that game as he completed 21/27 passes for 203 yards and 4 TDs. Shadrick Byrd led the team in rushing with 80 yards on 14 carries while Calvin Camp had 66 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 carries. Victor Tucker led the receivers with 92 yards and 1 touchdown on 8 receptions while Grant DuBose had 5 catches for 73 receiving yards. Justin Whisenhunt led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Tyler Murray had 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Markees Watts led the defense in sacks in that game with 2 While Whisenhunt, Tyson Clawson, and Miguel Jackson all had 1 sack each as well. Jonathan Alexander came away with the only interception for them in that one. They have scored 179 in their first 6 games averaging 29.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 154 points against them allowing 25.7 PPG. Their offense is averaging 406.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 447.7 YPG.
Florida Atlantic vs Charlotte Prediction
The total is set at 54.5 points with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. FAU has a decent defense this year as they have not been allowing a lot of points or yards against them this season. Charlotte has been allowing a lot of yards this year, they have not allowed a whole lot of points but they are allowing more than they are scoring per game on average. FAU will likely keep Charlotte's offense here at bay with their good defense. That does not mean that FAU is going to run away with this game though. FAU is winless on the road this year while Charlotte is undefeated at home so they are not going to go down without a fight. This is a game where both offenses will likely struggle to score points in this game so the best bet to place here is on the under.
Florida Atlantic Charlotte Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Thursday, October 21, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Charlotte 24 FAU 20.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Florida Atlantic Owls: 14-20 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 95-107 ATS in all games. 24-34 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 38-46 ATS as a favorite. 56-59 ATS after playing a conference game.
Charlotte 49ers: 13-8 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points. 12-10 ATS as a home underdog. 17-15 ATS in home games. 24-19 ATS against conference opponents.
Florida Atlantic Owls: None.
Charlotte 49ers: G. Howard (CB) Ques Thurs - Ankle injury. D. Robinson (DB) Out indefinitely - Bicep injury.
Players to Watch
Florida Atlantic Owls: LaJohntay Wester is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards this season. He is coming off of a game where he was the only one who really produced results for this offense in a game where they did not play very well. He is very consistent so look for him to get a lot of looks in this game and try to spark his offense with some big catches down the field.
Charlotte 49ers: Grant Dubose is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He did not lead his team in receiving yards in their last game but he still had over 70 yards in that game. Look for him to continue his good play into this game and help his team try to get the win here.
“Our guys came back ready to work. We had a good week of practice, few days of practicing this week and getting out there. The energy, the passion to play the game is still there which is great. Our guys love playing and love getting better. Again, our guys understand where we’re at. They understand what we did in that game, how we’ve played, and know that we can’t play that way if we want to win games and be what we want to be. So, we used this week to try and get better in some of those things that we lack.” Willie Taggart on the use of their bye week.
“We’ve got to make big strides on special teams. I think we’re doing it.” - Will Healy on some improvement areas for his team.
Florida Atlantic Owls
WR Burton, Je'Quan
WR Robinson, Brandon
WR Wester, LaJohntay
TE Mitchell-Paden, Zaire
QB Perry, N'Kosi
RB Ford, Johnny
WR Tucker, Victor
WR Spencer, Elijah
WR DuBose, Grant
TE Carriere, Ryan
QB Reynolds, Chris
RB Camp, Calvin
Florida Atlantic Owls
Passing: N. Perry (1471)
Rushing: J. Ford (311)
Receiving: L. Wester (347)
Touchdowns: N. Perry (4)
Sacks: J. Joyner (3)
Tackles: J. Helm (27)
Passing: C. Reynolds (1318)
Rushing: C. Camp (356)
Receiving: G. Dubose (466)
Touchdowns: G. Dubose (4)
Sacks: M. Watts (4)
Tackles: T. Murray (24)
Florida Atlantic Owls: Willie Taggart (2nd season)
Charlotte 49ers: Will Healy (3rd season)
79 degrees F mostly sunny, 59% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 13 mph wind speeds SW.