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How and what to watch for UMass vs. Florida Atlantic

In a tune-up game for the Owls, they take on what has been a lifeless Minutemen side in a non-conference tilt.

Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Willie Taggart prepares to lead his team on to the field prior to the college football game between the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Marshall Thundering Herd on October 24, 2020, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV. Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In a season where a lot of games likely don’t need to be played, there’s probably none less important than the UMass Minutemen traveling to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on the FAU Owls on Friday night live on national television.

UMass is 0-2 and simply not competitive at the FBS level this season. They’ve lost to Georgia Southern and Marshall by a combined score of 92-10, and will suffer the indignity of this evening before also being humiliated by Liberty next Friday when their shortened season will mercifully end. They’re averaging 3.5 yards per play offensively while conceding 7.1, and that includes garbage time. Five different players have thrown a pass in 120 minutes, with Will Koch’s 12/18 for 99 yards the highlight.

They’re 123rd in success rate, and 124th in defensive success rate. There’s less than 130 teams playing this season. It’s really bad.

FAU and head coach Willie Taggart will be fine if they just make it to the stadium before kickoff, but his remodeling of the 2017 and 2019 Conference USA champs continues. The Owls are 4-1, with only a 20-9 loss to #15 Marshall as a blemish. Despite a Covid-19 issue, they’re doing it with the run game having three backs with over 200 yards already this season in Malcolm Davidson, James Charles, and Javion Posey. Though they average just 5.0 yards per play, they only concede 4.8, and that’s enough for a run-based spread team to succeed. They’ve also only turned the ball over three times in 2020.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch UMass vs. FAU on Friday, November 20th at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UMass vs. FAU (-33.5)
Point Total: 50.5
Money line: N/A

  • The Lobos have been a team for bettors to avoid, going 5-13 ATS in its last 18
  • The total has gone under in eight of New Mexico’s last 12 matchups
  • The Falcons are low-scoring too, having the total go under in six of its last eight
  • Though the total has gone over every time the last seven games these teams met

Betting splits

UMass: (13% of handle, 40% percent of bets)
FAU: (87% of handle, 60% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

It’s a big number, and it won’t matter. The Owls running backs will make house calls at will tonight, and the only question will be how long does Taggart leave in his starters. It’s pick-your-score night in Boca Raton, and you’ll be in bed before most of Boca’s residents after an early bird special if you go to sleep once this game is out of hand.

Pick: Under 50.5

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