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How and what to watch for Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern

A late-season C-USA vs. Sun Belt showdown is set to jump off in Statesboro on Saturday.

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

A late season C-USA vs. Sun Belt showdown is set to take place on Saturday as the Florida Atlantic Owls will fly up the coast to Statesboro to meet the Georgia Southern Eagles.

Prior to last week’s game against Middle Tennessee State being canceled due to COVID-19 precautions, FAU was last seen handling their business against a hapless UMass squad for a 24-2 victory. Freshman quarterback Javion Posey continued to show his promise, throwing for 203 yards and rushing for 90 plus a touchdown in the win.

Head coach Willie Taggart and staff hope that he can continue to improve and provide a lift for an Owl passing game that’s been lacking in accuracy throughout 2020. FAU quarterbacks are only completing 53.3 percent of their passes this year.

Speaking of teams trying to shake things up on offense late in the season, Georgia Southern fired offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse after the Eagles fell to in-state conference rival Georgia State 30-24 last Saturday. Southern’s final three drives ended with a missed field goal, a fumble and an interception, giving the Panthers the cover to post 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to steal the win.

Three of Georgia Southern’s four losses in 2020 have come by only one score.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern on Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern (-2)
Point Total: 41
Money line: Florida Atlantic (+105) vs. Georgia Southern (-127)

  • FAU is 3-3 against the spread this season. Georgia Southern is 5-5 against the spread.
  • The under has hit in five of FAU’s six contests this season.
  • The under has hit in four of five games at Paulson Stadium this season.

Betting splits

Florida Atlantic: (62% of handle, 53% percent of bets)
Georgia Southern: (38% of handle, 47% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

With GASO shuffling up their coaching staff late in the season, I’d lean towards Posey to continue to build confidence within the FAU offense and lead the Owls to a road win as slight underdogs.

Pick: Florida Atlantic (+105)

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