2017 Boca Raton Bowl: Florida Atlantic University Owls vs Akron Zips
Well FAU fans, look for the greatest season in school history to continue as bowl season is upon us. The FAU Owls (10-3) are set to take on a big underdog in the University of Akron (7-6) Tuesday Night 12/19, 7 pm EST on ESPN. For FAU, the Boca Raton Bowl gives the local fans one last chance to watch this high-powered offense play in their own stadium. With the given point spread of -22.5 in favor of FAU, expect the Owls to show no mercy. Not to mention this bowl match-up has shades of an early season tune-up game. Please believe that Coach Lane Kiffin, in his first season, will make note of that with the scoreboard.
The match-up itself is an obvious mismatch. Moreover, the sheer dominance FAU has running the ball and the lack of ability for Akron to stop the run will show. The MAC Champs have earned hard-fought victories in route to their conference championship, sharing victories over the likes of Buffalo. Additionally, for Akron, expect freshmen QB Kato Nelson to get the start under center for the Zips. While on the defense side Akron will have to rely heavily on linebacker Ulysses Gilbert III.
With the ESPN spotlight on the FAU Owls and Coach Lane Kiffin, expect them to not only show up but to put on a show. In fact, having an ample amount of time to prepare for Akron’s trick plays mixed in with a dominant running game will make for some fun college football. Not only does FAU have the opportunity to play during prime time on a Tuesday, but they also get to do it in front of local high school stars and recruits who just saw horrible seasons from both the University of Florida and Florida State. Thus, given Coach Kiffin’s experience as a recruiter, don’t be surprised if the competitive recruiting business in South Florida doesn’t have added competition this season.
Prediction: FAU caps off the greatest season in school history with a huge Boca Raton Bowl victory! Expect a few trick plays and high scoring from start to finish; final score FAU 49-Akron 28
Boca Raton Bowl
Location: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Date: Tuesday, December 19th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Records: FAU (10-3), Akron (7-6)
Spread: FAU – 22.5