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Charlotte vs FAU Preview

FAU looks to keep its season from spiraling down the drain against Charlotte.

NCAA Football: Southern Illinois at Florida Atlantic Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Start Time: Sunday, October 9th - 12:00 p.m. EST

Location: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Series Record: FAU leads 1-0


Charlotte outlook: The 49ers are a little bit better than last year’s team as they enter with a 1-4 record but unfortunately for them, a little bit better just means that they are just bad instead of awful.

The defense is allowing 44.2 points per game. The offense is scoring 23.4 points per game. Their only win was against one of the worst teams in FCS in Elon. It’s just year two in their existence as a football program but they still don’t have the athletes and experience as head coach Brad Lambert opted to go for recruiting high school prospects rather than stock up on JUCO players.

But one of the JUCO players that Lambert did bring in is quarterback Kevin Olsen. A former four-star quarterback and Miami (FL) commit - his younger brother is Greg Olsen- Olsen has been average. In Charlotte’s spread offense he has passed for 762 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

Although the 49ers are still not as talented as their C-USA peers, the 49ers have competed well and the ridiculous blowouts they suffered last year are a thing in the past as Charlotte has been much more competitive this season.

FAU Outlook: There has been nothing but doom and gloom in Boca Raton this week. Hurricane Matthews has put people on edge and the football program has disappointed once again as the Owls are coming off of a lost to FIU.

Players have taken onus that they have to step up and that the coaches aren’t the issue but the fan base begs to differ. FAU’s receiving core last week had their worst game of the season as they dropped easy passes, and failed to create much separation from FIU’s secondary.

Greg Howell - minus the fumble - and Devin Singletary were great last weekend combining for 187 yards and a touchdown each and as long as FAU feeds them this weekend FAU should win this game.

Prediction: FAU is going to win this game because they have way too much talent to lose this game. Last year’s game was a 17-7 slug fest that featured 12 total turnovers. Because of Hurricane Matthews pushing the game back a day, there will be no stadium atmosphere and will probably more or less like a scrimmage. FAU 34 Charlotte 17