FAU heads on the road for an early-week showdown with North Texas

A victory tonight would mark three straight for the Owls — a feat they have yet to accomplish in 2018.


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Coming in hot riding a two-game winning streak, FAU travels to the Lonestar State to face the North Texas Mean Green.

The Owls need only win over their last two games to reach bowl eligibility and could conceivably do so tonight. However, the Mean Green (7-3) are one of Conference USA’s most formidable opponents and will certainly not roll over and let that happen without a fight.

The FAU run game featuring Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte has been surging of late, but it faces a big challenge in a North Texas defense that ranks No. 2 among C-USA teams in opponent rushing yards per game (103.5).

Because of that difficult matchup on the ground, the Owls’ air attack must step up and become the X-factor this game.

And that starts with redshirt-freshman quarterback Chris Robison.

North Texas will do all it can to shut down the FAU run game. So Robison needs to work his magic and get the ball to playmakers Jovon Durante, Willie Wright and Harrison Bryant for the Owls to leave victorious.

The Owls defense has picked up its play over the past two weeks but now matches up with one of the nation’s most explosive offenses in North Texas.

While the Mean Green is often lauded for its dynamic passing game, it’s actually the running game that has turned heads most recently.

Mean Green running back DeAndre Torrey has been on a tear over the past two games, averaging 137.5 yards rushing. Containing him while remaining solid in pass coverage against quarterback Mason Fine and Co. will be FAU’s route to success defensively.

Kickoff in Denton, Texas, is tonight at 9:30 p.m. and Owls fans can catch the action on CBS Sports Network.

Zachary Weinberger is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @ZachWeinberger