Tulsa vs FAU Prediction - College Football Picks 10/7/23

Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

Betting Odds: Florida Atlantic Owls -3 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will play the FAU Owls in an AAC game on Saturday night at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. FAU has lost three games in a row, while Tulsa looked great in their win last week against Temple. 

Tulsa Preview

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are 3-2 (1-0) this season after they defeated Temple by a score of 48-26 in their last game. Tulsa led 21-3 at the half, but they were able to add on 27 more points in the second half for the easy win. The Golden Hurricane out gained Temple by a total of 533-313 and forced two turnovers in the game. Tulsa also has wins over NIU and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but has losses to Washington and Oklahoma. The Tulsa offense is averaging 27.8 points per game with 194 passing yards per game and 194.2 rushing yards per game, while going 46.7% on third downs this year. Cardell Williams has thrown for 840 yards, eight touchdowns, and five interceptions for the Golden Hurricane this season. Anthony Watkins has rushed for 320 yards and two touchdowns, while Marquis Shoulders has caught 16 passes for 283 yards and five scores. The Tulsa defense is allowing 31.2 points against per game, but that number is skewed because of the matchups with Washington and Oklahoma. 

FAU Preview

The FAU Owls are 1-3 (0-0) this season after they lost to Illinois by a score of 23-17 in their last game. FAU led 10-0 after the first quarter, but allowed Illinois to score the next 23 points for the loss. The Owls were out gained by a total of 510-353, but did force two turnovers in the game. FAU lost their previous two games to Clemson and Ohio, but did open the season with a win over Monmouth. The FAU offense is scoring 20.8 points per game with 231.5 passing yards per game and 99.5 rushing yards per game, while going 33.9% on third downs. Daniel Richardson has thrown for 376 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Owls this year, as starting quarterback Casey Thompson is injured. Larry McCammon has rushed for 237 yards and one touchdown, while LaJohntay Wester has caught 43 passes for 401 yards and two scores. The FAU defense is giving up 27 points against per game this season.

Florida Atlantic Owls Team Facts

  • Florida Atlantic has won each of its last six October games at FAU Stadium.
  • Florida Atlantic has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four October games as a favorite against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Five of Florida Atlantic's last six home games against conference opponents have gone UNDER the total points line.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Team Facts

  • Tulsa has lost each of its last seven October games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Tulsa has failed to cover the spread in each of its last six games in October.
  • Four of Tulsa's last five games as a road underdog have gone UNDER the total points line.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Florida Atlantic ranked T40th among FBS teams for Q4 win percentage last season (.500).
  • Florida Atlantic suffered the equal-most losses by a margin of five points or less of any FBS team last season (4).
  • Tulsa ranked 26th among FBS teams for H1 points per game last season (17.8).
  • Tulsa ranked T40th among FBS teams for Q4 win percentage last season (.500).

Pick

FAU comes into this game as a favorite, but they have yet to defeat a FBS team this year and will be without their starting quarterback. Tulsa looked very good in their last game against Temple and I think they will continue that offensive success in this game. FAU had a chance at the upset against Illinois in their last game, but didn’t play very well after the first quarter. Both of these defenses have some bad numbers on the year, but Tulsa did allow 66 and 43 points to Oklahoma and Washington. The Golden Hurricane defense has played fined in the other three games. I like Tulsa with the points here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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