Navy vs. Florida Atlantic Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Navy vs. Florida Atlantic fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, September 1st
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Really? You’re going to tune into a Friday night football game to see a head coach?
When it’s Lane Kiffin, yeah.
More specifically, it’s a Lane Kiffin-coached team in his pressure-packed debut at Florida Atlantic against yet another strong, good Navy squad.
No one’s predicting national titles for the Owls now that Kiffin has taken over, but this year is his audition to get back among the Power Five programs. FAU has a rental – and it knows it – and Kiffin is doing everything possible to bring aboard as many talented players so that he can make this work over the next two seasons.
But Navy has a funny way of making teams look silly.
The Midshipmen will be deep in the hunt for the American Athletic title again, but it all kicks in right away next week against Tulane’s option attack, followed up by Cincinnati and then a likely shootout against Tulsa.
FAU is the breather.
But if Kiffin and his Owls can pull this off, then, at the very least, they’ll make for an interesting story to watch going to Wisconsin next week.
One Reason Why Florida Atlantic Will Win
The offense – at least in theory – should be terrific.
No matter what you think of Kiffin, he’s a fantastic offensive head coach. No matter what you think of the family name, offensive coordinator Kendal Briles also knows how to crank up the offense.
With a great group of runners returning for what should be a great ground game, the passing attack has to be a wee bit better. Kiffin is holding close to the vest who the starting quarterback will be, but 12 of the top 13 pass catchers return.
Considering the Navy secondary was a problem last year, it needs to be tested early.
One Reason Why Navy Will Win
Oh yeah, the Florida Atlantic defense.
The Owls will have a better O, and they’ll have a better D, too, but they have a longer way to go to be solid on that other side of the ball after finishing with the fifth-worst defense in the nation.
Considering the line needs the most work, and there’s no Trey Hendrickson around anymore to camp out in the backfield, it could be a long, long day if the Navy option attack gets into a lather early.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Navy loses seven offensive starters. Whatever – the system reloads from the ranks. The younger players who’ve been groomed and trained are always ready to step in and shine as upperclassmen, and this year is no exception.
Zach Abey will be another dominant Midshipman quarterback leading a typical 300-yard day from the ground attack.
What’s Going To Happen
FAU won’t be there quite yet.
The offense will show signs of potential above-averageness, but it won’t have the ball. Navy will march for long drive after long drive, finish by dominating the time of possession stat, and it’ll get out with a nationally-watched road win.
The Owls will play just well enough to provide hope – even if the Kiffin haters leave happy that his team lost.
Navy vs. Florida Atlantic Prediction
Navy 41, Florida Atlantic 27
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