2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Florida Atlantic Offense
If the offense isn’t going to be as devastating as it was in 2017, is has to at least be able to keep the chains moving. That monster attack of two years ago wasn’t great on third downs, but it was outstanding at cranking up first downs and keeping everything going.
Last year, the Owls were 12th in Conference USA and 118th in the country in third down conversions, hitting just 33% of them. When the O was under 30%, FAU was 0-4.
Biggest Key To The Florida Atlantic Defense
Start taking the ball away. The Owls were able to generate 26 takeaways in Lane Kiffin’s first season, but they only recovered six fumbles and didn’t get one in the final six games. That means the D has recovered just three fumbles over the last 18 games – spreading out those three last season.
Overall, FAU went from being +13 in turnover margin in 2017 to -7 last year, going a +4 in the five wins, and -11 in the seven losses.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Nick Tronti, Soph.
Chris Robison could still be the main man at quarterback now that he’s back on the team after being indefinitely suspended. It’s not like the former Oklahoma transfer was Kyler Murray last year, hitting 63% of his passes for 2,533 yards and 12 scores and 12 picks, but he’s a baller who should be able to handle the starter gig.
FAU has another option to rely on.
The 6-2, 205-pound Tronti is a good athlete who can run even more than Robison and showed good decision-making ability this spring. Robison has more talent, but overall, the quarterback play has to be sharper – that’s where Tronti has to step up.
Key Game To The Florida Atlantic Season
FIU, Nov. 9
To with the Conference USA East title for the second time in three years, beating Middle Tennessee would be nice – but that comes after a week off. Beating Marshall could be a must – but that’s in Boca Raton, too.
FIU should be the division’s strongest team, but it has to come up the road to deal with FAU. If the Owls win those first two East battles, this will probably decide the division.
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2018 Florida Atlantic Fun Stats
– Fumbles: Florida Atlantic 16 (lost 6) – Opponents 9 (lost 3)
– Penalties: Florida Atlantic 79 for 770 yards – Opponents 49 for 488 yards
– Sacks: Florida Atlantic 24 for 150 yards – Opponents 14 for 83 yards