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Boca Raton Bowl: Akron vs. FAU

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Tuesday night, the Akron Zips faces the Florida Atlanta University Owls in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. The game will kick off at 7 pm on ESPN.

The Zips are 7-6 on the season. The Owls, who are basically playing a home bowl game, are 10-3, as the game is being played at Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium.

Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel making a pass (Getty Images)

Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel making a pass (Getty Images)

Akron is 2-4 on the road this season. FAU is 6-1 at home this season, which came on Friday, September 1st, in a 42-19 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Zips have a 57% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. According to their expert poll; however, they have a 62% chance to win the game.

This is the third Bowl game in the Zips football history. They are 1-1 in those Bowl games.

They lost the Motor City Bowl in a 38-31 loss to the Memphis Tigers on December 26th, 2005. The win came two years ago when they defeated the Utah State Aggies, 23-21, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on December 22nd, 2015.

Like the Zips, this will be the Owls third Bowl game in program history. Florida Atlantic is 2-0 in their previous Bowl games.

However, this is the Owls first Bowl game since the 2008 season. They won the Motor City Bowl on December 26th, 2008, as they defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas, 24-21.

They also won the New Orleans Bowl in a 44-27 win over the Memphis Tigers on December 21st, 2007.

The Zips lost their last game to the Toledo Rockets, a 45-28 loss on December 2nd, 2017. Akron has not won a game since defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 24-14, on November 21st, 2017.

Florida Atlantic has won nine straight games, including winning the Conference-USA Championship game over the North Texas Mean Green on December 2nd. The Owls have not lost a game since losing 34-31 to the Buffalo Bulls on September 23rd.

Two of their three losses have come from Bowl eligible teams. The Midshipmen are hosting a Bowl game later this month and the Wisconsin Badgers are playing in the Capital One Orange Bowl against the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes.

Almost every one of these wins since the loss to the Bulls was by double-digits, except for a 30-25 win over the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Akron is averaging 23.6 points per game. Florida Atlantic is averaging 39.8 points per game.

Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson has gone 159 of 278 for 1,777 passing yards. He also has 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Manny Morgan leads the running backs with 99 carries for 393 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Kwadarrius Smith leads the receivers with 34 receptions for 726 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel has gone 166 of 253 for 1,977 passing yards. He also has 13 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Devin Singletary leads the running backs with 275 carries for 1,796 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. Willie Wright leads the receivers with 49 receptions for 586 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

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