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