BOCA RATON BOWL PREVIEW
By Leo Haggerty
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As It’s Sports Magazine and Knights Sports Production continues to expand our sports coverage, we have correspondents at the Boca Raton Bowl. Yes, Al Curtiss and Jerome Vickers and A.J. Curtiss have made the trek to South Florida to see what, on paper, looks like a really entertaining football game.
Now, before you say “The What Bowl”, read the preview by Al Curtiss. There are two really good teams teeing it up and their records show it. Enjoy.
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl features two 10-win teams in SMU and FAU
BOCA RATON FL – The offenses should be moving up and down the field rapidly today, when the SMU Mustangs (10-2) come calling on the home field of the Conference USA Champion’s FAU Owl’s (10-3) at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.
The game features two quarterbacks who grow up less than 30-minutes apart in Texas. For SMU, its Shane Beuchele — a former starting QB for the University of Texas who threw for over 3,200 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. While for the FAU Owls its Chris Robinson, a former Oklahoma QB who tossed 24 touchdowns ans amassed over 3,300 yards of passing this season.
SMU is the 6th ranked offense in the nation, scoring 43 points a game, while the Mustang’s defense is ranked 100th out of 130. It is a similar story for FAU on the offensive side of the ball, where they are ranked 16th in nation, scoring almost 36 points per game. On the other hand, the FAU defense has been a much stouter unit than in past years, allowing only 23 points per game and ranking them as the 33rd best D in the nation.
Beyond the QB’s and the stat’s, the real story is how FAU will respond to the loss of former HC Lane Kiffin and much of the staff, who departed for Ole Miss two weeks ago. Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer will serve as interim-Head Coach for today’s game, meaning some of his attention will be driven away from the defensive side of the ball.
Add to that the academic suspension of three FAU starters -wide receivers Pico Harrison and DeAngelo Antoine, as well as middle linebacker Keke Leroy. Moreover, All-American tight end Harrison Bryant is not expected to play, as he has been ill and not practiced all week. Bryant, Antoine and Harrison are FAU’s three leading receivers, leaving the Owl’s very shorthanded against a vulnerable SMU D.
For SMU, its full speed ahead, and the Mustangs should run wild over an FAU team in disarray. Final Score SMU 46, FAU 22 and the Ponies notch their 11th win of the campaign.