Florida Atlantic (@21.0) vs Ohio State (@1.006)

Our Prediction:

Ohio State will win

Florida Atlantic – Ohio State Match Prediction | 29-08-2019 12:00

They ran 930 plays last year for 5,746 yards, which ranked them 76th in the nation in total offense. The Owls were penalized on offense 79 times for 754 yards last year, which had them 58th in the country in penalties. The Florida Atlantic Owls ran for 2,902 yards as a team last year, which ranked 19th in the nation. The Owls averaged 6.2 yards per play, which was 27th in college football. They ran 566 times, averaging 5.1 yards per rush as a unit. They were 64th in Division 1 in points scored with 373. As a team they accumulated a total of 287 1st downs last season, ranking them 38th overall as an offensive unit.

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Junior James Charles ran for 20 yards last season, but he has to hold off the fast Malcolm Davidson the teams leading returning running back and Alabama transfer BJ Emmons. Theyll all work behind a line that returns just two starters after having a nightmare of a time giving up tackles for loss, but was great in pass protection.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is gone, but succeeding him is former five-star prospect Justin Fields, who transferred from Georgia. Dobbins -- who led OSU in rushing -- is back. Running back Mike Weber is gone, but J.K. At every position. Receiver Parris Campbell is gone, but Binjimen Victor and freshman sensation Garrett Wilson should ease the load. Ohio State: The Buckeyes reloaded.

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Florida Atlantic was 81st in the country in punt returns with 16 last season. That ranked them 95th in the NCAA in punting average. Florida Atlantic Owls kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 40 for 42 last season. Their punters accumulated 1,750 yards on 44 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. They returned 28 kicks for 722 yards on special teams, which put them 37th in kick return yardage. They totaled 70 punt return yards and averaged 4.6 yards per return, which was 118th in D-1. The Owls averaged 26 yards per kick return and they were 35th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,538. The Florida Atlantic Owls tried 17 field goals last year and made 10, which was 107th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 59%.

Ohio State was 74th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 357 last season. The Buckeyes were ranked 74th in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Their rushing defense allowed 489 attempts for 2,223 yards last year, putting them in 76th place in D-1 against the run. That ranked them 103rd in the nation. They surrendered a total of 5,656 yards on D, which was 105th in Division 1. The Buckeyes committed 81 penalties for 781 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. Opposing offenses completed 272 passes on 489 attempts against the Ohio State defense last season, placing them 114th and 126th in the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes pass defense also gave up a total of 3,433 yards through the air, which was 118th overall in total pass defense.

Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 72%. The Buckeyes attempted 18 field goals last season and made 13, which was 74th in D-1. They returned 27 kicks for 463 yards on special teams, ranking 97th in kick return yardage. They accumulated 213 punt return yards and averaged 7.9 yards per return, which was 75th in college football. Ohio State was ranked 23rd in the nation in punt returns with 27 last year. That placed them 37th in Division 1 in punting average. Their punters totaled 2,652 yards on 62 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. The Ohio State Buckeyes averaged 18 yards per kick return and they were 4th in the country in all-purpose yards with 8,176. Ohio State kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 76 for 76 last year.

LB Rashad Smith is the leader on this unit after leading the Owls in tackles and Interceptions with 86 stops and 4 picks. FAU got gassed versus high powered offenses last season and are in store for a long game versus Ohio State. Senior safety Jordan Fuller led this team in tackles last season and should be an All-Big Ten caliber safety this season. With his 65 frame, hes got the length and speed to be deadly at the next level, and after posting 9.5 sacks in 2018, he could easily get 12+ this season and will be joined by Robert Landers at DT and 5-star Zach Harrison up front. he 2019 Ohio State defense has the potential to be the best unit theyve had in a while. FAU dosent have an exact strength on defense although 3 seniors and Junior Leighton McCarthy on the defensive line is this teams best unit. Junior Chase Young is expected to leave after the 2019 season and become a Top 5 pick, and it is obvious why. The Owls defense was one of the biggest disappointments in all of CFB in my eyes as they only gave up 22.7 points per game in 2017 and got back 10 starters. The secondary must replace Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield, but Shaun Wade (3 INTs) and Jeffrey Okudah did play some snaps last season at corner and should fill in nicely. At all 3 levels, the Buckeyes have stars. FAU ranked 85th and 91st in yards and points per game respectively and lose multiple highly productive starters. Senior outside linebacker Malik Harrison is expected to be an All-American candidate after he finished off the season strong with big performances and will be joined by Tuf Borland and Pete Werner, who both return as well to form an experienced and talented linebacker core.

5 Ohio State. The Buckeyes start their season on Saturday at home against Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic, and it's expected to be more a coronation than a competition. Even after an offseason of turnover that included Urban Meyer stepping away and two top-tier players leaving for the NFL as first-round picks, expectations remain sky-high for No. They're favored by 27.5 points over the Owls as new coach Ryan Day leads the program into a new era.