The joy of last season for Florida Atlantic was quickly washed away as the Owls were thrashed by Oklahoma 63-14 as 18.5 point road underdogs, in a game that was not that close.
For Air Force and Florida Atlantic, the results of their season-starting games had to do with who they faced. The Falcons flew by Stony Brook 38-0 as 15-point home favorites, holding them to 75 yards of offense on 50 plays.
FAU was no match for the speed and power of Oklahoma, trailing 56-0 before the Sooners went deep into the depth chart.
According to the college football odds, there is still ample faith in Florida Atlantic, as they were pushed from -7.5 to -10 early in the week against Air Force. Defense, more than offense will determine this nonconference clash for both teams.
How To Stop Both Offensive Attacks
Coach Lane Kiffin was counting on his 10 returning defensive starters making improvement from one year to the next. Probably facing Oklahoma is not a fair way to judge the Owls defense, who was slow afoot against the Sooners.
This week, FAU defenders will face a potent Air Force option offense. Owls defensive players will have to be disciplined, read their keys and stay is lanes to slow the Falcons. If they can create penetration and take away the option dive with the fullback, that will help their cause.