Lane Kiffin and the Owls are on their second trip to Ohio this season on the hunt for their first win. The Owls (0-2) have faced two, out-of-conference powerhouse teams in Ohio State and UCF. This week they will be taking on Ball State in the first game where they are not an underdog, but are favored by 2.5 points.
While early in the season, this game is important for FAU's bowl prospects and will also showcase FAU's talent and what we can expect when they are playing on a more even field. Coach Kiffin said "It's a bounce-back week - a restart week." He has faith in this team and what they can do saying "These guys are a really good team - we gotta go play really good to get the first win."
"Our guys have been around and understand that just because you lose to teams like that doesn't mean you can't have a really good season. Our goal is to always win our conference. Obviously that's still at stake". Kiffin and his team show no signs of backing down. In fact, facing two, tough opponents has helped the Owls spot weaknesses and areas where they need improvement. A major area of this is starting the game stronger on offense. Against Ohio State and UCF the Owl's were unable to score until the second quarter and did not start rolling until the second half.
On defense, FAU will need to focus on slowing down their opponents. UCF and Ohio State seemed to effortlessly score in the first half while the Owl's defense tried to hastily readjust. To prepare for Ball State, junior cornerback James Pierres said, "We're going off our preparation and attacking the ball as a defense - getting to the ball and our offense moving faster. We're just working on ourselves right now."
In ours and many Owls minds, this week's matchup will give a more accurate showing of what we can expect from them. Tune into ESPN+ this Saturday at 1:00 PM (Central) to watch the FAU Owls take on the Ball State Cardinals.
Written by: Matthew Lewis
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