FLA AT­LANTIC over Air Force by 6

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For the 12th straight year un­der HC Troy Cal­houn, the Force opened its sea­son by tak­ing on an FCS foe in an un­lined game. And much like the pre­vi­ous 11 sea­sons where the Flyboys opened with an av­er­age win mar­gin of 37.6 points, Cal­houn’s squad stuck to the for­mula with a 38-0 white­wash of Stony Brook (10-3 in 2017). Mean­while, FAU head coach Lane Kif­fin’s trade­mark smirk was nowhere to be seen at Ok­la­homa last Satur­day as his Owls were re­duced to road kill in a 63-14 smash­ing by the Soon­ers Schooner. Even worse, the Florida At­lantic alumni sent out a cel­e­bra­tory fund-rais­ing tweet an­nounc­ing that they had just de­feated the Soon­ers. Talk about a dou­ble dose of egg on the face! We’re ea­ger to see how the Air Force de­fense fares to­day against the em­bar­rassed Owls, es­pe­cially after giv­ing up a crip­pling 5.9 yards per rush last year and hold­ing the Sea­wolves to just 75 to­tal yards in last week’s 38-point win. Re­mem­ber, Navy tor­pe­doed the Owls, 42-19, with their triple op­tion ground at­tack last sea­son and the Force looked in mid-sea­son form last Satur­day, pil­ing up 333 rush­ing yards. Plus, coach Cal­houn owns a re­spectable 19-9 ATS ledger when com­ing off a win in non-con­fer­ence clashes. The bot­tom line is we can’t lay points with team that just coughed up 650 yards and 63 points in a lop­sided loss, not with mil­i­tary teams a con­vinc­ing 117-85-4 ATS as dou­ble-digit road dogs. It what looks to be a hot one weath­er­wise in Boca Ra­ton (2:00 pm start), we’ll lean slightly to the high-al­ti­tude jet jock­eys.

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