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Capsule Preview: UB at Florida Atlantic

UB at Florida Atlantic

Noon at Boca Raton, Fla.

Radio: 1520 AM. TV: WNYO.

Last time out: Both teams had no-shame defeats against bigger-conference foes. UB lost at Penn State, 27-14. FAU lost at home to Miami of the Atlantic Coast Conference, 44-20. But it was 20-20 early in the third quarter.

Trending: Florida Atlantic’s offense is good and its defense is bad. How good and how bad, respectively? Hard to tell. Tulsa gained 618 yards in beating FAU, 47-44, in Week One. Tulsa, which runs the Baylor offense, is very explosive. Still, it was a bad loss for FAU because it won the turnover battle, 4-0. Last week, the Owls lost the turnover battle, 5-0, yet hung in with the Hurricanes. . . . The status of starting QB Jaquez Johnson is uncertain. He sprained an ankle against Miami. Red-shirt sophomore Jason Driskel would start in his place. He’s the younger brother of the former starting QB for the Florida Gators, Jeff Driskel, the national high school player of the year in 2010. Jeff Driskel opted last spring to transfer to Louisiana Tech for his senior year.

Stat check: Freshmen have made 31 percent of the Owls’ tackles this season. The defense is young. The linebacking corps is especially weak. It lost its lone player with experience, Robert Relf, to a season-ending shoulder injury vs. Tulsa.

Star gazing: UB QB Joe Licata has connected with eight or more different receivers each of the first two games. Licata has thrown a TD pass in 14 straight games and 28 of the 30 he has started. . . . The Owls have only four sacks, and they’re all by 300-pound defensive tackle Trevon Colley. Both FAU running backs (Greg Howell and Jay Warren) are good. The offensive line has experience and talent. Can UB get any pass pressure?

At stake: The next two games (Nevada, Bowling Green) only get tougher, so it would be nice for UB to win this one. A win here makes .500 or better easier to envision. . . . Bragging rights in Port Chester, N.Y., are on the line. That’s the hometown of both UB assistant Rob Ianello and FAU defensive coordinator Roc Bellantoni. Ianello coached Bellantoni when the latter played Little League.

Prediction: UB 37, Florida Atlantic 26.

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