Time to start looking at our next opponent: the Florida Atlantic Owls.
The Schnellenberger Era is over, having already announced his retirement before last year's 1-11 season.
The Owls are now led by first-year head coach Carl Pelini, who was Nebraska's Defensive Coordinator from 2008-2011. They are currently 1-2. They beat the FCS Wagner Seahawks 7-3 at home, then lost to Middle Tennessee State (17-31) and Georgia (20-56) on the road. (This information drawn from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Florida_Atlantic_Owls_football_team.) FAU is 1-16 in their last 17 games against FBS teams. (http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/faufocus/2012/09/18/faus-cory-henry-on-alabama-they-can-be-beat/)
The following stats come from www.cfbstats.com.
They are currently #105/124 in FBS in terms of total offense, averaging 333.7 yards per game. Their passing game is #99, with 202.0 passing ypg. Their rushing offense is #89, with 131.67 ypg. They have averaged 14.7 points per game, good for #119/124.
They have gained an average of 5.13 yards per play. They have attempted 88 passes (29.3 attempts/game) of which 57 were completed (64.8%) for 606 yards (6.9 ypa), 4 touchdowns, 1 interception. As a team, their passer rating is 135.34. They have run the ball 107 times (35.67 rushes/game) for 395 yards (3.69 ypc) and 1 touchdown.
Florida Atlantic is currently #105/124 in FBS in terms of total defense, as well, giving up an average of 469.3 yards per game. Pass defense is #62, allowing 218.0 ypg through the air. Run defense is #118, yielding 251.33 ypg on the ground. They have allowed an average of 30 points per game (#86).
They are currently allowing 7.53 yards per play. Their opponents have attempted 55 passes (18.3 attempts/game) completing (58.2%) for 654 yards (11.9 ypa), 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. As a team, the opposing quarterbacks' passer rating has been 171.15. Their opponents have run the ball 132 times (44 rushes/game) for 754 yards (5.71 ypc) and 7 touchdowns. They have 18 tackles for loss (6/game), of which 3 were sacks (1/game).
"They ain’t what people think," Henry said. "They’re good and everything but they can beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you."
"We got speed against them," he said. "You got speed you can win."
- FAU Defensive End Cory Henry