The Owls restored legitimacy to their bowl hopes with the victory. They now only need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. Two of those games are at home against teams with losing records.
Most importantly, however, FAU finally looked like the team that blew through the Conference USA schedule last year. The running game gashed FIU for more than 400 yards. The defense forced three turnovers. Special teams only missed one field goal.
Backup quarterback De’Andre Johnson provided the offensive spark, leading the Owls to 42 of their 49 points on the night. Afterward, the potential of moving Johnson into the starting role became the main topic of conversation among Owl fans.
This week on OwlTalk with Brian Rowitz, the first and still finest FAU football podcast, the ESPN West Palm host and our Chuck King dive deeply into the FAU quarterback situation. Entering Week 10, does FAU have itself another quarterback battle?
The duo also discusses the Owls’ rapid improvement at defense, including the charged play of senior linebacker Andrew Soroh, who’s replaced Azeez Al-Shaair in the middle of FAU’s defense.
Then there’s this week’s game against Western Kentucky. Generally one of the top Conference USA teams, the Hilltoppers are plodding through one of their worst seasons in recent history. WKU is battered at the QB position, and the defense is paying the price for being on the field so often.
Will Saturday’s game be the next step for Lane Kiffin and FAU toward a second-consecutive bowl bid? Give OwlTalk, the first and still finest FAU football podcast, a listen. It will make you a better fan.