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Charlotte vs. Florida Atlantic University prediction and pick for the opening weekend of college football. The 49ers will travel to Boca Raton, Florida to face the Owls. Matt MacKay is here to make his predictions.

Charlotte vs FAU Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Owl QB N'Kosi Perry Dominate the 49ers Again?

Charlotte vs. Florida Atlantic University (FAU) prediction and pick for the opening weekend of college football. The 49ers will travel to Boca Raton, Florida to face the Owls in an intraconference matchup between two programs currently competing in Conference USA. Will there be an upset? Matt MacKay is here to make his predictions.

Charlotte is a seven-point underdog on the road in their first game of the 2022 season against Florida Atlantic University. The 49ers were unable to keep up in 2021, losing to the Owls in a 38-9 blowout at home last October. These teams had poor finishes to close out their seasons, preventing Bowl Game appearances with matching 5-7 records. Which team can regroup the quickest to secure a win in Week 0? Find our picks and predictions below.

Florida Atlantic vs Charlotte Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, August 27th

Game time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: CBSSN

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Florida Atlantic vs Charlotte PREDICTION

The offenses have most of their personnel returning from 2021, which creates continuity and trust. FAU quarterback N'Kosi Perry's outing against Charlotte last season stands out amongst the notable stats from that game. Perry went 9/11-225-3 without committing any turnovers while adding another 26 rushing yards. This is a hyperefficient stat line that showcases how porous the 49ers' secondary played in 2021. Nine completions yielded three touchdowns and over 200 passing yards, which is massively concerning. Even worse, the Owls carried 40 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns, melting the game clock with a dominant running game. Junior running back Johnny Ford is back for the Owls and he will be joined by Big Ten transfer Marvin Scott III.

Charlotte should perform a lot better on offense in comparison to 2021, building on quarterback Chris Reynolds' previous production that resulted in completing 22-31 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. The stain on this performance was a pair of interceptions. The run game was shut down by the Owls, who held Charlotte's running back tandem to a combined 32 carries for 77 yards. Both defenses project to be less than stellar to start the 2022 season but Florida Atlantic has too much talent along their offensive line and Charlotte's woeful defensive pass efficiency did not add enough high-caliber talent to significantly disrupt Posey or Ford. Take the Owls to cover the spread by a touchdown in a cakewalk at home to kickstart their season.

Florida Atlantic vs Charlotte PICK


Moneyline: FAU (-280)

Spread: FAU -7 (-110)

Total: 57.5

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