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Boca Raton Bowl: Akron vs. FAU, How to watch, game time, stream, odds, open thread

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I know that fans of MACtion shouldn’t be picky when it comes to post-season opportunities. A MAC team playing in late December or January should be a grateful team, but playing one of the most high octane offenses in the FBS and one of the hottest teams in football on their home field is less than an ideal situation. Such is the case for Terry Bowden and the Akron Zips tonight as they take on the Florida Atlantic Owls in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

The key for this comes down to Akron’s offense and whether or not the Zips will move the ball against a speedy FAU defensive unit. It is possible, as the Owls allow just north of 400 yards per game and just over 24 points. Offensively the Owls put up nearly 40 points and 500 yards a game so the Zips defense has a potentially long night ahead. Best case scenario? A true MAC-worthy shootout that comes down to who has the ball last.

Vegas sees this as a more than “uphill battle”, and the bettors agree. What opened as a 17.5 line in favor of FAU has now been bet up to 22.5. That’s the largest spread of the bowl season. So do with that what you will.

Your pertinent information...

Kickoff time: 7:00PM

Television: ESPN

Stream: WatchESPN app, pending cable provider

Weather: Clear, 75°

Line: FAU -22.5

Preview: here

Comment section below is your open thread for this game. Chat it up with other fans of MACtion!