BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – Trying to find positives about Florida Atlantic University’s 2011 football season is becoming increasingly difficult, especially heading into Saturday’s homecoming game against Arkansas State.
The Owls are arguably the worst team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The season, which is the swan song of legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger, has been nothing short of a disaster. It’s also the first year the Owls are in the new FAU Stadium.
Just how bad has FAU been this season?
The Owls are next to last in the FBS in scoring, averaging just 11.7 points per game, according to cfbstats.com. FAU is ranked 117th in rushing, putting up just 85.7 points per game, and is 112th in passing offense.
Defensively the Owls aren’t doing much better. The FAU Owls allow 34.4 points per game; give up 170 yards per game on the ground; and 216 yards a game through the air.
Against that backdrop comes the Arkansas State Red Wolves who average just fewer than 30 points per game in 2011. The Red Wolves average 155 yards per game on the ground and 281 yards per game in the passing game.
Arkansas State’s defense is very stout when it comes to scoring. The Red Wolves allow opponents to score just 20.4 points per game, which ranks the team in the Top 25 of the FBS.
Defensively, Arkansas State allows opponents to rush for just 114.7 yards per game, or roughly 3 yards per carry, according to cfbstats.com. Overall, the Red Wolves allow just 337 yards per game in total offense, according to cfbstats.com.
FAU is looking for its first win of the season. Based on recent performances, including getting blanked by Western Kentucky and getting stomped by Middle Tennessee, FAU is not likely to get that first elusive win of the season on Saturday.
The game can be heard on http://www.fausports.com. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.