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A Push to Respectability

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How do you define the wild and crazy ride that this season has become?  One moment this team looked no better then a bottom dweller in the FBS Division (formally Div. 1-A) and after Saturday's dominating performance against the conference leader, FAU looked like the conference champions everyone expected them to be at the beginning of the season. 

 

 With such a convincing victory, over the conference leaders (The Ragin' Cajun are still tied for first with Troy) the Owls have now positioned themselves one step closer to being bowl eligible.  An uphill battle still ensues, even thought some sport analysts are giving FAU some props as a possible bowl contender.

 


Six victories is all that is needed to become bowl eligible, and FAU stands at 5-5 on the year with two games remaining. Yet you must remain somewhat skeptical after Troy got snubbed from going to a bowl game last year with an 8-4 record, that included a huge 41-23 victory over Oklahoma State.  Things are a bit different this season and even if the Sun-Belt Conference gets little respect, the conference could find themselves with a league first and qualify as many as three teams.  If the stars align correctly for the Sun Belt, the conference should be in good position to fill some voids come bowl selection time.

 

Sure talking about being bowl eligibility is fun for fans. But we must remain cautious - as there is still work to be done.  The Owls must travel to Arkansas State and face a team that is tough against the run - something the Owls have relied on since turning their season around and winning four straight games.   Charles Pierre is nearing the 1,000 yard mark, and only Doug Parker came close to that mark in 2004. It would be a great accomplishment for Pierre who has been running with a much greater purpose this season.

 

Pierre will need to average 78.5 yards in the next two games to reach the milestone for this young Owl program.

 

 Buckle up and prepare for what has become a push to becoming bowl eligible, but more importantly, finishing with back-to-back winning season, if the Owls manage to claw themselves back to a 7-5 record. 


 Edited by: Rick Smith

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