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ESPN West Palm Staff Picks FAU vs. Miami

Sep 11, 2015 -- 12:17pm

It's the biggest game in FAU history and the first official Owls sellout in FAU Stadium history. As part of FAU-Miami week, presented by Ed Morse Automotive Group, your favorite ESPN West Palm personalities pick tonight's game. 

Josh Cohen -- Host of Josh Cohen & The HomeTeam

Prediction: Miami 35, FAU 17

Just as Clubber Lang responded when asked for a "prediction" in Rocky III,  "My prediction? PAIN..."

Evan Cohen -- Host Weekdays 4p-6p

Prediction: FAU 21, Miami 20

Regardless of the result, this is the biggest game that FAU has ever played in their home stadium. We will have a sell out on Friday night in Boca. That is a win for the FAU program no matter what the score is.

Joe Colella -- Host Weekdays 4p-6p and High School Hysteria

Prediction: Miami 31, FAU 14

FAU's improved talent level is still a year or two away from really scaring the Canes. I'd love for the Owls to take it, but I think we're jumping the gun a little on that.

Stephanie Prince -- Star of Fite Shavell Top 5 at 5

Prediction: FAU 21, Miami 20

FAU scores a field goal right at the end of the game – wait does that add up right?!

Brian Rowitz -- Producer, Weekdays 4p-6p and FAU Pre-Game Host

--Brian did not pick the game because of his position with FAU broadcast team but offers key to game below: 

Start fast -- FAU over the last couple years has had trouble closing games on the road but those problems haven’t really existed at home. The energy from the home crowd at kickoff is going to be something this team has never experienced and they will have to feed off it instead of working against it. Since Al Golden took over at Miami, the 'Canes are just 5-18 when trailing at the half. An early touchdown will prove to FAU that they have what it takes to hang with the U and then who knows what that can turn into.

JMP -- Host, ESPN West Palm Tonight 

Prediction: FAU 31, Miami 27. 

There is not a football argument that can probably be made for FAU being superior to Miami, but I cannot get the image out of my head of Charlie Partridge taking a victory lap around FAU Stadium like Russell Crowe in Gladiator following the slaying of the Canes and Al Golden. 

Emerson Lotzia -- ESPN 106.3 on WPTV Anchor 

Prediction: Miami 42, FAU 35. 

Owls have the offense to hang, but their defense will struggle to slow down Miami's studs. I REALLY hope FAU proves me wrong because there's nothing I'd like more than to see Charlie Partridge and company crush the Canes inside FAU Stadium. 

Ian Hest -- ESPN 106.3 on WPTV Anchor 

Prediction: Miami 38, FAU 13. 

While this is no doubt a talented FAU team, it is in the unenviable situation of having its weakness face Miami's strength. For years, the Canes have lived off of the big play on offense, and I expect QB Brad Kaaya to do the same on Friday, which still seems to be a crux for the Owls defense. Miami's much improved D-Line could make it a long night for Quez Johnson as well, as FAU continues to find the right fit for the pieces along its offensive line.

Kelley Bydlon -- ESPN 106.3 on WPTV Executive Producer

Prediction: Miami 48, FAU 27 

With the biggest game in school history about to take place on their Boca Raton campus, this is not a good week for FAU to be dealing with a lot of injuries... and unfortunately for the Owls, they are. Miami also dealing with injuries, but their depth and excellent quarterback play from Brad Kaaya should prove to be the difference in this one. Expect a high scoring affair, but in the end Miami cruises to a 48-27 win. 

Wells Dusenbury -- ESPN West Palm High School Writer

Prediction: Miami 42, FAU 20. 

FAU's defense struggled in the season opener, allowing 47 points to a Tulsa squad that finished 2-10 a year ago. That doesn't bode well for Friday night as the Owls welcome in one of the country's top young quarterbacks in sophomore Brad Kaaya. I think FAU can put some points up on Miami's defense, but I don't think the Owls will be able to score enough to notch the upset victory. 

Jordan Sherwood -- Host, Inside the Cage

Prediction: Miami 28, FAU 17

In the biggest game of FAU's program history, Charlie Partridge shows that he has the Owl program on the right track, as they hang tough with instate rival Miami until a late 4th quarter score by the Canes.

 

 

Steve Politziner -- The Boss 

Prediction: FAU 37, Miami 31. 

Owls Power past a “power 5” at FAU Stadium in Boca on National TV! 

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