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Bloggery from the skies: Upset alert?

From Delta flight 846:

Yes, I picked Florida Atlantic. Yes, I’m out of my mind. I get that.

This is one of those bad gut hunches, one remembering disasters such as The Citadel (1988), Bowling Green (1998), UAB (twice), Akron (twice) and whatever lousy road losses Marshall teams have suffered.

If nothing else, this Herd team should romp in the trenches. The Herd offensive line should shove FAU’s four defensive ends into the Atlantic and the D-line should bully FAU’s offensive line. If that happens, all is well unless …

MU’s south Floridians grip it hard and commit mistakes. Turnovers, of course, especially with FAU’s cornerbacks, who may clamp down on MU’s shaky outside receivers. And as we’ve seen, the Herd can toss a game away on special teams.

Before the season, I fully expected the Herd to merely split the two games in south Florida. At this point, I cannot begin to envision a loss to Florida International. Doing my homework on FAU, they’re a little better than its record indicates — shoot, I thought the Owls would lumber into this game 1-5 at best.

Anyway, sit back and relax. Marshall could beat the Owls like a rented mule, but don’t let your head explode if things don’t go perfectly. This is a good test of whether this team can handle a little prosperity as a double-digit road favorite.

You have been advised.