Florida Atlantic (10-3) will play Akron tonight in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl after winning nine straight games, including the Conference USA championship. There are now no details on the contract, but you can rest assured that the former NFL, Tennessee and USC head coach is going to make a little more money.
This is Bowden's sixth season at Akron and his second bowl with the Zips, who went to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2015.
However, the Owls might have to depend on another coach to get there, because Kiffin isn't signing away a decade of his coaching life to stay at FAU. Interestingly, there is one common opponent: Akron beat Buffalo 21-20 and Buffalo edged FAU 34-31; that was FAU's last loss.
Perhaps Kiffin's new deal with FAU shows he is ready to settle down in Boca Raton.
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Head coach Terry Bowden's team started out 1-3 in what looked like another mediocre season, but the Zips started beating the mediocre teams, then stunned Western Michigan and beat a superior OH squad to take control of the MAC East. However, the Owls truly shine when running back Devin Singletary has the ball in his hands (30 total touchdowns, 6.5 yards per rush attempt). FAU's defense is nothing special, but it hasn't had to be. Singletary led the nation in scoring, rushing for 29 touchdowns and catching a TD pass.
Akron won the MAC East with a defense that allowed a lot of yards but not a lot of points, except for two beatdown losses to cross-division rival Toledo, the last in the MAC title game.
Prediction: FAU caps off the greatest season in school history with a huge Boca Raton Bowl victory! Given his job back when Kiffin decided to make a switch after a 1-2 start, Driskel has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions. If nothing else, the Akron offensive skill-position players should be used to the nice weather: Along with Nelson, Akron's top two rushers and top two receivers (in terms of yardage) are Florida natives.
LB Ulysses Gilbert III, Akron: A star after taking over a starting role as a sophomore, he did it all this season as a junior, leading the team with 127 tackles with three interceptions and five sacks.