Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Central Florida Knights - 9/6/13
Central Florida Knights (1-0) at Florida International Golden Panthers (0-1)
NCAAF Football: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FIU Stadium)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers 22 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The 1-0 Central Florida Knights travel south for an interstate showdown with the 0-1 Florida International Panthers.
UCF kicked 2013 off in impressive fashion, as they made easy work of the visiting Akron Zips 38-7. The Knights struck early and Blake Bortles hit Breshad Perriman for a 91 yard strike at the 14:02 mark of the first quarter. Bortles was excellent on the afternoon, connecting on 18-24 for 304 yards and 3 TD’s before being rested towards the end of the day. Perriman led the Knights in receiving with 113 yards and 1 td on just 3 catches and Storm Johnson was impressive, with 99 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. On D, the Knights forced two turnovers and only committed one penalty the entire contest. The Knights will face an inexperienced secondary this weekend in Miami and will likely look to take advantage early and often.
The Florida International Panthers kicked off their season with a lopsided loss versus the Maryland Terrapins. Florida International started the game strong, forcing two early field goals, despite poor starting field position on defense and also got a touchdown early in the second quarter that cut the Maryland lead to 20-10. The Terrapins then ripped off 20 straight points on 3 drives and left the Panthers with far too large of a deficit to overcome at 40-10. Jake Medlock started off his 2013 season with an egg, throwing for just 26 yards before being pulled in favor of backup Hilliard. The Panthers also tallied only 181 yards for the entire game. Some young playmakers will need to emerge soon if FIU wants to make a bowl push.
FIU is too young and was exploited because of that youth last week. The home field advantage should help, but I like the Knights to pull away early in the second half for the cover. Look for Bortles to have a big day passing and the UCF D to keep to their stingy ways, as UCF runs away with this one.