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Florida Atlantic vs. Florida International - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida International Golden Panthers (4-4) at Florida Atlantic Owls (1-6)

College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Florida International Golden Panthers will travel to FAU Football Stadium to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Florida International Golden Panthers improved to 4-4 (2-2 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs 41-12 this past Saturday. Florida International outscored Old Dominion by a 24-6 margin in the 2nd half and forced the Monarchs into committing 3 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was QB Alex McGough who completed 31 of 39 passes for 390 yards and 3 TD’s. On the season, Florida International is averaging 29.3 ppg on 386.9 yards per game (272.6 passing, 114.3 rushing). Leading the Golden Panthers offensive has been QB Alex McGough who has completed 65.9% of his passes for 2049 yards (256.1 yards per game), 17 TD, and 3 INT. The Florida International rushing attack is led by Alex Gardner who has 514 yards (64.25 yards per game) and 6 TD on 129 carries while catching 42 receptions for 381 yards and a TD. Thomas Owens (68.4 yards per game, 7 TD) and TE Jonnu Smith (49.6 yards per game, 4 TD) have been the biggest threats at the WR position. Defensively, Florida International is holding their opponents to 22.6 ppg on 392.0 yards per game (227.8 passing, rushing 164.2 rushing). The Golden Panthers have protected the ball well as they have committed only 8 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of pus 4. Leading the way for the defense is LB Anthony Wint (58 tackles, 1 INT) and DB Jeremiah McKinnon (33 tackles, 3 INT).

Florida Atlantic vs. Florida International - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-6 (1-3 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated 27-17 by the UTEP Miners this past Saturday. Florida Atlantic was outgained by UTEP by a 410-365 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was RB Trey Rodriguez who had 114 yards and a TD on 7 receptions. On the season, Florida Atlantic is averaging just 22.3 ppg on 386.3 yards per game (232.7 passing, 153.6 rushing). Leading the way for the Owls offense has been the RB duo of Greg Howell (92 carries, 434 yards, 3 TD) and Trey Rodriguez (28 carries, 219 yards, 3 TD). QB Jaquez Johnson has missed a few games this season and is currently completing 59.6% of his passes for 930 yards (155.0 yards/game), 4 TD and 3 INT. Jenson Stoshak (33 receptions, 485 yards, 1 TD) and Kalib Woods (21 receptions, 280 yards, 2 TD) have been the top two WR targets for Florida Atlantic on the season. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing their opponents to average 31.1 ppg on 433.0 yards per game (235.3 passing, 197.7 rushing). The Owls have committed 19 turnovers on the season and currently has a minus 4 turnover margin. Leading the way for the Florida Atlantic defense has been DL Trevon Coley (41 tackles, 4.5 sacks) and DB Cre’von Lebalnc (31 tackles, 3 INT).

The Golden Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Florida International has yet to win a game on the road this season however, I just can’t see the Florida Atlantic defense being able to contain QB Alex McGough and the Golden Panthers offensive. Alex McGough and Alex Gardner should have big days against the Owls and I think the Golden Panthers pull away in the 2nd half and easily cover this spread. Take Florida International to cover in this one.  

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