Massachusetts Minutemen vs. FIU Golden Panthers - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
FIU Golden Panthers (0-2) at Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida International Golden Panthers make the long trop up the coast to face the Massachusetts Minutemen.
The Florida International Golden Panthers never found their offense and their defense struggled in a 41-14 loss to visiting Maryland. The Terrapins led 477-372 with plenty of balance running and throwing. The Golden Panthers did a solid job running the ball behind Alex Gardner and his 109 yards on 16 carries and a score followed by another 64 yards from Anthony Jones but the scoreboard said more passing was needed. FIU quarterback Maurice Alexander hit on 8-18 for 131 yards and a touchdown while Alex McGough went 5-10 for 39 yards and tossed a pick six. Jonnu Smith led Florida International with 70 yards on five receptions but FIU needed to stretch the field more.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen fought tooth and nail with defensive minded Boston College before falling 26-7 as 17 point home dogs in week two action. UMass was outgained 344-122 which says their defense was competitive but three turnovers were absolute killers. To no surprise the Minutemen could not move the ball on the ground with Marquis Young being the top runner with 27 yards on 17 touches. Massachusetts quarterback Ryan Comis connected on 11-28 for 145 with a 58 yard scoring strike to Adam Breneman that gave the team a 7-0 lead however Comis was sacked for 58 yards as the Eagles defense took over this game.
The Golden Panthers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points while going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Minutemen last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home and the Minutemen are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-1 in Minutemen last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. There are injuries in this one so no line is out yet…