FIU Golden Panthers vs. Florida Atlantic Owls - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3) at FIU Golden Panthers (0-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (FIU Stadium)
The Line: FIU Golden Panthers +6 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to play the Florida International Golden Panthers in a C-USA battle on Saturday.
The Florida International Golden Panthers are 0-4 this season after losing to UCF by a score of 53-14 in their last game. FIU was held to just 189 yards of total offense and was dominated by UCF. The FIU offense is averaging 13.5 points per game with 120.5 rushing yards and 181.2 passing yards per game. Alex McGough is completing 53.5% of his passes for 548 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions, while Maurice Alexander is completing 48.5% of his passes for 177 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for FIU. Alex Gardner has rushed for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Anthony Jones has rushed for 101 yards and 1 touchdown for the Golden Panthers. Jonnu Smith has caught 18 passes for 189 yards, while Alex Gardner has caught 14 passes for 119 yards for Florida International. The FIU defense is giving up 37.2 points per game with 219.2 rushing yards and 245.2 passing yards per game. Anthony Wint has led the FIU defense with 43 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and .5 sacks, while Treyvon Williams has added 42 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Austin Taylor has gone 4-4 on field goals this season, with a long of 47 yards.
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The Florida Atlantic Owls are 1-3 this season after losing to Ball State in their last game, by a score of 31-27. FAU had a lead in the fourth quarter in this tightly contested matchup, before Ball State roared back for the win. The Florida Atlantic offense is averaging 20.5 points per game with 105 rushing yards and 225.5 passing yards per game. Jason Driskel is completing 62.5% of his passes for 898 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for FAU. Greg Howell has rushed for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Kerrith Whyte Jr. has rushed for 95 yards and 1 touchdown for the Owls. Kalib Woods has caught 23 passes for 371 yards and 1 touchdown, while Henry Bussey has 72 yards on 10 catches for FAU. The Florida Atlantic defense is giving up 40.5 points per game with 246 rushing yards and 249.8 passing yards per game. Jalen Young has led the FAU defense with 35 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, while Andrew Soroh has added 19 tackles and 2 interceptions. Greg Joseph has gone 4-4 on field goals this season for the Owls, with a long of 41 yards.
Florida Atlantic is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in FAU’s last 5 games. FIU is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 9-2-1 in FIU’s last 12 home games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
FIU has looked terrible to start the season, especially on offense. The FAU defense is allowing over 40 points per game, so this is a great chance for FIU to find some offense. FAU has the better offense in this game, but FIU is playing at home. I don’t like what I have seen in FIU, so I am going with the Owls in this one.