Western Kentucky vs. FIU - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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FIU Golden Panthers (3-6) at WKU Hilltoppers (6-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm (L.T. Smith Stadium)
The Line: WKU Hilltoppers -25 -- Over/Under:
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the FIU Golden Panthers face off on Saturday in Week 10 college football action.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 6-3 this season with two of their losses coming to SEC teams. The WKU offense is averaging 41.6 points and 5-6.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 13 times. Hilltoppers QB Mike White has completed 68.9 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Anthony Wales leads the Western Kentucky ground attack with 825 yards and 13 touchdowns and Taywan Taylor has 66 receptions and 9 touchdowns and Nicholas Norris has 56 catches and 10 touchdowns. The WKU defense is allowing 26.1 points and 389 yards per game with 7 interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 17 sacks. Keith Brown leads the Western Kentucky defense with 87 tackles, Branden Lester has 69 tackles, and T.J. McCollum has 49 tackles. Western Kentucky is rebuilding this season but they are still a team that can score in an instant.
The Florida International Golden Panthers are 3-6 this season and they have lost their last two games. The FIU offense is averaging 23.1 points and 382.7 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 17 times. Panthers QB Alex McGough has completed 58.4 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and he has rushed for 4 touchdowns. Alex Gardner leads FIU in rushing with 733 yards and 4 touchdowns and Thomas Owens has 41 receptions and 7 touchdowns and Jonnu Smith has 39 catches and 3 touchdowns. Defensively Florida International is allowing 34.8 points and 421.8 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 14 sacks. Anthony Wint leads the FIU defense with 88 tackles, Treyvon Williams has 87 tackles, and Xavier Hines has 41 tackles. FIU’s defense just hasn’t created a lot of opportunities for the offense.
Western Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games. FIU is 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 games, 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games, and 7-19 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered the point spread in 4 of the last five meetings of these two teams.
This is just a down year for FIU and while generally they have some under the radar top tier athletes, this year they just don’t have enough of them. WKU is still a power team and I look for them to run away with this one.