FIU vs. UMass - 12/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (4-7) at FIU Golden Panthers (7-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm (FIU Stadium)
The Line: FIU Golden Panthers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UMass Minutemen will travel to FIU Stadium to take on the FIU Golden Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The UMass Minutemen improved to 4-7 on the season after defeating the BYU Cougars, 16-10, on November 18th. UMass was solid on the defensive end of the field throughout the game and had held on for the victory after taking a 16-0 lead late in the 3rd quarter. UMass and BYU both had 299 total yards in the game and UMass won the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was QB Andrew Ford who completed 21 of 35 passes for 1 TD and 230 passing yards. On the season, the Minutemen are averaging 29.3 ppg on 422.4 total yards per game (288.9 passing yds/g; 133.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UMass is led by QB Andrew Ford who has completed 62.5% of his passes on the season for 18 TD and 3 INT while averaging 257.5 passing yds/g. The Minutemen receivers are led by TE Adam Breneman (5.8 rec/g, 71.5 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Andy Isabella (5.3 rec/g, 84.1 yds/g, 9 TD), and WR Sadiq Palmer (3.0 rec/g, 46.2 yds/g, TD). The UMass backfield is led by Marquis Young (15.0 att/g, 77.91 yds/g, 8 TD) and Bilai Ally (7.8 att/g, 33.1 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, UMass is holding their opponents to an average of 29.0 ppg on 380.5 total yards per game (199.0 passing yds/g; 181.5 rushing yds/g). The Minutemen have forced 18 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of +4.
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The FIU Golden Panthers improved to 7-4 (5-3 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 41-17, this past Friday. FIU was down by a 17-13 margin early in the 3rd quarter, however, went on to easily secure the victory after closing out the game with 28 unanswered points. FIU was outgained by Western Kentucky by a 401-373 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Panthers was QB Alex McGough who completed 17 of 26 passes for 227 yards with 1 TD. On the season, FIU is averaging 24.3 ppg on 379.0 total yards per game (233.4 passing yds/g, 145.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Golden Panthers have been led by QB Alex McGough who has completed 64.1% of his passes for 14 TD and 7 INT while averaging 226.9 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for McGough and FIU have been Thomas Owens (6.6 rec/g, 98.6 yds/g, 6 TD), Julian Williams (2.7 rec/g, 38.0 yds/g, TD) and Pharoah McKever (2.4 rec/g, 26.7 yds/g, 3 TD). The FIU backfield has been led by Alex Gardner who has 4 TDs on the season while averaging 59.7 rushing yds/g on 14.0 att/g. Defensively, FIU is holding their opponents to an average of 27.0 ppg on 404.6 total yards per game (229.2 passing yds/g, 175.5 rushing yds/g). FIU has committed 14 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of -2.
The Minutemen are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on field turf, however, are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
UMass has played well of late, winning 4 of their last 5 games, and has been great on the offensive end as during their last 5 games, the Minutemen are averaging 33.6 ppg. FIU put together an impressive 2nd half performance against Western Kentucky and has been tough to beat at home this season as FIU currently has a 5-1 road record. UMass has been playing well as of late, however, I think FIU is the better overall team here and as they have home field advantage, I’m taking the Golden Panthers to cover this small home spread.