FIU vs. FAU - 11/3/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Atlantic Owls (3-5) at FIU Golden Panthers (6-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm (FIU Stadium)
The Line: FIU Golden Panthers -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Facebook - Stadium
The FAU Owls will travel to FIU Stadium to take on the FIU Golden Panthers this Saturday night in College Football action.
The FAU Owls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-5 (1-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 21-13, this past Saturday. FAU jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter, however, the offensive struggled the rest of the way and couldn’t fight back after a 15-yard TD throw by the Bulldogs J’Mar Smith gave the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead with 8:27 left in regulation. FAU outgained Louisiana Tech by a 348-330 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was RB Devin Singletary who had 171 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries. On the season, FAU is averaging 28.5 ppg on 449.1 total yards per game (228.4 passing yds/g; 220.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, FAU has been led by RB Devin Singletary who has 15 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 104.6 rushing yds/g on 20.8 att/g. QB Chris Robison has completed 62.5% of his passes for 8 TD & 10 INT while averaging 205.6 passing yds/g. Robison missed last game due to an ankle injury and is currently listed as day-to-day. QB Rafe Peavey struggled in his first start of the season in replace of Robison as against Louisiana Tech, he completed 15 of 26 passes for just 115 yards and an INT. The top receivers for the Owls have been Jovon Durante (5.9 rec/g; 79.8 yds/g; 2 TD), Harrison Bryant (3.8 rec/g; 46.8 yds/g; 3 TD), and Willie Wright (4.4 rec/g; 43.6 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, FAU is allowing their opponents to average 35.5 ppg on 433.6 total yards per game (248.1 passing yds/g; 185.5 rushing yds/g).
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The FIU Golden Panthers won their 4th straight game and improved to 6-2 (4-0 C-USA) on the season after easily defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 38-17, this past Saturday. FIU dominated the Hilltoppers on both ends of the field and had no trouble securing the victory after 14 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter gave the Golden Panthers a 28-3 lead. FIU outgained Western Kentucky by a 368-312 margin and also won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for FIU was QB James Morgan who completed 19 of 28 passes for 171 yards and 3 TD’s. On the season, FIU is averaging 36.1 ppg on 418.4 total yards per game (242.3 passing yds/g; 176.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, FIU has been led by QB James Morgan who has completed 65.2% of his passes for 19 TD & 4 INT while averaging 221.0 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Morgan and the Golden Panthers have been CJ Worton (3.0 rec/g; 62.4 yds/g; 5 TD), Austin Maloney (2.1 rec/g; 38.8 yds/g; 4 TD), and Maurice Alexander (2.4 rec/g; 37.8 yds/g; 4 TD). Leading the way for the Golden Panthers backfield has been the trio of D’Vonte Price (7.9 att; 53.4 yds/g; 5 TD), Napoleon Maxwell (11.4 att/g; 52.6 yds/g; 3 TD), and Shawndarrius Phillips (8.9 att/g; 36.8 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, FIU is holding their opponents to an average of 22.1 ppg on 366.9 total yards per game (191.3 passing yds/g; 175.6 rushing yds/g).
The Owls are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
FAU and Lane Kiffin have not lived up their expectations this season as although they have one of the best RB’s in the country in Devin Singletary, the Owls offense hasn’t been able to put up the points we saw last season and haven’t been able to overcome their defense that ranks 110th in CFB in scoring defense. FIU on the other hand, has been outstanding this season as they are a well-balanced team on both ends of the ball as they rank 26th in scoring offense and 34th in scoring defense. FAU is nowhere near the team we saw last season and between the fact that FAU has been awful on the road and that FIU is just the better team on both ends of the ball, I’m taking FIU to cover this low home spread.