The FIU Panthers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs clash Friday in a week 9 C-USA college football game from Riccardo Silva Stadium.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will try to rebound from back-to-back losses, sitting at 2-5 on the year after a 42-41 OT loss to Rice last time out. Parker McNeil’s thrown for 1,623 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 60.2% passing while Marquis Crosby has 456 rushing yards and 3 scores. Tre Harris leads LA Tech with 39 grabs for 597 yards and 7 touchdowns while Smoke Harris has 36 catches for 420 yards with 4 scores and Griffin Hebert has 403 receiving yards with 20 receptions. Cyrus Allen also has 242 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Tyler Grubbs has 49 total tackles 24 solo tackles while LA Tech’s defensive unit has combined for 7 sacks and 7 interceptions this season.
The FIU Panthers will look to build on their 34-15 upset win over Charlotte in their last game to climb to 3-4 on the year. Grayson James has thrown for 1,399 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 62.1% passing while Lexington Joseph leads FIU with 363 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Tyrese Chambers leads FIU with 37 grabs for 405 receiving yards while Kris Mitchell and Jalen Bracey each have 200+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Gaethan Bernadel has a team-high 60 total tackles with 34 solo tackles while Shaun Peterson Jr. has a team-high 5 sacks and Dorian Hall has a pair of interceptions as well for FIU’s defense this season.
Louisiana Tech is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 conference games. FIU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
I get the case to be made for either side here as FIU has been so bad, but LA Tech’s defense hasn’t been very good themselves and is capable of making anyone look good. That being said, I’m leaning towards the over here as I just don’t trust either defense to get the necessary stops in this one and even if it’s a one-sided game, I could easily see a game that gets into the 60s. Give me the over.