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FIU Golden Panthers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-2) at FIU Golden Panthers (3-5)
Date & Time Saturday October 29, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: FIU Golden Panthers +17 -- Over/Under: 63
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CFB | Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-2) at FIU Golden Panthers (3-5)

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to play the Florida International Golden Panthers in a C-USA college football game this weekend.

The Florida International Golden Panthers are 3-5 (3-1) this season after losing to Louisiana Tech by a score of 44-24 in their last game. Florida International has played well in conference play after going 0-4 in non-conference games. The FIU offense is averaging 21.6 points per game with 139.5 rushing yards and 226.4 passing yards per game. Alex McGough is completing 56.9% of his passes for 1584 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions for FIU. Alex Gardner has rushed for 638 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Anthony Jones has added 332 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Golden Panthers. Thomas Owens has caught 35 passes for 501 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jonnu Smith has caught 33 passes for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns for Florida International. The Florida International defense is giving up 33.9 points per game with 203.2 rushing yards and 213 passing yards per game. Anthony Wint has led the FIU defense with 81 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and .5 sacks, while Treyvon Williams has added 81 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Austin Taylor has gone 11-13 on field goals, with a long of 50 yards.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 5-2 (2-1) this season after beating Missouri by a score of 51-45 in their last game. Middle Tennessee was able to win this shootout by gaining 584 total yards and forcing 2 turnovers. The Middle Tennessee offense is averaging 40.3 points per game with 194.4 rushing yards and 354.4 passing yards per game. Brent Stockstill is completing 63.7% of his passes for 2371 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Middle Tennessee. I’Tavius Mathers has rushed for 940 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Stockstill has added 212 yards on the ground for the Blue Raiders. Richie James has caught 62 passes for 905 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Mathers has caught 35 passes for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns for Middle Tennessee. The Middle Tennessee defense is giving up 29.1 points per game with 175.4 rushing yards and 253.6 passing yards per game. Alex Dale has led the Middle Tennessee defense with 54 tackles and .5 sacks, while Chris Melton has added 49 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Canon Rooker has gone 13-16 on field goals for Middle Tennessee, with a long of 46 yards.

Middle Tennessee is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Middle Tennessee’s last 8 conference games. FIU is 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in FIU’s last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2-1 in these two teams last 9 meetings.

Middle Tennessee comes into this game with a high-powered offense, while FIU is averaging just over 21 points per game on offense. Middle Tennessee has the clear advantage on offense and is the slightly better defensive team. Brent Stockstill is one of the better quarterbacks in the country and should lead the Blue Raiders to an easy victory. I like Middle Tennessee to run away with this one. 

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -17

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