FIU, which is 0-1 in the conference and 0-3 overall, lost their only C-USA game as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders beat them 31-28. That was on October 10. The Panthers last played on October 23. In that contest, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks beat FIU 19-10. Florida International presently sits in last place in the C-USA East.
This C-USA matchup will be played Friday, 13, 2020 at Riccardo Silva Stadium. Kickoff is 7:00 pm ET. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies with the game-time temperature at 78 degrees. Winds will be from the NE at 5mph and humidity will be 86%. There’s a 13% chance of precipitation.
Florida Atlantic vs Florida International Pick – Stats
The Panthers are allowing opponents 28.7 PPG, while the Owls are giving up just 11.5. Florida Atlantic’s D is giving up just 317.0 YPG. That includes 213.5 YPG in the air and 103.5 YPG on the ground. Conversely, FIU’s defense is allowing 458.8 YPG. Included are a hefty 213.3 YPG in rushing. That’s a telling stat, as the Owl offense is averaging 166.0 YPG rushing.
Owls vs Panthers Spread Pick – Key Players
For FIU, freshman QB Stone Norton has played well. He’s tossed three TD passes and has not thrown a pick. Norton has been sacked seven times. He completing just 53.1% of his passes. WRs Bryce Singleton and Nate Jefferson are the Panthers’ top receivers with seven and five receptions respectively. Each has caught one TD pass. RB D’vonte Price, who has 303 rushing yards and three scores, anchors the ground game. Also, RB Shaun Peterson Jr., who has 168 yards, has scored two rushing TDs. The Panther D has recorded seven sacks, 10 PD, and two picks.
Florida Atlantic vs Florida International Pick – Final Word
Our Florida Atlantic vs Florida International pick relies on these two very different defenses. The Owls’ defense is tenacious and tough. The Panthers give up a lot of rushing yards. We think that the FAU linebackers will put massive pressure on quarterback Norton. Plus, we expect that they will shut down the run. Watch the Owls’ rush attack penetrate and score against the Panthers.
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Florida Atlantic vs Florida International Panthers Summary
Florida Atlantic Owls at -9.5 (-105)