Saturday, November 5, 2016
L.T. Smith Stadium
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The Florida International Golden Panthers take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium. The opening line for this game has Western Kentucky as 25 point favorites. This season the Golden Panthers are 3-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-4-0. The Hilltoppers have an over/under record of 4-5-0 and they are 3-6-0 against the spread.
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Alex McGough finished with 307 yards through the air for Florida International last week. He completed 27 passes out of 40 attempts for a 68% completion percentage. The Golden Panthers were led in rushing by Alex Gardner, who finished with 95 yards on 19 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Thomas Owens was the team leader in receiving with a total of 93 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. As a team in that game Florida International got a total of 26 first downs. Of those first downs, 11 came on the ground while 15 came through the air. They ran 84 total plays for 517 yards for the game. The Golden Panthers ran for 210 yards on 44 attempts.
Mike White finished with 307 yards passing for Western Kentucky last week. He went 13 for 21, resulting in a 62% completion percentage. The Hilltoppers were led on the ground by Marquez Trigg, who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Nicholas Norris led the team in receiving with 131 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 19 yards per reception. Western Kentucky had 22 first downs total. 11 came from running the ball and 11 came from a pass. They ran 70 total plays for 661 yards for the contest. The Hilltoppers ran for 268 yards on 45 carries as a team.
Florida International scores 23.1 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 104th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.8 passes on 36.1 attempts for a 57.5 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 235.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 62nd in college football. The Golden Panthers run for an average of 147.3 yards per game on 35.1 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 98th in the nation. They also run 71.2 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 382.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 88th overall this season. The Golden Panthers average 19.9 first downs per game which ranks them 94th in the country. They accumulate 51.9 penalty yards per game via 5.8 penalties, which ranks 76th in the nation.
Florida International allows 222.2 passing yards per game, ranking 57th in D-1, and they allow 34.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 110th. They give up 17.9 completions on 29.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61. The Golden Panthers allow 200.2 rushing yards per game on 38 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 90th in the country. Florida International allows 422.4 total yards per game including 6.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 80th in terms of yards per game. They force 0.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.6 penalties for 57.4 yards per game, ranking them 86th among D-1 teams.
Western Kentucky averages 41.6 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 13th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 23.7 passes per game on 35 attempts for a 67.6 percent completion percentage. They throw for 345.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 9th in Division 1. The Hilltoppers run for an average of 160.4 yards per game on 32.2 attempts for an average of 5 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 85th on the ground. They also run 67.2 plays per game and average 7.5 yards per play for a total of 506.2 yards per game, ranking them 11th in the country on offense. The Hilltoppers get an average of 23.2 first downs per game, which ranks 37th in the nation. They average 69.4 penalty yards per game via 6.7 penalties, ranking them 14th in college football.
Western Kentucky allows an average of 279.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 113th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 26.1 points per contest, which has them ranked 54th in the nation. They give up 23 completions on 38.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.3 per game. The Hilltoppers allow 108.9 rushing yards per contest on 34.8 carries for a 3.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 11th in the country. Western Kentucky allows 388.7 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranks 54th in D-1. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and 6.7 penalties for 53 yards in each contest, ranking 60th in the nation.
Florida International Betting Trends
Florida International is 5-4-0 against the over/under this season
Florida International has an ATS record of 3-6-0 this season
Western Kentucky Betting Trends
Western Kentucky is 4-5-0 against the over/under this season
Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 3-6-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/23/16 RB Napoleon Maxwell Knee out indefinitely
09/11/16 WR Shug Oyegunle Ankle out indefinitely
10/30/16 WR Nacarius Fant Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Florida Intl
10/18/16 WR John Brunner Personal left the team
10/01/16 RB D'Andre Ferby Shoulder out for season
10/01/16 DB Marcus Ward Knee out for season
09/06/16 RB Leon Allen Knee out indefinitely
08/27/16 QB Nelson Fishback Pectoral out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Western Kentucky
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