FIU vs Florida Atlantic NCAA Football Picks and Tips 11/9/2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
FAU Football Stadium
Chris Robison and the Florida Atlantic Owls host the FIU Golden Panthers at FAU Football Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 2019. FIU opens this game as 10-point dogs. The Golden Panthers are 2-7-0 ATS and 4-5-0 when betting on the total. The Owls are 4-4-1 when wagering on the over/under and 6-3-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the FIU Golden Panthers played the Old Dominion Monarchs and won 24-17. Napoleon Maxwell paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 46 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He scurried for 83 yards on 16 carries which meant he averaged 5.2 yards per tote. Shemar Thornton was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 125 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 20.8 yards per catch in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Golden Panthers was James Morgan who went 20/33 with 252 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with no picks. The Golden Panthers ran the football 38 times and earned a total of 130 yards giving them an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the Golden Panthers had a total of 20 1st downs and they totaled 6 infractions for 64 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. On the day, they finished with a total of 71 plays which added up to 382 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, FIU gave up 19 completions on 36 tries for a total of 169 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.8%. In the game, they allowed 242 yards and forced 2 takeaways. In the running game, the Golden Panthers gave up 73 yards on 24 tries which gave them an average of 3.0 yards per run allowed.
The Golden Panthers come into this game with a record of 5-4 this season. For total yards, they are currently ranked 7th in the conference and 59th in the nation with 3,535 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 28.2 points per game, ranking them 73rd in the nation. As a unit, they are averaging 187.2 yards on the ground per game which is 3rd in Conference USA. The Golden Panthers have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 25.4 points per game putting them 5th in Conference USA. In discussing yards rushing, FIU is giving up 205 yards per contest putting them 12th in C-USA and 111th in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.4 yards per carry which has them at 13th in the conference and 120th in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 1,845 yards rushing through 9 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Golden Panthers have conceded 1,850 yards. Opponents are completing 55.3% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.3 yards per try.
In their last game, the Florida Atlantic Owls played the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and earned the victory by a score of 35-24. James Charles paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 25 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 65 yards on 10 carries which had him averaging 6.5 yards per run. Harrison Bryant was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 74 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 12.3 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Owls was Chris Robison who went 18/29 with 208 yards through the air and added 2 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Owls rushed the ball a total of 37 times and added 189 yards which earned them an average of 5.1 yards per run. Overall, the Owls had a total of 20 1st downs and they had 5 infractions for 55 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. For the game, they finished with a total of 68 plays which gave them a total of 448 yards. In terms of defense, Florida Atlantic gave up 32 catches on 47 tries totaling 380 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.1%. For the game, they allowed 444 yards and forced 4 turnovers. In the running game, the Owls gave up 64 yards on 26 carries which gave them an average of 2.5 yards per attempt allowed.
The Owls head into this game 6-3. Florida Atlantic hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 140.7 rushing yards per contest, which has them at 91st in the nation. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,266 rushing yards through 9 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Owls average 419.6 yards per game overall putting them 52nd in the nation and 5th in Conference USA. The Owls are allowing 26 points per game ranking them 6th in the conference and 57th in college football. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the nation. They are giving up 261.6 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Owls are currently ranked 14th in the conference. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 234 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are allowing 143 yards per contest which puts them at 53rd in college football and 6th in C-USA. This season, they have conceded a total of 1,287 rushing yards and 11.7 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Golden Panthers/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Golden Panthers +10
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