Old Dominion vs FIU NCAA Football Picks Against the Spread 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Riccardo Silva Stadium
Stone Smartt and the Old Dominion Monarchs are headed to Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the FIU Golden Panthers. The odds on this contest have FIU as 15.5-point favorites. The Monarchs are 3-5-0 ATS and 2-6-0 when betting on the total. The Golden Panthers are 4-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-6-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Old Dominion Monarchs went up against the Florida Atlantic Owls and lost 41-3. Kesean Strong paced the team in rushing during the game. He had a long run of 17 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 60 yards via 13 carries which meant he was running for 4.6 yards per carry. Eric Kumah was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 99 yards on 10 catches. He had an average of 9.9 yards per catch during the game. Running the show from under center for the Monarchs was Messiah deWeaver who went 15/29 with 134 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He gave away 1 pick during the game. The Monarchs rushed the ball a total of 40 times and added 70 yards which gave them an average of 1.8 yards per run. In the game, they ran 69 plays which added up to 204 yards. For the contest, the Monarchs had a total of 14 1st downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 66 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. On the defensive side of the ball, Old Dominion allowed 25 completions on 35 throws totaling 271 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.4%. Overall, they gave up a total of 430 yards and forced 2 turnovers. In the running game, the Monarchs allowed 159 yards on 31 carries which is an average of 5.1 yards per carry allowed.
The Monarchs come into this matchup with a record of 1-7 in 2019. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation averaging 14.5 points per contest, which has them at 129th in Division 1. As a unit, they have an average of 94 rushing yards per contest which is 14th in the conference. For total yards, they currently sit at 14th in C-USA and 130th in Division 1 with 1,914 yards. The Monarchs have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 29.3 points per contest which has them at 9th in Conference USA. When it comes to passing yards, the Monarchs have allowed 1,162 yards. Opponents are completing 61.2% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.8 yards per try. When talking about yards on the ground, Old Dominion is giving up 134.3 yards per game ranking them 4th in the conference and 39th in D-1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.7 yards per carry which has them at 5th in the conference and 37th in the nation overall. In total, they have conceded 1,074 rushing yards through 8 contests.
In their last outing, the FIU Golden Panthers went up against the MTSU Blue Raiders and took the loss by a score of 50-17. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Golden Panthers was James Morgan who went 16/32 with 208 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Anthony Jones paced the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 22 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 87 yards via 21 carries which meant he averaged 4.1 yards per tote. Maurice Alexander was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 87 yards on 5 receptions. He averaged 17.4 yards per catch during the game. The Golden Panthers ran the ball a total of 33 times and earned a total of 90 yards earning them an average of 2.7 yards per rush. For the contest, the Golden Panthers got 16 1st downs and they totaled 7 infractions for 50 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. Overall, they ran 66 plays for a total of 320 yards. When discussing the defense, FIU gave up 6 completions on 12 tries for a total of 25 yards, and a completion percentage of 50.0%. In the running game, the Golden Panthers gave up 483 yards on 55 carries which is an average of 8.8 yards per attempt allowed. In the game, they allowed 508 yards but didn't add to their total of forced turnovers.
The Golden Panthers head into this matchup 4-4. FIU has made teams respect their running game by averaging 194.4 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 40th in Division 1. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,555 rushing yards through 8 games, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Golden Panthers average 394.1 yards per contest overall ranking them 79th in D-1 and 9th in the conference. The Golden Panthers are allowing 26.5 points per contest which puts them at 6th in C-USA and 59th in Division 1. Their pass defense is one of the elite units in D-1. They are allowing 164.5 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Golden Panthers are currently ranked 2nd in Conference USA. When talking about points given up, they have given up 212 points in total. When it comes to rushing yards, they are allowing 221.5 yards per game which puts them at 122nd in college football and 14th in C-USA. For this year, they have allowed a total of 1,772 yards on the ground and 16.8 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Monarchs/Golden Panthers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Golden Panthers -15.5
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