FIU Panthers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Prediction, 9/24/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: FIU Panthers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Hilltoppers (-27)
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-1) are welcoming the FIU Panthers (1-1) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on Saturday. FIU is 27-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 66.
The FIU Panthers head into this game 1-1 this season. In their last matchup, the Panthers played the Texas State Bobcats and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 41-12. Grayson James finished 30/47 with 196 yds through the air. He had a QB rate of 90.3 and finished the game with 2 picks. Grayson James was the leader on the ground for the Panthers with 8 attempts for 18 yards (2.3 yds per carry). On the day, they tallied 78 plays which gave them a total of 313 yds. The FIU Panthers ended up running the ball 22 times and had 62 yards, which came out to an average of 2.8 yards per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Panthers gave up 226 yds on 43 attempts, which averages out to 5.3 yards per rush allowed. FIU surrendered 15 completions on 30 tries for a total of 226 yds, and a completion percentage of 50.0%.
When it comes to scoring points, the FIU Panthers hold an average of 25.0 points per contest. As a unit they hold an average of 64.5 yards via the ground game ranking them 125th in the country. The Panthers have earned 690 total yards for this campaign. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, FIU has compiled 5 passing touchdowns and 1 touchdown on the ground. FIU has compiled 45 first downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 15 penalties for 130 yards. They have turned the ball over 3 times.
The Panthers rank 123rd in Division 1 in terms of the opposition scoring, allowing 39.0 PPG. They are giving up 4.3 yards per rush and 173.5 yards on the ground per game for the year. In total, they have given up 347 running yards through 2 games. In terms of passing yards, the Panthers are giving up 575 yards which puts them in 39th in Division 1. They have conceded 287.5 yards per game via the pass and conceding a completion percentage of 62.0%. Over the course of this season, they are surrendering 461.0 yards per contest which has them sitting 121st in the country. They have surrendered 5 touchdowns by air in addition to 4 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Hilltoppers come into this game with a record of 2-1 for this season. For their last game, the Hilltoppers went home defeated by a final of 33-30 against the Indiana Hoosiers. Austin Reed (2 TDs) ended the game with 329 yards on 33/43 through the air while his quarterback rating was 151.7. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.7. Kye Robichaux carried the football 14 times for 135 yards, ending the contest with 9.6 yards per attempt for Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers finished with 545 yds while running 81 plays (6.7 yards per play). Western Kentucky ran the ball for 6.0 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 216 yards on 36 attempts. Western Kentucky conceded 35 running attempts for 120 yards (3.4 yds per carry). The Hilltoppers secondary gave up a completion percentage of 60.0%, surrendering 364 yards on 33 for 55 through the air.
Regarding their ability to score points, the Hilltoppers are sitting 34th in college football by scoring 39.0 points per outing. During the season thus far, the Hilltoppers have racked up 880 passing yards as well as an average of 293.3 passing yards per game, ranking them 29th in Division 1. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hold an average of 448.3 yards per contest, which ranks them 51st in college football. The Western Kentucky offense has totaled 236 penalty yds on 22 infractions, which ranks 42nd in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
Western Kentucky has allowed the opposition a total of 371 rushing yards (123.7 yards/game) and 4 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have allowed 4 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 264.0 yards per outing, ranking them 102nd in college football. The Hilltoppers defense has taken the field for 239 plays, which has them ranked 114th in the country. The Hilltoppers are relinquishing 25.7 points per game, which has them ranked 70th in Division 1. This season, they have surrendered 77 points.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Hilltoppers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers -27
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