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Rice Owls at Florida International Golden Panthers
NCAAF: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM EST
After beating college football powerhouse Prairie View A&M in their season opener Rice has lost their last six games. They are winless in Conference USA play and they have major issues on both sides of the ball. The Owls have scored a grand total of three points in their last two games and in their last six games they have given up fewer than 40 points only once.
Florida International is sitting at 4-2 and they have won two in a row. They are in first place in the Conference USA East division and their only losses this season have come against Indiana from the Big 10 and Miami from the ACC, who were in the top 25 at the time the Golden Panthers lost to them. FIU has a balanced team on both sides of the ball, but their run defense is a major concern, but they will only be facing a Rice run game that ranks 84th in the nation in rushing yards. per game. They are riding high after a solid win over Middle Tennessee State in their last game and they cannot afford a slip-up in this conference game.
The big goose egg
Rice was embarrassed in their last game, as they were at home and laid a big goose egg facing facing UAB losing 42-0. The Owls only had 186 total yards, 50 rushing yards, and they only converted one of their 17 3rd downs. The Owls were down 28-0 in a game where they had very few highlights for their home faithful. Shawn Stankavage and Evan Marshman shared time under center and neither was impressive at all. Stankavage is the starter and was injured and he is a question mark for this game. Twin brothers Austin Walter and Aston Walter were the leading rushers for Rice in the game and they only combined for 41 rushing yards. Austin leads the team in rushing on the season, but in the bad loss to UAB he only averaged a paltry 1.6 yards per carry. Look for the Owls to try to run the ball in this game facing a FIU defense, whose weakness is against the run only ranking 96th in the nation in run D.
Finishing it off well
Florida International is coming off a 24-21 home win over Middle Tennessee in their last game where they had a strong finish outing scoring the Blue Raiders 11-0 in the 4th quarter. While the Golden Panthers gave up 187 rushing yards they forced the game’s only turnover and they used the aerial attack to pick up the win. James Morgan provided most of the offense passing for 311 yards with two TD and no INT and C.J. Worton and Bryce Singleton combined for 194 receiving yards. FIU only rushed for 70 yards in the game and Napoleon Maxwell led the team with 45 rushing yards and only averaged 3.5 yards per carry.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) October 17, 2018
This game is a good matchup for FIU, as they have a legit passing attack and will be facing a Rice pass D that only ranks 107th in the nation.
The FIU Golden Panthers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games
The Rice Owls are:
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
FIU has covered the spread in five of their last six games and host Rice, who have failed to cover in their last four games and were shut out in their last game. The Golden Panthers will maul the Owls in this game racking up a ton of yards and lighting up the scoreboard. Take FIU to win and cover in this game facing a reeling Rice team that has scored three points in their last two games.
Prediction: PICK: Florida International
Full-Game Total Pick
FIU will light Rice and their bad defense and the Over is the way to go in this Conference USA matchup.
Prediction: PICK: Over