FIU vs. Indiana, 9-16-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Joseph Phelan
Florida International Golden Panthers (1-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-1)
When and Where: Saturday, September 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN
Line: Indiana -25
The Golden Panthers split their first two games of the season, beating Alcorn State for Butch Davis’s first win, while losing to UCF. Indiana played well against Ohio State, but ultimately dropped its opening game. The Hoosiers bounced back nicely against Virginia, winning 34-17.
Despite playing an average Big 10 team, the Golden Panthers are big time underdogs against Indiana. Florida International did winning its recent game, 17-10, to Alcorn State. The Golden Panthers’ Alex McGough threw for 328 yards in the win. The Golden Panthers did a terrific job passing the ball against Alcorn State, but they struggled big time running the ball. It’s hard to see Florida International having success running against Indiana, but the passing game could be a solid contribution to pulling off an upset.
The Florida International defense allowed 61 points to UCF in its opening game. The Golden Knights did whatever they pleased. Florida International, however, stepped up big time against Alcorn State. Florida International allowed only 78 yards on 25 carries to Alcorn State. Indiana, however, will be another test.
Indiana’s running game has been shaky through two games, averaging only two yards per carry. The Hoosiers are led by Simmie Cobbs Jr. at the wide out position. Cobbs has grabbed 16 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who is throwing the ball for Indiana, because Cobbs is a stud. The Hoosiers use two quarterbacks. Peyton Ramsay has been a bit more productive than Richard Lagow, but Ramsay has a much smaller sample size. Indiana will continue to use both guys, which shouldn’t be a problem against this Florida International defense.
Indiana’s defense should be able to dominate the Golden Panthers offense. Florida International barely did anything against UCF, and even though its passing game was solid against Alcorn State, beating Alcorn State isn’t anything to ride home about. Indiana’s defense did a fine job against Virginia, allowing 55 yards on only 25 carries.
- Golden Panthers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Golden Panthers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Golden Panthers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Hoosiers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. CUSA.
- Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
Florida International doesn’t have much of a chance to beat Indiana, especially with how effective Ramsay was for Indiana against Virginia. The Golden Panthers could struggle to stop Indiana’s passing attack, while the stingy Indiana defense should stifle the Florida International rushing game.
Pick: Indiana -25
Joe graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. He works as a news reporter for a paper in Saratoga Springs, NY. He's been watching sports since he could walk, his favorites being basketball and football.
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