FIU vs. Massachusetts - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

FIU vs. Massachusetts - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Massachusetts Minutemen (1-4) at FIU Golden Panthers (1-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm (FIU Stadium)

The Line: FIU Golden Panthers -26.5 -- Over/Under: 67 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UMass Minutemen and Florida International Panthers meet Saturday in college football action at FIU Stadium.

The UMass Minutemen need a victory here to rebound from a rough 1-4 start to the season. The UMass Minutemen have lost seven of they last eight road games. Randall West is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 351 yards, three touchdown and two interceptions. West and Andrew Brito have combined for five touchdown passes and six interceptions. Zak Simon and Samuel Emilus have combined for 350 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Brennon Dingle has nine receptions. The UMass Minutemen ground game is averaging 154 yards per contest, and Bilal Ally leads the way with 353 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UMass is allowing 47.2 points and 530.2 yards per game. Cole McCubrey leads the UMass Minutemen with 39 tackles, Dennis Osagiede has one sack and Isaiah Rodgers has three interceptions.

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The Florida International Panthers also need a victory after a disappointing 1-3 start to the college football season. The Florida International Panthers have won five of their last eight home games. James Morgan is completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 627 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Morgan has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Austin Maloney and Shemar Thornton have combined for 363 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tony Gaiter IV has 12 receptions. The Florida International Panthers ground game is averaging 163 yards per contest, and Kaylan Wiggins leads the way with 215 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, FIU is allowing 30.5 points and 454.8 yards per game. Jamal Gates leads the Florida International Panthers with 31 tackles, Kevin Oliver has one sack and Rishard Dames has one interception.

The Minutemen are 8-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 8-2 in Golden Panthers last 10 games overall. The over is 23-9 in Minutemen last 32 games overall.

The UMass Minutemen have failed to cover seven of their last eight games as a double-digit underdog. The Florida International Panthers have failed to cover six of their last seven games as a double-digit favorite. The UMass Minutemen simply aren't a good football team either SU and ATS, and they get smacked around more often than not. However, the Florida International Panthers have underachieved all season long long and aren't a team you can trust with this much chalk. FIU is not the team we thought we were going to get this season. I wouldn't touch this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd lean toward the points in this blah matchup. 

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