Middle Tennessee at FIU: 10/10/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-4) at FIU Panthers (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Riccardo Silva Stadium)
The Line: FIU Panthers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to Riccardo Silva Stadium to take on the Florida International Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders dropped to 0-4 (0-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 20-17, this past Saturday. Middle Tennessee struggled offensively in the 2nd half against Western Kentucky and could not fight back after the Hilltoppers took a 20-10 lead with just 6:04 left in regulation on an 11-yard TD reception by Tyrrell Pigrome. Middle Tennessee was outgained by Western Kentucky by a 326-319 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was QB Asher O’Hara who completed 23 of 33 passes for 217 yards and a TD while also adding 98 yards and a TD on 25 carries.
On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 16.5 ppg on 326.8 total yards per game (213.0 passing yds/g; 113.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by QB Asher O’Hara who has completed 67.5% of his passes for 744 yards, 4 TD, & 5 INT. O’Hara is also the leading rusher for the Blue Raiders as he has racked up 222 yards and 2 TD’s on 70 carries. In the backfield with O’Hara has been Jayy McDonald (15 att, 94 yards) & Chaton Mobley (25 att, 92 yards, 2 TD). The top receivers for the Blue Raiders have been Jarrin Pierce (31 rec, 286 yards), Yusuf Ali (12 rec, 148 yards, TD), and DJ England-Chisolm (7 rec, 98 yards, TD).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 36.5 ppg on 395.3 total yards per game (193.8 passing yds/g; 201.5 rushing yds/g).
The Florida International Panthers opened up their 2020 season with a 36-34 loss to the Liberty Flames this past Saturday. Florida International, who had their first two games postponed due to COVID-19, struggled on both sides of the ball agianst Liberty and could not fight back after Liberty took a 36-28 lead with 6:32 left in the 4th quarter. Florida International was outgained by Liberty by a 527-304 margin and allowed the Flames to gain 31 first downs in the loss.
Offensively, Florida International was led by RB D’Vonte Price who had 148 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on just 13 carries. In the Panthers backfield with Price was Kaylan Wiggins (3 att, 35 yards) & Shaun Peterson Jr. (8 car, 34 yards). QB Stone Norton completed 9 of 13 passes for 120 yard and 2 TD’s. The top receiving threats for Norton and Florida International were Bryce Singleton (2 rec, 50 yards, TD), Sterling Palmer (3 rec, 28 yards), and JJ Holloman (2 rec, 25 yards).
Defensively, Florida International struggled against the Liberty passing attack as they allowed the Flames to throw for 308 yards and 2 TD’s. Leading the way for the Panthers defense was Dorian Hall (9 tackles) & Tyson Maeva (8 tackles).
The Blue Raiders are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games, however, 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Florida International. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. C-USA opponents and just 1-4 SU in their last 4 games.
Middle Tennessee has had a tough start to their season, however, the Blue Raiders have at least looked more competitive over the last two weeks in close losses to UTSA and Western Kentucky. It was a tough start to the season for Florida International, losing to an FCS team, and although you would expect the Panthers to be a bit rusty, it has had to excuse giving up over 500 yards of offense. I think Florida International will be a better team at season’s end, however, as the offense still has question marks without James Morgan behind center and that the defense looked terrible in their season opener, I think Asher O’Hara and Middle Tennessee will do enough to at worst, cover with the points. Good Luck!