POSTPONED: FIU at Charlotte: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

POSTPONED: FIU at Charlotte: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers (0-2) vs FIU Panthers (0-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Jerry Richardson Stadium)

Betting Odds: Charlotte 49ers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida International Panthers will travel to Jerry Richardson Stadium to take on the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Florida International Panthers dropped to 0-2 (0-1 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 31-28, this past Saturday. Florida International led by a 28-24 margin heading into the 4th quarter, however, the offense couldn’t find the scoreboard in the 4th quarter and allowed Middle Tennessee to get the come from behind victory on a Jarrin Pierce 12-yard TD reception with just 1:20 left in the game. Florida International was outgained by Middle Tennessee by a 404-329 margin and gained just 15 first downs in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was RB Shaun Peterson Jr. who had 117 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 15 carries.

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On the season, Florida International is averaging 31.0 ppg on 316.5 total yards per game (97.0 passing yds/g; 219.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Florida International has been led by the backfield duo of D’vonte Price (26 att, 260 yards, 3 TD) and Shaun Peterson Jr (23 att, 151 yards, 2 TD). QB Stone Norton has completed 66.7% of his passes for 141 yards, 2 TD, and 0 INT. the top receiving threats for the Panthers have been Bryce Singleton (3 rec, 58 yards, TD), Sterling Palmer (5 rec, 44 yards), JJ Holloman (2 rec, 25 yards), and Nate Jefferson (3 rec, 24 yards).

Defensively, Florida International is allowing their opponents to average 33.5 ppg on 465.5 total yards per game (288.0 passing yds/g, 177.5 rushing yds/g).

The Charlotte 49ers picked up their first win of the season, improving to 1-2 (1-1 C-USA) on the season, after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 49-21, this past Saturday. Charlotte had no trouble generating offense against the Mean Green defense and easily cruised to victory after taking a 35-15 lead with 4:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Charlotte outgained North Texas by a 599-479 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the 49ers was RB Aaron McAllister who had 140 rushing yards and a TD on 12 carries.

On the season, Charlotte is averaging 28.7 ppg on 427.0 total yards per game (254.0 passing yds/g; 173.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Charlotte has been led the RB duo of Tre Harbison III (46 att, 187 yards, 3 TD) and Aaron McAllister (22 att, 171 yards, TD). QB Chris Reynolds has completed 59.5% of his passes for 744 yards, 3 TD, and 2 INT. The top targets for the 49ers and Reynolds have been Victor Tucker (13 rec, 177 yards), Micaleous Elder (11 rec, 135 yards), Cameron Dollar (7 rec, 121 yards, TD), Tyler Ringwood (6 rec, 103 yards), and Taylor Thompson (5 rec, 85 yards, TD).

Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to average 25.7 ppg on 435.3 total yards per game (228.0 passing yds/g; 207.3 rushing yds/g).

The Golden Panthers are 1-1 ATS on the season and 2-3 ATS in their last 5 road games. The 49ers are 3-0 ATS on the season and 3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Florida International is a team that likes the run the ball and despite having some success doing so this season, both the passing attack and their defense has not looked great. Charlotte’s is the more balanced offensive team which should have success at home and as I think their defense will be able to do a decent job agianst the Panthers, I am taking Charlotte to cover this home spread. Good Luck!

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