Jacksonville State at FIU: 10/23/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Jacksonville State at FIU: 10/23/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

FIU Panthers (0-2) vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks (2-1)

Game Info: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Riccardo Silva Stadium)

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will travel to Riccardo Silva Stadium to take on the Florida International Panthers this Friday night in College Football action.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the North Alabama Jaguars, 24-17, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State was able to take a 21-17 late in the 3rd quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Zerrick Cooper and was able to secure the victory behind a strong defensive effort that held the Jaguars off the scoreboard in the 4th quarter. Jacksonville State outgained North Alabama by a 389-276 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was QB Zerrick Cooper who completed 15 of 25 passes for 244 yards & 1 TD while also adding 46 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 9 carries.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 27.3 ppg on 331.0 total yards per game (209.0 passing yds/g; 122.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by QB Zerrick Cooper who has completed 67.1% of his passes for 615 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Cooper is also the leading rusher for the Gamecocks as he has 124 rushing yards & 5 TD’s on 30 carries. In the Jacksonville State backfield with Cooper has been Pat Jackson (20 att, 94 yards, 1 TD), Josh Samuel (17 att, 88 yards, TD), and Uriah West (25 att, 86 yards). The top receiving threats for the Gamecocks have been Trae Barry (13 rec, 240 yards), Dave Russell (11 rec, 121 yards), and Logan McVay (6 rec, 109 yards).

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Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing their opponents to average 28.7 ppg on 364.7 total yards per game (205.0 passing yds/g; 159.7 rushing yds/g).

The Florida International Panthers (0-2; 0-1 C-USA) had their game cancelled last week due to COVID-19. Florida International has had three games postponed/cancelled this season due to COVID-19 and hasn’t looked great in their limited time on the field this season which included their most recent game, a 31-28 loss to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on October 10th. Florida International allowed Middle Tennessee to pick up their first win of the season after a 12-yard TD reception by Jarrin Pierce gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good with just 1:20 left in the 4th quarter. Florida International was outgained by Middle Tennessee by a 404-328 margin and converted 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.

On the season, Florida International is averaging 31.0 ppg on 316.0 total yards per game (97.0 passing yds/g; 219.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Panthers have been led by the RB duo of D’vonte Price (26 att, 260 yards, 3 TD) and Shaun Peterson Jr. (23 att, 151 yards, 2 TD). Florida International has used both Stone Norton (66.7 Comp %, 141 yards, 2 TD) and Kaylan Wiggins (31.6 Comp %, 42 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) at the quarterback position. 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).

Jacksonville State covered in their only game that was lined this season as they got 27.5 points in their 41-24 loss at Florida State. The Panthers are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-3 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Jacksonville State is a decent FCS team and showed that in their competitive game against Florida State in which the Gamecocks held 24-21 lead midway through the 3rd quarter before Florida State was able to pull away. Florida International has had hard time getting on the field this season and when the Panthers have, they have not been impressive, especially after losing to the winless Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders who have looked awful this season. FIU is favored in this one and I think they will get the win, however, I think the play here is to take the double-digit points as I think Zerrick Coopers and the Gamecocks keep this one close. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Jacksonville State Gamecocks +10

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