FIU at WKU - 9/24/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Florida International Panthers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Saturday in week 4 college football action at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The Florida International Panthers look to get a game above a .500 record. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to build on their 2-1 record.

The Florida International Panthers haven’t won a road game since November 2018. Grayson James is completing 59 percent of his passes for 403 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tyrese Chambers and Kris Mitchell have combined for 244 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Josiah Miamen has 7 receptions. The Florida International Panthers ground game is averaging 64.5 yards per contest, and EJ Wilson Jr. leads the way with 61 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, FIU is allowing 39 points and 361 yards per game. Donovan Manuel leads the Florida International Panthers with 20 tackles, Gaethan Bernadel has 1.5 sacks and CJ Christian has 1 interception.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won their last 4 home games. Austin Reed is completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 880 yards, 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Daewood Davis and Malachi Corley have combined for 429 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jaylen Hall has 9 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 155 yards per contest, and Kyle Robichaux leads the way with 202 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 25.7 points and 390.7 yards per game. JaQues Evans leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 22 tackles, Kahlef Hailassie has 3 sacks and Upton Stout has 2 interceptions.

The Panthers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 16-6 in Panthers last 22 games overall. The over is 14-6 in Hilltoppers last 20 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Western Kentucky and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Florida International Panthers have not looked good to say the least through 2 games, and oddsmakers are telling you what they think of them with this line. However, FIU has had an extra week to prepare for this spot, and let's not act like WKU has been lighting it up. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers still have issues running the ball and their defense has been spotty at best, particularly a secondary that ranks 101st against the pass. With the rest advantage, FIU should be able to have some success here. I'll cover my eyes and grab the points.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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