FIU vs Sam Houston Prediction - College Football Picks 10/18/23

Sam Houston State Bearkats (0-6) vs FIU Panthers (3-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Elliot T. Bowers Stadium)

Betting Odds: Sam Houston Bearkats -5 -- Over/Under: 39.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The FIU Panthers will play the Sam Houston Bearkats in a Conference-USA game on Wednesday night at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. FIU has lost three games in a row, while Sam Houston has not won a game this season.

FIU Preview

The FIU Panthers are 3-4 (0-4) this year after they lost to UTEP by a score of 27-14 last week. FIU allowed 21 points in the first quarter, but they did cut the lead to 24-14 in the third quarter in the loss. The Panthers were out gained by a total of 441-363 and turned the ball over twice in the game. FIU lost their first game of the season, but won the next three against Maine, North Texas, and UConn. The Panthers weren’t able to keep that momentum, as they have lost three games in a row. The FIU offense is scoring 19.7 points per game with 229.7 passing yards per game and 105.1 rushing yards per game, while going 25.9% on third downs this year. Keyone Jenkins has thrown for 1,474 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions for the Panthers this year. Shomari Lawrence has rushed for 388 yards and three scores, while Kris Mitchell has caught 35 passes for 636 yards and four touchdowns. The FIU defense is allowing 27 points against per game this season.

Sam Houston Preview

The Sam Houston Bearkats are 0-6 (0-3) this season after they lost to New Mexico State by a score of 27-13 in their last game. Sam Houston trailed 27-0 at halftime, but did outscore their opponent by a total of 13-0 in the second half. The Bearkats were out gained by a total of 458-367 and went 1-12 on third downs in the loss. Sam Houston has also lost to BYU, Air Force, Houston, Jacksonville State, and Liberty. The Sam Houston offense is averaging 11.2 points per game with 192.7 passing yards per game and 69.3 rushing yards per game. Keegan Shoemaker has thrown for 1,016 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions for the Bearkats this season. John Gentry (questionable) has rushed for 141 yards, while Noah Smith has caught 38 passes for 308 yards and three scores. The Sam Houston defense is giving up 24.7 points against per game this year.

Sam Houston State Bearkats Team Facts

  • Sam Houston State has lost each of its last nine games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Sam Houston State has failed to cover the spread in three of its last four games against non-AP-ranked teams.

Florida International Panthers Team Facts

  • Florida International has lost 14 of its last 15 road games against conference opponents.
  • Florida International has failed to cover the spread in each of its last three games.
  • Seven of Florida International's last nine games in October have gone UNDER the total points line.


Sam Houston comes into this game looking for their first win of the season, while FIU is looking for their first conference win. FIU had a ton of issues last week against UTEP and they are only averaging 12.3 points per game in their last three games. Sam Houston’s offense is also a sore spot, but they have played slightly better in their last three games. I watched just about all of FIU’s game last week and I was not impressed at all. I think this Sam Houston offense is going to find success through the air, just like UTEP did against FIU last week. Take Sam Houston here. 

David’s Pick Sam Houston -5

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