Free Week 1 Prediction: Golden Panthers vs Green Wave Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) FIU Golden Panthers vs. Tulane Green Wave (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th 2019
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
NCAA Football Spread: Tulane -2
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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Finally College Football is back and we have a big slate on Thursday to look forward to including this Golden Panthers and Green Wave game.
These two teams last played in 2017 in Miami where FIU crushed Tulane 23-10.
Florida International Golden Panthers
The Golden Panthers are coming off an excellent season in 2018 which saw them put up 9 wins and have the number 1 offense in C-USA. Those 9 wins were a record for the program and they managed to parlay that momentum from the regular season into a bowl win against Toledo in the Bahamas Bowl.
There is some hope here, also, that Butch Davis’ side can eclipse those 9 wins as they return 17 of their starters.
FIU did have an awesome offense last year led by an excellent QB (James Morgan) and a trio of outstanding running backs in Anthony Jones, D’Vonte Price and Napoleon Maxwell.
James Morgan was specifically awesome for the Golden Panthers with 2727 yards, 26-7 TD-INT and a 65.3% completion percentage in his first season for FIU since transferring from Bowling Green.
He also has a myriad of weapons to throw too including his down-field threat Austin Maloney whose great speed allowed him to average 20.3 yards per catch.
The Golden Panthers have an excellent linebacker in Sage Lewis, but this squad seriously struggled against the run last year giving up 192.2 yards per game and ranking 12th in C-USA.
On the other hand, the secondary lead by Isaiah Brown only allowed 194.1 yards per game, good for 4th in C-USA.
The FIU Golden Panthers will be looking to improve on last year’s defense because if they can get both units going at the same time they could do big things.
Tulane Green Wave
The Tulane Green Wave are coming off only their second Bowl appearance in 16 years and coach Willie Fritz will look to build on the teams 7 wins from last year.
It won’t start easy, however, as they take on a very talented FIU side at home at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tulane’s current starter took over about half way through last season and threw for 1304 yards and had 10 TD’s through the air along with 5 rushing TD’s.
He now gets to take the reins for Tulane right from the get-go this year and should be able to put together a nice season for the Green Wave.
In addition to the passing game, Tulane has a nice running game with their dynamic duo of Darius Bradwell and Corey Dauphine who combined for over 1900 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Tulane has a nice offense, but this team will live or die with their defense nd specifically their front 7. They get Patrick Johnson back who will be looking to improve upon his outstanding 10.5 sacks last year.
The defense overall allowed 27.54 ppg and 358 yards per game and will need to improve on those statistics if they want to get to another bowl game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Golden Panthers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• Golden Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
• Golden Panthers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games on fieldturf.
• Under is 4-0-1 in Green Wave last 5 vs. CUSA.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This FIU team is flat out better than Tulane in my opinion and believe they can sneak a close one on the road to start the year off with a bang.
Tulane has the better running game, but I have a lot of confidence in this Justin McMillan guy as I believe he will have an even better year than last year because he now has a full offseason with the team.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FIU +2
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Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Golden Panthers 31 – Green Wave 24
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