Free Week 1 Prediction: Hoosiers vs Panthers Odds
Looking for Indiana Hoosiers vs. FIU Panthers free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Hoosiers taking on the Panthers Thursday September 1st at FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(0-0) Indiana Hoosiers vs. FIU Panthers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Indiana -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 61
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The Big 10 an C-USA clash on Thursday night as the Indiana Hoosiers and FIU Panthers get set for battle.
Indiana will look to build off a bowl appearance last season, while the Panthers attempt to take a step forward after a struggle last season.
The Hoosiers have a season to build off of last year as they found themselves in a bowl game.
Despite the loss to Duke there, getting back to another bowl game is a very realistic option for this Indiana team, but they’ll have a few things to replace.
Indiana lost QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Jordan Howard, and T Jason Spriggs, all who played a giant role in this team’s success last year.
The good news for Indiana is at least their run game isn’t going to have to be repaired. Despite losing Howard, Devine Redding returns and will get a majority of the reps this season.
Redding did earn plenty reps last year, en route to 1012 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Indiana will lean on Redding a lot here against the Panthers, as the QB situation likely will see both Danny Cameron and Richard Lagow get snaps.
Indiana is much stronger and a lot more physical than the Panthers, but with this being so early in the year, the Hoosiers must control the tempo from the start. The longer the Panthers hang around, especially at home, the more dangerous it becomes.
The Panthers had just 4 wins last season, but that was actually an improvement for them.
Ron Turner is now in his 3rd year as head coach of the Panthers and has a combined record of just 5-19 over a 2 year span.
14 starters are back for the Panthers and starting the season off at home with a win over a Big 10 opponent could be just what this team needs to turn the program around.
Alex McGough won the starting QB job last season and while the Panthers didn’t blow anyone away in terms of their offensive production, McGough still maintained a pretty balanced and successful season.
With the experience now under his belt, there is a lot of expectations and hope for McGough in his 2nd season.
While the Panthers don’t have any downfield, explosive players, look for McGough to find TE Jonnu Smith here against the Hoosiers.
Smith has been the most dominant option for the Panthers over the past two seasons and is always a reliable target in goal to go situations and short yardage situations.
The Panthers know how explosive the Hoosiers offense can be.
They like to work quick and can turn it up field and go. With that in mind, expect FIU to really try to control the clock and try to keep that Indiana offense off the field as much as possible.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Hoosiers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. CUSA.
- Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- Golden Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
- Golden Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
This is a dangerous game for the Hoosiers.
With it so early in the season, the Panthers will have plenty of confidence opening the season at home.
If they can hang around, they’ll have a chance to steal this one.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FIU +9.5
Look for the Panthers to control the pace here with their run game and attempt to keep this lower scoring.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Indiana 27- FIU 24
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