Free Week 9 Prediction: Blue Raiders vs. Golden Panthers Odds
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(5-2) MTSU Blue Raiders vs. FIU Golden Panthers (3-5)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Middle Tennessee -17.0
NCAA Betting Total: 63.5
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The Blue Raiders were tripped up two weeks ago in a double overtime loss to Western Kentucky but have been rolling the last several weeks – including a win this past week on the road against Missouri.
The potential for a letdown is there for Middle Tennessee but the offensive struggles of FIU could limit them from posing any potential upset threat.
MTSU Blue Raiders
An exciting upset win over Missouri last week has the Blue Raiders sitting comfortably at 5-2 and poised to rip through the rest of their conference schedule.
Brent Stockstill has led the way but has been complemented by I’Tavius Mathers in the backfield.
The duo makes the Blue Raider offense extremely dynamic and poses nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators.
Stockstill ranks 8th in the FBS in passing yards while Mathers ranks 5th in the FBS in rushing yards. No other FBS team has a quarterback and running back in the top 10 in both categories.
The Blue Raiders only prevailed 42-34 against the Golden Panthers last season at home and now are 17 point favorites on the road.
But, the play of both Stockstill and the running game is much improved from last season. Stockstill has a 22 to 5 touchdown to interception rate. The offense as a whole is averaging 550 yards of total offense.
It will be up to the defense to turn this into a blowout as they have struggled in recent weeks. But, they will get the good fortune of facing a FIU offense that is only averaging 21.6 points per game.
Look for Stockstill and Mathers to continue their dominance as one of the best QB-RB duos in the country.
FIU Golden Panthers
Inconsistent play from quarterback Alex McGough has contributed to FIU having the 113th ranked scoring offense in the FBS.
McGough has 11 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and FIU has one of the worst turnover differentials in all of the FBS.
The defense has trouble stopping anyone – particularly in the red zone where they are allowing scores on 93 percent of possessions which is the 11th worst clip in the FBS.
Poor quarterback play never makes the job of the defense any easier but McGough hasn’t shown much improvement recently.
FIU is also the 101st ranked rushing team in the FBS which will make it difficult for them to control the clock against Stockstill and Mathers.
It is difficult to imagine a scenario where FIU keeps this one as close as they did last year unless McGough plays a flawless game and the defense finds a way to force turnovers – which they have had a tough time with, only forcing 7 in 8 games this season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Middle Tennessee is 12-7-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
• Middle Tennessee is 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
• Middle Tennessee is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games as road favorite.
• FIU is 9-16 ATS in their last 25 games as a home underdog.
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You will see Stockstill and Mathers continue rolling as even if they start slow, they will have no problem running away with this one. FIU doesn’t have the offensive weapons or defensive prowess to keep up.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Middle Tennessee -17.0
A poor red zone defense and a bad turnover differential is not a good recipe to try to upset a high powered offense. Don’t expect this one to be close.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Middle Tennessee 47 – FIU 17
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