Free Week 2 Prediction: Hilltoppers vs Panthers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Florida International Panthers (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Florida International Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Florida International -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a brutal home loss against the Central Arkansas Bears, where they dominated most of the game, but lost the game due to turnovers and a big 80 yard passing play which burned their secondary.
FIU had plenty of hype before the season, but after their blowout loss to Tulane much of that preseason hope has turned upside down. They were only 2.5 point dogs on the road, but ended up losing by 28 points to a Tulane side who was much better on the day.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers were the much better team last time out and had a 28-14 lead going into the 4th quarter.
They then had a monumental meltdown at home and were outscored 21-0 in the 4th in front of their home fans. Western Kentucky had no problem moving the ball in that game getting 488 yards, but only managed to put up 28 points.
The passing game was effective with junior QB Steven Duncan going for over 300 yards and a touchdown, but the two picks he threw ended up being decisive. He will need to clean up those mistakes to stick with FIU now that he is going to be in enemy territory.
The running game was also very effective with junior running-back Gaej Walker who rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 19 attempts. It will be important for the Hilltoppers defense to get some stops early so they are not forced to throw the ball as this offense seems to be better when it leans on the run.
The defense for this squad was a tale of two units in that last game. The secondary allowed over 400 yards through the air, but the front 7 only allowed an astounding 20 yards rushing.
Although those numbers are a bit skewed by an 80 yard bomb, they will need to find a way to disrupt the FIU passing attack.
Florida International Panthers
The Panthers, on the other hand, are coming off a loss where they were by far the second best team and the final scoreline certainly showed that. It is tough for FIU to come out of that game with any positives as there were no real stand out performers in a game many thought they could win outright.
Their starting QB only had around 200 yards while the team’s leading rusher wasn’t even able to crack 50 yards.
FIU bettors who are laying the 7.5 here are counting on that last game being a pure anomaly.
On the defensive side of the ball the FIU Panthers were an absolute mess allowing over 500 yards. That 500 yard day also included 350 yards on the ground which FIU obviously had no answers for.
From that perspective, it doesn’t get that much easier here as WKU has a stud RB on the other side of the ball.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky’s last 5 games when playing Florida International
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida International’s last 7 games
- Florida International is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
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I think the FIU offense will get back on track here and can have some success against this WKU defense. I also see the Hilltoppers having another fine day offensively and like this game to go over the number as it is a bit too low for me.
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Bet the over here on Saturday and cash in on this entertaining game for the neutral.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 31 – FIU Panthers 28
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