The Fiu Golden Panthers (+27) are set to take on the No. 21 Miami (Fl) Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium. ESPN2 is scheduled to broadcast the action and the opening kickoff is pegged for 3:30 p.m. ET.
Betting Preview: FIU Golden Panthers vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
FIU is a heavy road dog here and is currently receiving 27 points by bookmakers. This tilt is projected as a toss-up, and Oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 60 points.
The game’s total has shifted lower after originally being set at 61. The opening line has stayed consistent.
The Golden Panthers have gained 1.0 unit so far and are 3-0 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an O/U record of 2-1.
The Hurricanes are down 0.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 2-1 ATS and own an O/U record of 3-0.
The Golden Panthers have gone 2-1 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Hurricanes are also 2-1 SU.
Each team comes into the matchup on a two-game unbeaten streak. The Golden Panthers are trying to keep things going after a solid 63-24 win over Massachusetts last weekTheir defense allowed the Minutemen to rush for 199 yards on 34 attempts, including two rush TDs. Marquis Young had a good day for the Minutemen in that one with 83 rushing yards on 13 attempts, along with 47 yards on two catches. On the offensive side of the ball, James Morgan completed 16-of-23 passes for 207 yards, two scores and one interception. Napoleon Maxwell (101 yards on 17 rush attempts, two TDs) and Shawndarrius Phillips (117 yards on 16 carries, two TDs) led the ground attack while Phillips (three receptions, 56 yards) and Austin Maloney (three catches, 27 yards) handled the receiving duties in the win.
Miami (FL) is coming off of a 49-24 win over Toledo. The team’s defensive unit allowed the Rockets to rush for 112 yards on 36 attempts, along with one rushing TD. Diontae Johnson was a bright spot in the defeat for Toledo, recording 119 yards and two touchdowns on six catches. For Miami (FL), Malik Rosier completed 13-of-23 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. DeeJay Dallas (110 yards on 17 rush attempts, one TD) and Travis Homer (62 yards on 16 carries) handled the running game as Jeff Thomas (five receptions, 105 yards, one TD) and Lawrence Cager (three catches, 67 yards, one TD) led the receiving attack in the win.
FIU has run the ball on 63.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Miami (FL) has an overall rush percentage of 58.2 percent. The Golden Panthers have produced 229.3 rush yards per game and have nine touchdowns on the ground this year. The Hurricanes are averaging 196.7 rush yards per game and have 11 total rushing TDs.
The Golden Panthers offensive scheme has tallied 221.3 yards/contest through the air overall and has six passing scores so far. The Hurricanes have put up 239.7 pass yards per game and have eight total pass TDs.
On the defensive side of the ball, FIU has allowed 168.3 rush yards and 259.7 pass yards per game. The Miami (FL) defense has given up 136.7 yards per game to opposing passers and 99.3 yards per game to opposing runners. The Hurricanes are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 3.97 to opponents, while the Golden Panthers have allowed a 6.63 ANY/A.
Offensively, Morgan is up to 297 passing yards on the year. The signal-caller has completed 27-of-43 attempts with three passing scores and two interceptions. He’s got a 5.89 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 8.75 over the last two games.
Malik Rosier has completed 28-of-58 passes for 464 yards, three TDs and two INTs for Miami (FL). His ANY/A sits at 6.42 for the season and 11.89 over his past two games.
FIU Golden Panthers at Miami (FL) Hurricanes NCAA Tip
SU Winner: Miami (FL), ATS Winner: FIU, O/U: Over