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College Football Betting Preview: FIU Panthers vs. Sam Houston Bearkats
October 18, 2023
The Florida International Panthers will travel to Huntsville, Texas to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium in a Conference USA matchup that will air on the CBS Sports Network at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday evening in week 8 of the college football season.
Florida International enters this game with a record of 3-4 following a 14-27 loss at home against the UTEP Miners while failing to cover the 3.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 7 of the college football season. The Panthers scored 14 points while compiling a total of 363 yards offensively which included 272 passing yards and 91 rushing yards while allowing 27 points and 441 total yards defensively which included 302 passing yards and 139 rushing yards. Keyone Jenkins led the team in passing, completing 12 of 24 attempts for 216 yards and an interception while rushing for a touchdown. Kejon Owens led the team in rushing with ten carries for 82 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for ten yards. Kris Mitchell led the team in receiving, catching four of eight targets for 84 yards.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats enter this game with a record of 0-6 following a 13-27 loss on the road against the New Mexico State Aggies while failing to cover the 3.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 7 of the college football season. The Bearkats scored 13 points while compiling a total of 367 yards offensively which included 285 passing yards and 82 rushing yards while allowing 27 points and 458 total yards defensively which included 286 passing yards and 172 rushing yards. Keegan Shoemaker led the team in passing, completing 32 of 48 attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns while also leading the team in rushing with 42 yards on seven attempts. Malik Phillips led the team in receiving, catching 10 of 13 targets for 118 yards.
BookMaker has the Sam Houston State Bearkats listed as 5-point favorites at home against the Florida International Panthers on Wednesday evening in week 8 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. Florida International is 3-4 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS on the road, 3-2 ATS as an underdog, and 1-3 ATS in conference games this season while the Sam Houston State Bearkats are 3-2-1 ATS overall, 0-0-1 ATS at home, and 1-1-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Florida International has lost three games in a row after starting the season off 3-1, however, Sam Houston State has not won a game this season and has lost by at least six points in each of those losses and has lost by double-digits in four of those six games. I look for the Panthers to end their three-game losing streak with a win when they travel to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats which is why I am taking the Florida International Panthers with the points on Wednesday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Florida International Panthers +5
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