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College Football Betting Preview: FIU Panthers vs. UTEP Miners
October 11, 2023
The UTEP Miners will travel to Miami, Florida to take on the Florida International Panthers in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM from Riccardo Silva Stadium in a battle of two Conference USA teams.
The UTEP Miners enter this game with a record of 1-5 and have lost their previous four matchups in a row following a 10-24 loss at home against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs while failing to cover the 2-point spread as a home underdog in week 6 of the college football season. UTEP scored 10 points while compiling a total of 321 yards offensively which included 101 passing yards and 220 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 294 total yards defensively which included 152 passing yards and 142 rushing yards. Cade McConnell led the team in passing, completing 4 of 11 attempts for 48 yards while rushing for 10 yards. Deion Hankins led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 83 yards while adding a reception for 12 yards. Jeremiah Ballard led the team in receiving, catching three of eight targets for 39 yards.
Florida International enters this game with a record of 3-3 and is on a two-game losing streak following a 17-34 loss on the road against the New Mexico State Aggies while failing to cover the 6.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 6 of the college football season. The Panthers scored 17 points while compiling a total of 405 yards offensively which included 318 passing yards and 87 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 439 total yards defensively which included 256 passing yards and 183 rushing yards. Diego Pavia led the team in passing, completing 20 of 31 attempts for 256 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while adding 46 rushing yards and a touchdown. Monte Watkins led the team in rushing with five carries for 89 yards while adding a reception for four yards. Jordin Parker led the team in receiving with a reception for 49 yards and a touchdown.
BookMaker has the Florida International Panthers listed as 3-point favorites at home against the UTEP Miners on Wednesday evening in week 7 of the college football season. Florida International has won three of the five games all-time and two of the last three games in the series while UTEP is 3-2 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. UTEP is 1-5 ATS overall, 0-3 ATS on the road, 0-3 ATS as an underdog, and 0-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Florida International Panthers are 3-3 ATS overall, 1-2 ATS at home, 0-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-2 ATS in conference games on the year.
Neither team has won a game in over two weeks, however, Florida International has the better record this season with a record of 3-3 while UTEP has remained one of the worst teams in college football this season with a record of 1-5 and will likely miss a bowl game this year. The Panthers have also been the better team most recently in the series winning three of the previous four matchups and given how poorly UTEP has played this year I don’t expect that to change which is why I am taking the money line for the FIU Panthers at home against the UTEP Miners on Wednesday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Florida International Panthers Money Line (-139)
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