FIU Panthers (7-3) vs Charlotte 49’ers (4-6)Date : 11/17/2018
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
FIU Panthers vs Charlotte 49’ers
The Florida International Golden Panthers will travel to Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to battle the Charlotte 49’ers on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm EST. The Panthers are currently occupying second place within the Conference USA East standings as they atoned for a 49-14 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls the prior week. The Panthers shut out the inconsistent offense for San Antonio as the Road Runners were able to garner only 245 total yards for the game. James Morgan threw for three TD’s in the win as the Panthers have won five of their last six, overall.
The 49’ers lost their second straight game as they fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd by a 30-13 score as Marshall outscored the visitors 17-3 in the second half en route to a huge victory. Charlotte struggled on offense yet again as they accumulated only 185 yards for the game with QB Brandon Sheriffs throwing for only 74 yards while Benny LeMay rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries on the day. The Panthers won the last meeting by a 30-29 score yet the 49’ers covered the spread as 9.5-point road underdogs.
FIU Panthers 's Latest Performance :
Florida International atoned for their huge set back versus the Owls of Florida Atlanta last week by beating up on the Road Runners of UT-San Antonio as James Morgan passed for 291 yards along with three TD passes to three difference receivers. Nonetheless, Austin Maloney led the receiving corps with 76 yards on only two catches for the day. The rushing attack for the Panthers remained solid in putting up 151 yards versus the Road Runners as Shawndarrius Miller having 69 yards on ten rushes. The Panthers essentially controlled the pace of the game throughout as their defense, ranked 19th in defending the pass in 2018, collected four picks on the day. They will certainly be opportunistic versus an inconsistent offense in the 49’ers as the defensive unit is allowing just 377 total yards per game this year.
Charlotte 49’ers's Latest Performance :
The 49’ers have lost three of their last four games yet continue to have a slim shot of making it to a bowl game to end the season. With remaining games versus the Panthers along with the Florida Atlantic Owls to end the regular season, they have somewhat of a chance of running the table at 4-6 to make it to the postseason. Their offense continues to struggle as they have only put up 16 total points in their last two outing while the defense is allowing 22 points per game.
Evan Sheriffs’ passing percentage dipped way under 50% during his last outing versus Marshall as he passed for only 74 yards as he has not thrown a touchdown pass in three games. The Thundering Herd defense held the rushing attack for Charlotte to only a 2.8 yards per carry average for the day while having only a 3.6 years per catch average, overall. In all, look for Charlotte to get up for yet another important matchup versus a Panthers team looking to stay in the picture for the Conference USA Championship in the East division.
How FIU Panthers & Charlotte 49’ers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
FIU is 7-3 ATS while the OU is 5-5
Charlotte is 6-4 ATS while the OU is 5-5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this game to mean much to both teams in that the Panthers cannot afford to lose another game if they would like to keep their chances of winning the division alive. On the other hand, the Niners will need this game to bolster their hopes of bowling at the end of the year. With that being the case, look for this game to be very exciting throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Charlotte 49’ers +6
My reason for the pick :
While Charlotte does not have an offense to speak of at this point in the season, they have really been stout this year in allowing just 25 points per game. In all, the unit is ranked in the top 50 in the nation in every major defensive category and will certainly live up to their billing in this matchup versus an offense for the Panthers that are averaging 35 points per game this year. With the defense for the Panthers being solid as well thus far, do not expect many points to be scored in this contest as the defensive unites will take center stage.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 47.5
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be the play in this matchup as you will have to solid defenses squaring off again average to below average offenses. With that being the case, expect the defensive units to control the trenches for much of the matchup. Of course, each offense will take advantage of opportunities, these will be far and few in-between as much will be riding on such an important matchup for both teams, as stated.
Betting trends for FIU Panthers :
- Golden Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Over is 4-0 in Golden Panthers last 4 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Over is 5-0 in Golden Panthers last 5 games in November.
Betting trends for Charlotte 49’ers:
- 49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on turf.
- 49ers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- 49ers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game