The FIU Panthers (5-4) head up the road to Boca Raton this weekend for a Conference USA clash with the Florida Atlantic Owls (6-3). Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM EST on November 9th at FAU Stadium and the game will be televised on Stadium.
Taking a look at the Week 11 college football odds, Florida Atlantic opened as a 10-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Owls are currently available at -10. The total for the game is sitting at 59 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Florida Atlantic vs FIU
FIU has now won four out of their last five games after beating Old Dominion 24-17 at home last weekend to get back above .500 on the season overall. The Panthers scored seven unanswered points in the third quarter to take the lead en route to their fifth victory of the year. QB James Morgan went 20/33 for 252 passing yards through the air while also adding a score on the ground. RB Napoleon Maxwell also chipped in, rushing for 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on a team-high 16 carries. Shermar Thornton led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in six catches for 125 yards. Overall, Florida International generated just over 400 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the win.
The Panthers had a pretty solid outing on the other side of the ball against Old Dominion, holding the Monarchs to well under 250 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. FIU was especially solid defending against the pass, as they didn’t allow a single touchdown through the air while also recording an interception.
Florida Atlantic won their second straight game last weekend, beating Western Kentucky 35-24 on the road to improve to 6-3 on the season overall. The Owls fell behind early before scoring 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take the lead for good. QB Chris Robison went 18/29 for 208 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while Nick Tronti and Larry McCammon III both found the end zone on the ground. Harrison Bryant led the way for the receiving corps, making six catches for 74 yards. As a whole, Florida Atlantic gained almost 500 total yards and scored four touchdowns on offense.
The Owls were average at best defensively against Western Kentucky, surrendering well over 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. FAU did do a good job getting pressure to Hilltoppers QB Ty Storey, as he threw a season-high three interceptions.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: FAU -10
I’m leaning slightly towards Florida Atlantic in the 18th edition of the Shula Bowl, as the Owls have been the better team on both sides of the ball so far this season. They have also fared much better against the spread this year, going a very respectable 6-3 ATS while Florida International sits at just 2-7 against the spread over their first nine games. The Panthers defense has let them down at times through the first ten weeks of the season, as they’ve allowed 40+ points on three separate occasions already. Florida Atlantic hasn’t had nearly as many issues defensively, surrendering only 27 total points over their last two games combined.
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FIU has also really struggled on the road recently, going a brutal 0-3 against the spread over their last three outings away from Riccardo Silva Stadium. They also haven’t fared well against the spread in this particular matchup, failing to cover the number in two out of the last three meetings between these two state rivals. On the other side, the Owls are a rock-solid 4-1 against the spread over their last five games against Conference USA opponents. I’m going to lay the ten points and roll with the home favorite on Saturday evening – give me Florida Atlantic to cover the spread!