Charlotte 49ers vs Florida International Panthers Picks, Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/09/2021

by James Q

Charlotte 49ers vs Florida International Panthers Picks, Spread and Trends to Watch - 10/09/2021

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Friday, October 8th, 2021
Venue:  FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida
Where to Watch:  CBS Sports


Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread: Charlotte -3.5; Over/Under:  59 points
Circa:  Spread: Charlotte -4.5; Over/Under:  58 points
Caesars:  Spread: Charlotte -3.5; Over/Under:  59 points

Season Record

Charlotte: 3-2 (C-USA)
FIU Panthers: 1-4 (C-USA)

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Charlotte vs Florida International Preview and Analysis

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Charlotte’s home opener last month at Jerry Richardson Stadium was against Duke and the 49ers won 31-28.  A close call, but Charlotte emerged the better team. Game 2 brought Gardner-Webb (that’s a college in the United States, I checked their blog post in the blog world) and Charlotte won 38-10.  Game 3 on the road against Georgia State ended in a loss for the 49ers 20-9.  Game 4 Charlotte regained their winning ways against Middle Tennessee 42-39.  Game 5 Charlotte travelled to face Illinois and lost 24-14.  So Charlotte is 3-2 having won three at home and lost both on the road.
The Panthers of Florida International have struggled mightily so far this season.  Game 1 they won their opener in a blowout against LIU 48-10.  Game 2 went to overtime against Texas State and FIU lost 23-17.  Game 3 was a big loss to Texas Tech 54-21.  Game 4 was a close game against Central Michigan, but FIU lost 31-27.  Game 5 against FL Atlantic brought another big loss to FIU’s record 58-21.
Offensive Analysis
The FIU Panthers are ranked 85th in the FBS in offense.  164th in rushing 125 per game.  42nd in Passing 288 yards per game.
The Charlotte 49ers are ranked 83rd in rush offense gaining 174 yards per game.  100th in pass offense gaining 236 yards per game… Overall they are ranked 88th on offense.  

Defensive Analysis

The FIU Panthers are 233rd in defensive ranking, 184th in rush defense giving up 188.4 yards per game.  232nd in pass defense, giving up 314.4 yards per game.

The Charlotte 49ers are 235th in defense allowing 251.4 rushing yards, ranked 59th in pass defense allowing 174.8 yards per game.  
Charlotte vs Florida International Prediction
Our prediction for Friday, October 8th is….   Charlotte  42 - FIU 21 
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NCAAF Betting Trends

As a favorite Charlotte is 5-4 ATS last three seasons,  2-0 ATS this season.
FIU is 2-7 ATS in home games over the last three seasons.
FIU is 2-10 ATS against conference opponents for the last 3 seasons.
FIU is 4-13 ATS when the total has been between 56.5 and 63 since 1993.


Key Injuries

Charlotte:  CB Geovante Howard (ankle) Questionable. *  RB Elijah Turner has left the team  *  DB Davondre Robinson (biceps)  Questionable.

FIU:  WR Shermar Thornton (illness) Questionable.

Starting Lineups

Charlotte:  QB Chris Reynolds, RB Calvin Camp, TE Ryan Carriere, WR Victor Tucker, WR Elijah Spencer, WR Grant Dubose, LT Jaxson Hughes, LG D’Mitri Emmanuel, C Hunter Kelly, RG Ashton Gist, RT TJ Moore

FIU:  QB Max Bortenschlager, TE Sterling Palmer, RB D’Vonte Price, WR Bryce Singleton, WR Tyrese Chambers, LT Miles Frazier, LG Sione Finau, C Api Mane, RG Dontae Keyes, RT Lyndell Hudson Jr 



Statistical Leaders

Passing:  Chris Reynolds  1,115 yards
Rushing:  Calvin Camp  287 yards
Receiving:  Grant Dubose  393 yards
Tackles: Tyler Murray  38
Interceptions:  Jonathan Alexander  1

Passing: Max Bortenschlager 1,368 yards
Rushing:  D’Vonte Price  411 yards
Receiving:  Tyrese Chambers  471 yards
Tackles:  Richard Dames  33
Interceptions:  Rishard Dames 1 

Charlotte:  William Livingston Healy
FIU:  Butch Davis

Weather Forecast

Mostly Cloudy.  80* at night.  Humidity 84% 

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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