Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Florida International Panthers Game Preview and Prediction - 10/23/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue:  Riccardo Silva Stadium, Miami, FL
Where to Watch:  ESPN+

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  WKU -15, FIU +15; Over/Under:  77 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  WKU -15, FIU +15; Over/Under:  77 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  WKU -15.5, FIU +15.5; Over/Under:  77 points
 

Season Record

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  2-4 (4th place, C-USA East)
Florida International Panthers:  1-5 (6th place, C-USA East)
 
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Florida International Panthers Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  won on the road on Oct. 16 against the Old Dominion Monarchs 43-20.
Florida International Panthers:  lost at home on Oct. 8 against the Charlotte 49ers 45-33.
 
 
 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Analysis

WKU is coming into this game with a 2-4 record overall and they are 1-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are currently 1-1 in their conference games this season. Their 1 loss came against the UTSA Roadrunners while their 1 win came against ODU in their last game. They dominated ODU in that game from the start holding them to 3 points in the 1st half but by then the game was already over with a 27 point lead over ODU. Bailey Zappe played a solid game as he completed 37/54 passes for 397 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Adam Cofield led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 10 carries. They did not have much of a running game in that one but they did not really need it either. Jerreth Sterns had a massive day as he led the receivers with 221 yards and 1 touchdown on 13 receptions while Malachi Corley, Daewood Davis, and Dakota Thomas caught the other touchdown passes in that game. Miguel Edwards led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Will Ignont led the defense in sacks with 2 while he along with Antwon Kincade both came away with 1 interception each in that one. They have scored 245 points in their first 6 games averaging 40.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 212 points against them allowing 35.3 PPG. Their offense is averaging 545 YPG while their defense is allowing 474.7 YPG.
 
 

Florida International Panthers Analysis

FIU is coming into this game with a 1-5 record overall and they are 1-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 3rd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are already in a hole with a 0-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 losses came against the Florida Atlantic Owls and against Charlotte in their last game. They tried to keep up in their last game scoring throughout the game to try and catch up but in the end they lost after trailing the entire night. Max Bortenschlager played pretty well in that game as he completed 19/30 passes for 466 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception but his effort just was not enough to win that game. D'Vonte Price led the team in rushing with 89 yards on 18 carries and was basically their entire ground game in that one. Tyrese Chambers had a massive day as he led the receivers with 201 yards and 2 touchdowns on 3 receptions. Josh Turner and Daniel Jackson both led the defense in that game with 8 solo tackles each. Davon Strickland, Ty Danzy, and Kevin Oliver all had 1 sack each in that game while no one on the defense was able to come up with an interception in that game. They have scored 167 points in their first 6 games averaging 27.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 221 points against them allowing 36.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 434.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 482 YPG.
 

 

Western Kentucky vs Florida International Prediction

The point total is set at 77 in this game with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Both of these teams have very high scoring potent offense while both do not really play any defense in their games either. WKU has been scoring a lot of points all season and they are coming off of a game where they looked good on offense. FIU also looked good on offense in their last game despite them losing that one. Both have some playmakers on their side that can rip off big plays in the blink of an eye. The best bet to place in this game is on the over as it will be a high scoring shootout where neither team really plays defense as both look to take the lead and get a win here.
 
Western Kentucky Florida International Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is WKU 52 FIU 45.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: 84-78 ATS in all games. 25-18 ATS when the total is greater than or equal to 63. 44-35 ATS in road games. 56-46 ATS against conference opponents. 
Florida International Panthers: 88-102 ATS in all games. 63-67 ATS as an underdog. 37-49 ATS in home games. 57-63 ATS against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  J. Simon (TE) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. J. Moses (RB) out for season - Knee injury.
Florida International Panthers:  S. Thornton (WR) Ques Sat - Illness.
 

Players to Watch

 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Jerreth Sterns is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a massive game where he had over 200 yards receiving and he is their biggest playmaker on the team. Look for them to get the ball in his hands as he makes some big catches down field for a lot of yards in this game.
 
Florida International Panthers: Tyrese Chambers is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards this season. He is coming off of a massive game where he had over 200 yards receiving and he will need to replicate that here as they will need to gain yards in chunks if they are to keep up in this game. Look for him to make some big catches down the field and get into the end zone.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“I feel like our best football is still ahead of us” - Tyson Helton on his team’s performance this season.
 
 
“I’m going to make this quick.” - Butch Davis responding in a press conference when asked about his team’s 1-5 start to the season.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
WR Smith, Dalvin 
WR Davis, Daewood 
WR Sterns, Jerreth 
WR Tinsley, Mitchell 
TE Beljan, Joey 
QB Zappe, Bailey 
RB Whittington, Noah 
 
Florida International Panthers
WR Singleton, Bryce 
WR Chambers, Tyrese 
TE Palmer, Sterling 
QB Bortenschlager, Max 
RB Price, D'vonte 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Passing: B. Zappe (2632)
Rushing: A. Cofield (229)
Receiving: J. Sterns (962)
Touchdowns: J. Sterns (8)
Sacks: D. Malone (2.5)
Tackles: A. Kincade (28)
 
Florida International Panthers
Passing: M. Bortenschlager (1834)
Rushing: D. Price (500)
Receiving: T. Chambers (672)
Touchdowns: D. Price (6)
Sacks: D. Jackson (2)
Tackles: J. Turner (32)
 
Coaches:
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Tyson Helton (3rd season)
Florida International Panthers: Butch Davis (5th season)
 

Weather Forecast

83 degrees F scattered thunderstorms, 80% humidity, 50% chance of rain, up to 11 mph wind speeds E.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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