The FIU Panthers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are set to do battle on the turf of Joe Aillet Stadium. The game is scheduled to get underway at 8:00 p.m. ET and fans can view the action live on CBS Sports Network.
FIU at Louisiana Tech Betting Odds 9/20/2019
The spread for this CUSA matchup is placed at 10 points in favor of Louisiana Tech. The Panthers are currently receiving +290 moneyline odds while the Bulldogs are -370. The over/under is set at 51.5 points. Some good live betting opportunities could exist during the showdown.
The early action has swayed to the Bulldogs, as the opening line was -8. The game’s over/under has yet to move after it was initially placed at 51.5.
The Panthers are 1-2 straight up (SU), including 0-1 SU against CUSA opponents. The Bulldogs are 2-1 SU overall and 0-0 SU in conference play. The underwhelming Panthers are 0-2 against the spread (ATS) and have lost 4.5 units this season. They’ve been a good under bet and have recorded an O/U mark of 0-2.
The Bulldogs have gained 0.0 units this year. They’re 1-2 ATS and have an O/U record of 1-2.
The Panthers want to make it two in a row 30-17 victory over New Hampshire last week where Kaylan Wiggins completed 12 passes for only 127 yards. Anthony Jones (52 rushing yards on 17 attempts) and the signal-caller Wiggins (187 yards on 14 carries, two TDs) led the ground attack in the win. Shemar Thornton (four receptions, 19 yards) and Sterling Palmer (three catches, 37 yards) shared the receiving duties.
Louisiana Tech takes the field on Friday following a 35-7 win over Bowling Green. The team’s defense allowed the Falcons to rush for 119 yards on 47 attempts, along with one rushing TD. Quintin Morris was a bright spot in the loss for Bowling Green, posting 90 yards on six catches. As a group, the Bulldogs collectively completed 24-of-32 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. J’mar Smith went 19-for-26 for 267 yards and two touchdowns while Aaron Allen was five-of-five for 57 yards. Justin Henderson (95 yards on nine rush attempts) led the ground game in the win while Adrian Hardy (six receptions, 95 yards) and Smoke Harris (five catches, 64 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching corps.
FIU’s run the ball on 63.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Louisiana Tech has an overall rush percentage of 48.1 percent. The Panthers have produced 173 rush yards per game and have five touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Bulldogs are totaling 124 rush yards per contest and have three total rushing TDs.
The Panthers have averaged 142 yards in the air overall and have only one passing TDs so far. The Bulldogs have produced 295 pass yards per outing and have five total pass scores.
Defensively, FIU has let opponents rush for an average of 198 yards and throw for 220 yards per game. Louisiana Tech has allowed 162.7 yards per game on the ground and 237 to opponents in the air. The Bulldogs are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 5.98 to opponents, while the Panthers have given up a 6.53 ANY/A.
Wiggins has amassed 127 passing yards on the year, and has connected on 12-of-18 attempts with zero passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Wiggins has a 7.06 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 6.40 over the last two games.
We’re looking for Panthers to maintain tempo by pounding the defense with their running backs. In addition to Kaylan Wiggins (zero receiving yards), Anthony Jones (100 rush yards, one rush TD) and Napoleon Maxwell (40 rush yards, one rush TD) have really been focal points in the offense for FIU.
J’mar Smith has recorded 598 yards, four TDs and one INT for Louisiana Tech. His ANY/A sits at 7.23 for the season and 9.11 across his past two outings.
The Bulldogs also like to keep their backfield involved. In addition to Adrian Hardy (133 receiving yards), Justin Henderson (113 rush yards) and Jaqwis Dancy (56 rush yards, two rush TDs) have seen a multitude of looks lately.
These two conference foes did not get a chance to play each other in 2018.
FIU Panthers vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Free Pick
SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Under
Team Betting Trends
The Louisiana Tech defense has created four sacks on the year while FIU has two.
Louisiana Tech has lost two fumbles this season while FIU has lost one.
The Panthers offense has created one pass play of 40+ yards, while the Bulldogs have accounted for four such plays.
The FIU defense has allowed three pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Louisiana Tech has given up one such play.
The FIU offense has created four rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while Louisiana Tech has created two such run.
The Panthers defense has allowed five rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Bulldogs have given up one such run.
The O/U for Louisiana Tech’s previous outing was set at 58.5. The under cashed in that 35-7 triumph over Bowling Green.
Over its last three matches, Louisiana Tech is 1-2 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
As a team, FIU has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over its last two matchups.
Louisiana Tech has averaged 3.9 yards per carry over its last two.