Sam Houston vs Florida International Prediction NCAAF 10/18

Sam Houston vs Florida International Prediction NCAAF 10/18

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Florida International vs. Sam Houston Conference USA Clash

 

Get ready for an exciting Conference USA showdown as the Florida International Panthers (3-4) take on the winless Sam Houston Bearkats (0-6). Both teams are looking to turn their seasons around, making this matchup a must-watch for college football fans.

 

Florida International

The Florida International Panthers (3-4) started the 2023 season with a bang, but their recent offensive struggles have left them searching for answers. Both teams have struggled to find consistency this season, residing in the lower echelons of their conference standings.

Offense

While the Panthers have shown flashes of success through the air, their true strength lies in their ground game, which has accounted for an average of 28 points per game in their wins this season, including a total of 12 rushing touchdowns. Last week, however, they encountered difficulties on multiple fronts, including a 50% pass completion rate, zero passing touchdowns, and an interception. Despite these setbacks, they managed to find some ground success with two rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately, they fell short of the 100-yard rushing mark as a team, leaving their once-promising season at a crossroads.

Defense

On the defensive side, the Panthers have had their struggles as well, allowing opponents to score consistently. Their defense will need to step up to secure a victory in this matchup.

 

Sam Houston

If the Panthers have faced challenges lately, the Bearkats have endured an even tougher season, failing to secure a single win in their first six games. This winless streak includes three consecutive losses in conference play, a feat matched only by the Panthers' four conference losses.

Offense

During this tough stretch, the Bearkats have struggled to find the end zone, managing just nine offensive touchdowns. Only three of these touchdowns came from rushing plays, accompanied by a meager 414 rushing yards. Unless they can turn these struggles around, their season is poised to remain a difficult one. In their recent loss to New Mexico State, quarterback Keegan Shoemaker displayed promise by completing 32 of 48 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns without interceptions. However, a lack of production on the ground resulted in just 13 points for the team. Unless Shoemaker can replicate his stellar passing performance, the Bearkats may find themselves in another challenging contest.

Defense

On the defensive side, the Bearkats have faced their share of difficulties as well, allowing opponents to score consistently. Their defense will need to step up to secure a victory in this matchup.

 

Prediction

As the Florida International Panthers clash with the struggling Sam Houston Bearkats, one aspect becomes evident - offensive struggles. Both teams have faced difficulty consistently reaching the end zone and currently find themselves at the bottom of their conference.

Considering the offensive challenges these teams have encountered, the best bet for this matchup appears to be the under of 41 points. With both teams struggling to generate significant scoring, a low-scoring game seems probable. The spotlight may shift to defense as these teams strive to end their respective losing streaks.

 

Pick: Under 41 Points

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