The Florida International Panthers host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Friday night in a game rescheduled from the season’s opening week. The Panthers (0-2) have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, with three games postponed so far. That has caused issues for a team trying to rebuild after significant departures. FIU last played Oct. 11, losing 31-28 to Middle Tennessee State, but the offense has shown it can put up points, averaging 31 per game. The FCS-level Gamecocks (2-1) are playing the final game of their abbreviated season and defeated North Alabama 24-17 on Saturday. They are averaging more than 27 points per game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami. The Panthers are a 10.5-point favorite in the latest FIU vs. Jacksonville State odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 59.5. Before making any Jacksonville State vs. FIU picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine’s Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a playing and coaching perspective.
The football analyst was SportsLine’s No. 1 college football expert last season. Hunt went 116-79 on FBS college football against-the-spread picks in 2019, returning a huge profit of $2,976 to his followers. This season, he is on a red-hot run of 9-1 on his FBS college football picks. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hunt has set his sights on Florida International vs. Jacksonville State. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Jacksonville State vs. Florida International:
- Jacksonville State vs. FIU spread: Panthers -10.5
- Jacksonville State vs. FIU over-under: 59.5
- Jacksonville State: TE Trae Barry is fifth in FCS in averaging 80 receiving yards per game.
- FIU: RB D’Vonte Price has 260 yards on just 26 carries over the first two games.
Why FIU can cover
FIU is 11-10 against the spread in home games under Butch Davis (since 2017), and the Panthers should be healthy and ready to get their season rolling. They come off a game where they rushed for 270 yards, led by sophomore Shaun Peterson, with 117 yards and two TDs and senior D’Vonte Price, who had 112 and one score. Peterson scored on a 63-yard run in the second quarter against MTSU, then Price topped that with a 65-yarder in the fourth.
The Panthers are 7-5 ATS after a week off in their three-plus seasons under Davis, and quarterback Stone Norton completes more than 66 percent of his passes, while Kaylan Wiggins comes on as more of a ground threat. Wideouts Bryce Singleton, with a 19.3-yard average on three catches, and Georgia transfer JJ Holloman can make big plays, while sophomore Lexington Joseph is seventh in the nation on kickoff returns with a 33.5-yard average.