New Hampshire Wildcats at Florida International Golden Panthers Pick

September 14, 7:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Florida International -8.5

The Florida International Golden Panthers (0-2) will host the New Hampshire Wildcats (0-1) at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida when the two do battle on Saturday, September 14th, 2019. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM ET and broadcast on ESPN3. FIU and UNH have never met previously.

New Hampshire Wildcats at Florida International Golden Panthers Key Injury Concerns

Neither the Wildcats nor the Panthers have any injuries to report heading into their match-up.

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New Hampshire Wildcats at Florida International Golden Panthers Overview

New Hampshire Wildcats

The Wildcats step into this FBS/FCS collision on the heels of a heartbreaking 13-10 loss suffered on the road at Holy Cross to kick off their 2019 campaign. No line was posted in the meeting between the Crusaders and Wildcats. Dating back to last season, UNH enters into this fixture on a two-game losing streak.

Florida International Golden Panthers

The 2019-20 season has not gotten off to the start that Florida International has hoped for. The Panthers kicked off their season with a tailspin when they were rocked on the road at Tulane by a score of 42-14 despite closing as just a three-point favorite. FIU would follow up this result with laying an egg in Miami last weekend when they were upset by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers who closed as a nine-point underdog in a 20-14 shocker. An offense that averaged 34.6 points per game in 2016, the Golden Panthers have averaged just a fraction of that in its first two games in 2019.

Reasons To Avoid New Hampshire Wildcats

The Wildcats have played six road games dating back to 2018 and won just one of them. In their five road losses, the Cats were outscored 157-68 which works out to an average of 15.8 points per contest. The Wildcats are being given nearly half of that. In addition, the elements will likely work against New Hampshire as they are leaving their temperate Northeast climate to play in the rugged, humid, and hot environs of South Florida which are known to work against teams that come from the Wildcats' portion of the country.

Reasons To Back Florida International Golden Panthers

In finding value in the numbers, it is very well likely that we are getting Florida International at a bargain-basement price given how low their stock is. The combination of FIU getting its doors blown off by FIU and the WKU upset has left Panther proponents with a bitter taste in their month. In just two weeks, the Panthers went from a highly-touted contender for the Conference USA crown to some questioning whether or not they will make the post-season. The fact remains that FIU closed a nine-point favorite last week against an FBS opponent and now they are being offered spotting a half-point less to an FCS team that has yet to win a game this season and one that finished 4-7 in 2018. If that isn't value, I don't know what is.

New Hampshire at Florida International Prediction 09/14/2019

This will be a renaissance game for the Panthers who I expect will take out their frustration on this Panthers team with style. A cover will never be in question here as I expect the Panthers wreak havoc from the opening kick-off and paste UNH. This game will be over by the half, but I expect FIU to savor the flavor and build continuity. Florida International can win this game by several scores, and I advise all to lay this number with confidence.

Free Pick: 
Take Florida International -8.5
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