Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2015 Florida International University Golden Panthers football team is turning the corner in the NCAA Football Landscape. Head Coach Ron Turner enters his third season with a .208 winning percentage. FIU went 4-8 in the 2014 season, 3-5 Conference-USA. A favorable schedule and thirteen returning starters on both sides of the football should give the Golden Panthers a winning record. Miami native Mario Cristibol had the program headed in the right direction, but egos in the Athletic Department led to his departure. Florida International plays home games at the 23,500 FIU Stadium on campus in Miami, Florida.
The 2015 FIU offense has momentum coming into the season. The Golden Panthers offense finally got into gear late in the 2014 season after struggling early. The running game got a boost from Anton Samuel rushing for 404 yards in the last five games. The 5’11 210 pound senior returns for his final season. Tampa native Alex McGough enters his sophomore season as the quarterback after starting eleven games as a true freshman. Tight End Jonnu Smith will compete for all-conference honors. There are two other options at the position. Incoming Freshman Wide Receiver Anthony Jones will see plenty of action. The Golden Panthers have no returning starters at the position. The offensive line is going to be solid in both opening holes and pass protections. The FIU Golden Panters went 8-4 on 2015 NCAAF ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total five.
*The Florida International offense put up 293.2 yards per game last season, 123rd in College Football
*FIU went 5-3 Against The Point Spread at home.
*Florida International was 3-1 ATS on the road in 2014.
*The betting odds over total came in five times in Dade County.
*The Golden Panthers went over the betting odds over the total twice on the road.
*FIU also stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road.
*Florida International ranked 115th nationally throwing the football with 168.0 yards per game.
*The 23.0 ppg was 101st in the FBS.
*FIU averaged 125.2 yards per contest running the football, 107th in the NCAA football landscape.
Eight starters are coming back to the Florida International defense. Defensive coordinator, Matt House plays an aggressive attacking style. The downside to his style is there were a lot of big plays given up by the unit. Florida International will be strong up front with three key returnees. The Florida International linebackers are the strength of the defense in 2015. Senior cornerback Richard Leonard will anchor the secondary. The FIU defense will keep them in a lot of games this season, it won’t be easy to run on this group.
*FIU allowed opponents 363.8 yards per contest last season, 36th nationally.
*The 203.3 yards per game given up by the pass defense was 30th in the FBS.
*The Golden Panthers defense ranked 40th in the land, giving up 24.8 ppg.
*FIU allowed the opposition 160.4 yards per contest on the ground, 57th in College Football.
*Florida Internation has a winnable road game at Big Ten Indiana on September 12th. FIU plays four of their first five on the road.
Bovada lists Florida International at over/under six wins in 2015.
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