College Football Picks Week 8: Florida International vs. Arkansas State
Tuesday night college football starts the week off early with a decent game between Florida International and Arkansas State. Sun Belt football may not be exciting to some people, but football midweek is always a good thing.
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The opening line for this game has Arkansas State Red Wolves favored by 3.5. The public money in the early going is coming in on the Florida International Golden Panthers. The latest public consensus shows 55% of the early money on the road team and that has driven the line down to three points in some offshore sportsbooks.
The Golden Panthers enter this game off a bye after getting a big road win against Akron. The Panthers are fueled by a high-octane offense that amassed over 500 yards in the last game. Backfield mates Kedrick Rhodes and Darriet Perry moved the ball on the ground and scored three times. Quarterback Wesley Carroll managed the game beautifully under center and is capable of leading this team to more victories.
Arkansas State is also off a win against Louisiana Monroe and has won three straight coming into this prime time event. Quarterback Ryan Aplin leads Arkansas State and has the ability to use a quick and short passing game to move the ball down the field. Dwayne Frampton is his main target and is un-coverable. He is a beast on the outside and a touchdown maker.
The Golden Panthers have a solid offense, as mentioned, but they have problems with turnovers and penalties. While neither team will strike fear in opposing teams on defense, they are quality ball clubs, playing a pivotal game in the Sun Belt conference.
The latest sports betting trends favor the home team in this game. The Golden Panthers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week. The Red Wolves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite of 3.5-10.0, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
This game will be a good start to the week and Arkansas State will w3in and cover the number.