Maryland started out hot last week, while Florida International lost the first of a Big Ten doubleheader. Check out the Maryland vs. Florida International fearless prediction and game preview.
Maryland at Florida International Game Preview
Date: Friday, September 9th
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: FIU Stadium, Miami, FL
Network: CBS Sports Network
Why Maryland Will Win
The Terps got their first win under new head coach D.J. Durkin, tuning up with just about everything going right in the lightweight win over Howard. The passing game wasn’t fantastic, but it was good enough to complement the loaded day from the ground attack that barreled all over the Bison. FIU wasn’t even close to slowing down the Indiana ground attack in the home loss last week, getting hit for 246 yards – the Hoosiers rumbled without a problem.
Maryland might not have been tested or pushed, but it managed to come up with a clean game with no turnovers and just two penalties. As long as there aren’t a slew of mistakes to let FIU get a few cheap scores, the ground game and short passing attack should be enough to get by.
Why Florida International Will Win
The Golden Panthers might not have done anything on the ground against the Hoosiers, and they might not have been able to get into the game thanks to a slew of turnovers, but the D got behind the line. There was decent enough pressure to bother the IU backfield a bit to bend, but not break on several drives. The problem? Giveaways.
Maryland might have been clean against Howard, but this was a turnover machine last season that still has to prove it can get by without a slew of big mistakes when pressed. Perry Hills might have thrown just fine when he didn’t have to push, but will he start giving the ball away if he has to start making more plays? The downfield passing game wasn’t tested out too much – FIU has to keep everything underneath and can’t miss tackles.
What’s Going To Happen?
It’s a different Terp team under Durkin, but if FIU can somehow force several third-and-long situations, it should be able to keep this from getting out of hand.
It’s a Friday night nationally televised showcase moment at home for the Golden Panthers, and they’ll play better than they did against IU. They’ll lose the turnover margin, though, and Maryland will use the two key plays to pull away in the second.
Maryland at Florida International Prediction
Final Score: Maryland 37, Florida International 20
Line: Maryland -10, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 2