Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs FIU Panthers 10/25/2023 – Wednesday night lights will illuminate Riccardo Silva Stadium for an exciting Conference USA matchup between Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Florida International Panthers of Conference USA Football in Conference USA Football Conference USA matchup that both squads hope will end up victorious. As we explore further, it becomes evident that this game holds great meaning to each squad involved. The NCAA football betting picks are updated below with all the details of this exciting game.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs FIU Panthers 10/25/2023
|When:||Wednesday, October 25, 2023 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Riccardo Silva Stadium|
Zion Webb and Alen Karajic named Conference USA Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week following the Gamecocks' 20-17 victory over WKU last week!
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Jacksonville State Gamecocks (6-2) are making history this season as they make their FBS football debut. Since entering FBS football, Jacksonville State has shown great defensive prowess, ranking second in total defense among FBS teams. On Tuesday night they scored an exciting 20-17 home victory against Western Kentucky which proved both their determination and ability to succeed under pressure.
Zion Webb, their dual-threat quarterback, stood out during this thrilling Gamecock victory as one of its key players. Webb put on an impressive show, rushing 28 times for 146 yards and scoring an essential touchdown en route to 22 of 39 pass completions for 218 yards; such performances highlighted his vital contribution to the team’s success.
Jacksonville’s Previous Success
Jacksonville State was propelled by more than just Webb alone to victory on Saturday; running back Anwar Lewis made significant contributions, with 85 rushing yards and one score on his account. Their ground game outgained Western Kentucky 262-89 on the ground, which played a critical role in their victory. Control of the line of scrimmage played a pivotal role as well in Jacksonville State securing its victory.
Alen Karajic provided the game-defining moment when, with nerves of steel, he successfully kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired – showing their resilience under pressure when it mattered most and pushing their overall record to 6-2 in their inaugural year playing in FBS.
Florida International Celebrates Exhilarating Double Overtime Victory
On the other side of the field, Florida International Panthers have had a difficult start to Conference USA play this year, having suffered four defeats in five conference games so far. Their defense has given up an average of 27 points per contest – making every game an endurance test for the Panthers.
At their most recent matchup against Sam Houston State, the Panthers pulled off an astounding double-overtime road victory, defying all odds to claim their inaugural Conference USA win this season. This incredible win featured several thrilling moments – such as their last drive’s 4th-and-18 conversion leading to a 36-yard field goal with only five seconds remaining for game-tying play!
Sam Houston State scored first on overtime’s opening play. Still, the Panthers stayed resilient as quarterback Keyone Jenkins orchestrated a one-yard touchdown run, leveling the score and forcing an additional overtime period. Finally, in that second overtime session, Jenkins connected with Kris Mitchell on an incredible 25-yard touchdown pass to seal victory with stunning results.
Sam Houston State was an excellent test of the Panthers’ resilience and ability to find victory under pressure. There were dramatic moments throughout that game which demonstrated their resolve and fighting spirit.
First Meeting between Jacksonville State and FIU
Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Florida International Panthers will meet for the very first time when they square off this Sunday, marking the first meeting between these programs in history. Since Jacksonville State joined FBS football this season, their transition has brought energy and excitement to Conference USA; their defensive excellence being one of its main focuses.
The Gamecocks were expected to bring an uptempo offense into the conference, but their defense has proven itself much stronger. While their journey into FBS may still be relatively new, they have already shown they can compete at an elite level.
NCAAF Latest Odds: JVST -8 ; O/U 44
As the Gamecocks look for their seventh win of the season, this matchup with FIU provides them with a golden opportunity. Even after their recent double-overtime triumph, Jacksonville State will provide significant opposition for FIU’s Panthers. Taking points with FIU may prove advantageous as FIU has shown it possess enough unexpected talent to spring some surprises of its own.
Jacksonville Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Jacksonville State’s last 12 games.
Jacksonville State are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Jacksonville State are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Jacksonville State’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference.
Jacksonville State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in October.
Florida Betting Trends
Florida International are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games.
FIU are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games at home.
Florida International are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games played in October.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida International’s last 6 games played in week 9.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs FIU Panthers Betting Picks
Riccardo Silva Stadium will host an explosive college football clash, as both teams look to make their mark on this midweek contest. For the Gamecocks, this matchup presents an opportunity to extend their success in FBS football while for the Panthers it offers an opportunity to capitalize on recent thrilling victory and turn around their season. Take the Gamecocks to secure a victory as per the sports betting odds.
Score Prediction: Gamecocks 24, Panthers 20.