Week 9 NCAA Football Odds: Troy Trojans at Florida International
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
It’s another early start for college football this week as Sun Belt Conference preseason favorites Troy Trojans and Florida International Golden Panthers face off in an ESPN2 national television game. FIU has opened as a 6-point favorite on Bodog Sportsbook’s NCAA football odds with live betting available.
Both clubs have been a disappointment thus far at 1-2 in Sun Belt play – two games behind conference-leading Arkansas State and are just playing for bowl eligibility at this point. FIU (4-3) actually played Arkansas State last Tuesday, losing 34-16 despite leading 16-13 at one point. With his touchdown reception in the third quarter, Golden Panthers star WR T.Y. Hilton tied the Sun Belt record with 22 career TD catches. FIU was the co-conference champion of the Sun Belt last year. For the season, the Panthers have outscored the opposition 62-29 in the opening period. However, FIU has had troubles in the fourth quarter, being outscored 61-27.
Troy (2-4) enters off a 38-10 loss against Louisiana-Monroe, the Trojans’ second defeat in a row. Troy had only 126 total yards of offense in that one and a net of minus-14 rushing yards. The Trojans have never lost three Sun Belt games in a row. And under head coach Larry Blakeney's tenure, Troy has never lost to FIU in Miami. Last year, however, at Troy, FIU won 52-35 for its first win against the Trojans. FIU had 448 rushing yards in that one, setting a school record. Hilton had two catches for 75 yards but also rushed six times for 158 yards and two scores.
The road team has covered in five of the past six meetings between these two schools.
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