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Miami vs. FIU Football Prediction and Preview

Miami vs. FIU Football Prediction and Preview

Miami vs. FIU Prediction and Preview

The Miami Hurricanes and the FIU Panthers will play each other in Miami this weekend, but on a neutral field. This weekend's game will be at Marlins Park at the old grounds of the Hurricanes' former football stadium, the Orange Bowl.

Miami is coming in on a roll. The Hurricanes (6-4) have won their last three games after an embarrassing home loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Canes' latest victory came two weeks ago as they cruised past the Louisville Cardinals 52-27.

At 5-5, FIU is looking to become bowl eligible with a win. Just like the Hurricanes, the Panthers also had last weekend off after a 37-7 loss to the FAU Owls.

Saturday will be the fourth time the Hurricanes and Panthers have met. Miami has won all three meetings, including last year's matchup, 31-17.

Miami vs. FIU

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Where: Marlins Park (Miami)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Spread: Miami -20.5

When Miami Has the Ball

Miami's offense has improved ever since a come-from-behind victory at Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. Quarterback Jarren Williams has played a huge role in the Hurricanes' offensive resurgence.

Since returning to the starting lineup against Florida State, Williams has thrown for 566 yards, with eight touchdowns against zero interceptions. Williams is also completing 61 percent of his passes during that two-game span. Now, the Hurricanes could welcome back one of their primary offensive weapons against the Panthers.

Tight end Brevin Jordan will be a game-time decision after missing the Hurricanes' last game against Louisville due to what the school is calling a "lower extremity injury." Jordan leads Miami in receiving yards with 495 and is second on the team with 35 receptions. Jordan has scored two touchdowns on the year.

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Miami's offense should have success against an FIU defense that has been mediocre through 10 games. The Panthers rank 61st in total defense, giving up an average of 385.5 yards per game. FIU's defense is allowing an average of 26.6 points per game, which is 58th in the nation.

When FIU Has the Ball

Things haven't exactly gone the way FIU planned coming off a nine-win season last year. The Panthers have been hit hard by injuries and offensive line issues.

Quarterback James Morgan suffered a knee injury early in the season. While he has missed only one game this season, it has been clear that Morgan is playing at less than 100 percent. Now, the Panthers and their offensive line will have to go against one of the best young players in college football in Gregory Rousseau.

Through 10 games, Rousseau leads the Hurricanes in sacks with 12. What is amazing about Rousseau's sack total is that he only became a starter six games into the season.

The good news for the Panthers is that FIU's offensive line has allowed only 13 sacks on the year. The bad news: They haven't played against a defensive line as talented as Miami's all season.

Final Analysis

Considering the Panthers had a tough time with FAU, Saturday could make for a long night for FIU. Miami is the more talented team offensively and defensively, and the Hurricanes should be able to put the game away easily.

College Football Top 25 Rankings: Miami

Since Jarren Williams became the starter at quarterback again, Miami's looks like a completely different team offensively. The Hurricanes offensive line has also given Williams time to throw downfield.

FIU hasn't scored more than 24 points in over a month. Panthers quarterback James Morgan has been solid at times despite his injury, but he will face a tall task against a defense that is allowing only 19.2 points per game.

Prediction: Miami 41, FIU 13

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.