By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The FIU Panthers face the Toledo Rockets in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on Friday afternoon. The game will kick off at 12:30 pm on ESPN at Thomas Robinson Stadium in the Nassau, Bahamas.
The Panthers bring an 8-4 record into the game. FIU is 4-1 on the road in 2018.
The Rockets are 7-5. They; however, are just 2-3 on the road.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Panthers have a 51% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives FIU a 57% chance to win this game.
Florida International has a 2-1 all-time advantage in this series. Their last meeting took place on December 26th, 2010 when the Panthers won 34-32 in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit, Michigan.
FIU also won 35-16 when they won on September 27th, 2008. The Rockets only win came on September 26th, 2009 when they won 41-31.
The Panthers have a 1-2 Bowl record. The team has lost its last two Bowl games, including last year’s Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in a 28-3 loss to the Temple Owls.
They also lost 20-20 to the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in 2011. Their lone Bowl win came in the Little Caesars Bowl in 2010.
The Rockets have a 10-6 Bowl record.
Toledo was shutout 34-0 by the Appalachian State Mountaineers in last year’s Dollar General Bowl on December 23rd, 20017. They also lost 31-28 to the Mountaineers in the Camellia Bowl on December 17th, 2016.
Their last Bowl win was in a 32-17 win over the Owls in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22nd, 2015.
FIU lost their last regular season game, as they lost 28-25 to the Thundering Herd on November 24th. One week earlier, the Panthers won their last game, as they won 42-35 to the Charlotte 49ers.
Toledo won their last two regular season games. They defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas on November 23rd with a 51-13 score.
The team also defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes on November 15th. They won 56-34.
Their last loss was on November 7th. They were defeated 38-15 by the Northern Illinois Huskies.
The Panthers are averaging 34.6 points per game. Their offense is averaging 417.6 total yards per game.
FIU is giving up 24.7 points per contest. Their defense is giving up 386.7 total yards per game.
Panthers quarterback James Morgan has gone 213 of 326 for 2,727 yards. He also has 26 touchdowns and seven touchdowns.
Morgan is expected to miss the game, according to the Miami Herald. Christian Alexander will receive his first career start.
Napoleon Maxwell leads the Panthers backs with 121 carries for 673 yards and seven touchdowns. CJ Worton leads the Panthers receivers with 36 receptions for 620 yards and six touchdowns.
The Rockets are averaging 41.1 points per game. Their offense is averaging 448.5 yards per contest.
Their defense is allowing 30.2 yards per game. Their defense is allowing 430.1 yards per game.
Rockets quarterback Eli Peters has gone 124 of 227 for 1,573 yards. He also had 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Bryant Koback leads the Rockets backs with 139 carries for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns. Diontae Johnson leads the Rockets receivers with 43 receptions for 663 yards and seven touchdowns.
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