The FIU Panthers (3-4) and the Sam Houston Bearkats (0-6) meet in a Conference USA matchup on Wednesday night. The Bearkats are fighting to snap their six-game skid and secure their first win of the season. In Week 7, New Mexico State beat Sam Houston 27-13. FIU has dropped two conference matches in a row to start the 2023 campaign. On Oct. 11, the Panthers lost 27-14 to UTEP.

Kickoff from Elliot T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville is set for 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Bearkats are 5-point favorites in the FIU vs. Sam Houston odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points is 41.5. Before making any Sam Houston vs. FIU picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Sam Houston vs. FIU and identified its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's CFB picks. Here are several college football odds and trends for FIU vs. Sam Houston:

  • FIU vs. Sam Houston spread: Bearkats -5
  • FIU vs. Sam Houston over/under: 41.5 points
  • FIU vs. Sam Houston money line: Bearkats -220, Panthers +179
  • SHSU: Hit the game total under in last two games
  • FIU: Hit the 1H money line in three of last five away games 
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Why FIU can cover

The Panthers have several explosive difference-makers on defense. The Panthers allow 27 points per game and rank sixth in the conference in passing defense (247.3). Senior linebacker Donovan Manuel continues to be the best player on the defense. Manuel is constantly flying to the ball and has a knack for wrecking plays in the backfield. The Georgia native is tied for first in the conference in tackles for loss (9.5) and is second in total tackles (72). He's also first in C-USA in forced fumbles (4). On Oct. 11 against UTEP, Manuel had nine stops and 2.5 tackles for loss. 

Senior linebacker Alex Nobles is a productive pass rusher. He leads the conference in QB pressures (20) with a team-high 3.5 sacks and 19 tackles. In the win over New Mexico State, Nobles had four tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. See which team to back here.

Why Sam Houston can cover

The Bearkats have made things hard on opposing offenses. Through six games, they are fourth in the conference in both points allowed (24.7) and pass defense (208.5). They've also allowed 21 or fewer points in three games this season. Senior linebacker Trevor Williams is the best player on this unit. Williams has outstanding instincts and tackles extremely well.

The Texas native leads the team in total tackles (71) and tackles for loss (3.5). Additionally, Williams is first in C-USA in tackles per game (11.8), logging double-digit stops in every game this season. Sophomore defensive back Caleb Weaver has registered 28 total tackles with a team-best four pass deflections. In his last game, he finished with a season-high eight tackles with one pass breakup. See which team to pick here.

How to make Sam Houston vs. FIU picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Under the point total, predicting 33 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time. You can see the model's picks at SportsLine

So who wins FIU vs. Sam Houston, and which side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has notched a profit of more than $2,000 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.