Conference USA action starts the colege football action with a Wednesday night week 7 matchup between the UTEP Miners and the FIU Golden Panthers from FIU Football Stadium in the University Park neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. UTEP cruised to a 40-6 win over FIU last year, but the Golden Panthers lead the overall series 3-2.
UTEP (1-5, 0-2 Conference USA) is coming off of a bye week after a 24-10 home loss to Louisiana Tech. The Miners have struggled most of the season and have yet to record a win over an FBS opponent. Their only win came in week 2 against Incarnate Word. If there is a player to watch it is linebacker Tyrice Knight, who is among the nation’s leaders in tackles and a good bet to be C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
FIU (3-3, 0-3 C-USA) dropped a 31-17 decision to New Mexico State last Wednesday. Quarterback Keyone Jenkins had a solid game wiht 250 yards yards passing, 35 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown, but he threw two costly interceptions. The Golden Panthers defense got torched for 439 yards last week, but Wednesday should be their best chance to win a conference game this season.
UTEP vs. FIU
Date: Wednesday, October 11
Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN2
Live stream: ESPN+/ESPN3
Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: FIU -3
Moneyline: UTEP +130; FIU -155