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Little Caesars Bowl

Little Caesars Bowl - Overview: Unlike most Sun Belt teams, Florida International used the non-conference portion of its schedule as a springboard towards conference play. The Panthers were competitive in losses to Rutgers, Texas A&M and Maryland before running out of steam in a blowout loss to Pittsburgh. They rolled through the conference slate before dropping their season finale to Middle Tennessee. A win would have given the Panthers the outright Sun Belt crown. It is the first-ever postseason appearance for FIU. Toledo finished 7-1 in MAC play; a huge jump after last season’s 3-5 mark. Keep note than the Rockets were a dismal 5-for-13 on field goal attempts this season.

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Rob Veno’s Take: (Power Ratings: Toledo -1) – FIU head coach Mario Cristobal deserves national attention for the job he and his Panthers have done this season. Can’t slight the job done by second-year head coach Tim Beckham either as Rockets closed strong down the stretch going 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS. Expect each team to be well focused and excited to play in this game. Both teams have high scoring balanced offenses but Toledo’s ability to force turnovers (33 this season) could be difference maker.

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