Charlotte preview

Charlotte football looks to grab its first road victory in 2021. 

The Charlotte 49ers football team, who are coming off a 24-14 loss against Illinois, will look to rebound in a conference matchup against the Florida International Panthers. The team is excited to get back on the field against a familiar opponent. 

 

Charlotte comes into the game with a 3-2 record and is looking to build a great start to the season. Florida International is coming off a 58-21 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls. 

 

Charlotte looks to reflect on this past Saturday's game and show improvement this Friday.

 

"I think this team has the ability to be really, really good by the end of the year," said head coach Will Healy in his Tuesday press conference. "It's a very talented football team, our works cut out for us, on the road, short week, awesome challenge, challenge accepted."

 

Charlotte and FIU have played each other since 2019. In the last matchup between the two teams, the Panthers dominated the game, winning 48-23. The 49ers look to avenge that loss in what is sure to be a great showdown. 

 

Game Facts: 

The Niners have lost all five matchups against Florida International, two at home and three on the road.

 

The Forty-Niners are one of two undefeated teams in the Conference USA East division. 

 

Grant DuBose ranks 39th in the country in receiving yards with 393 yards and tied for 22nd in receiving touchdowns with four. 

 

Keys to a 49er Win:

 

-Charlotte will need to improve their rushing defense to get a win against a talented FIU team. Look for D'Vonte Price to run the ball for the Panthers. The 49ers struggled in the Illinois game stopping the Illini's rushing attack. It will be crucial for the Niners to find an answer to their opponents' rushing attacks. Charlotte has given up an average of 255.8 yards per game on the ground. However, Florida International has a balanced offensive attack that could be more favorable for Charlotte.

 

- The 49ers' offensive line will have to give Chris Reynolds time. Reynolds was under pressure a lot when he dropped back against the Fighting Illini. Illinois had a total of three sacks last Saturday against Charlotte. Look to see the Niners establish a clean pocket for Reynolds to the ball downfield.

 

-When the game gets tough, rely on the experienced passing attack. This game is more than likely going to be a shootout. FIU head coach Butch Davis will surely get his Florida International Panthers pumped up for the contest. If it becomes a shootout, look for Charlotte to lean on its experienced receiving core in Victor Tucker, Cameron Dollar and Grant DuBose. Additionally, look for senior talent Chris Reynolds.

 

Prediction

Charlotte and FIU will go back and forth in a high-octane matchup. The 49ers' offensive attack will keep them in the game, and it will result in victory. Charlotte takes the win in Miami, 45–35. 

 

How To Watch 

The game will get underway Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Riccardo Silver Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network.

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