All the elements are in place for the Golden Panthers first win: FIU is coming off a bye week, it's homecoming, the offense is performing better coming off its season-high scoring output of 24 points and a 2-8 team visits the Orange Bowl.
Three reasons: 1) ULL QB Michael Desormeaux is the nation's leading rusher among quarterbacks and can throw the ball as well, 2) Bruising RB Tyrell Fenroy, who has gashed FIU for 319 yards and 3 TDs in two games and 3) ULL's spread offense which FIU has never been able to handle. Yes, it's a different FIU team and coaching staff, but the Golden Panthers defense was more talented last season with the Killer B's among others and FIU has had trouble stopping the run this season.
Now with the Golden Panthers coming off their best offensive performance of the season in their last game at Arkansas State and a generous Ragin' Cajuns defense, this game could be an offensive game as beautiful as Miss USA 1996 and Louisiana native Ali Landry (photo, right).
As of Wednesday of this week, Desormeaux was listed as questionable with a clavicle injury. If he's out on Saturday, FIU may be on its way to a win. Maybe, the Golden Panthers will prove the GPP wrong again like they did against ASU, but I'm just not able to pull the trigger on this one. A Po' Boy sandwich and some gumbo could change my mind.
GPP thinks: ULL 34, FIU 23
FIU Fanatic: I have not heard of any FIU hoops signings. SR may be waiting until April to get in his new players.
Ultimate FIU Fan: Yes, McVay is the coach's son.
Concerned Fan: As far as I know, none of the new FIU JUCOs will play this season. Have not heard of other transfers. There could be more players headed to FIU when April rolls around. The second Wednesday in April is the deadline for signing players.
fiufan751: The GPP has a Q & A planned for GPP readers and FIU fans with TT coming soon. Will post on here when we get to it.
FI-UM Fan: Been covering FIU since starting at the Miami Herald in 2002.
9-0: FIUrulez 171; NY Josh 177; FIU Fanatic 182; Fomenter 183; 24/7-11 197; Crazy Cane 226.
8-1: FIUPantherFan 174. 7-2: yippee 226. 6-3: Messod 230. 5-4: CJ 227; SouthPaw 236
GPP: 8-1, 195