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From North To Middle

Before we get to the challenge of Middle Tennessee that awaits your Golden Panthers on Saturday, let's wrap up the 42-10 win over North Texas.Ty_2

The tone of that game was set from the opening FIU drive. Yes, I know the Golden Panthers were stopped on 4th down at the NT 10, but we saw that FIU was more than capable of moving the ball downfield 70 yards on the Mean Green. From there it was all downhill for the FIU O.

Something we had not seen from FIU most of this season was the deep passing game, but Paul McCall and the WRs showed that FIU can hit the home run. The 65-yard TD to T.Y. Hilton was precise as PM dropped the ball just in front of Good-Bye who caught it in stride and never looked back.

The TD pass in the corner of the end zone to Greg Ellingson was a nifty one too. And once FIU showed it could hit the deep pass, the running lanes opened.

Speaking of running, Daunte Owens had a nice debut averaging 5 yards a carry and gaining 25 total. The O-line kept PM clean with the exception of one sack.

The D-line benefited from the return of Reggie Jones (1 sack), who made like Reggie Bush on his INT return hurdling an NT player. Quentin Newman and Jonathan Betancourt had nice games. The Golden Rb Panthers put more pressure on the QB in this game than in any of the first 4 and they'll need more of that against MT.

The FIU D again was suffocating against NT. You could tell from watching the game how much faster FIU was compared to NT. El Oso was his usual stellar self and Matt Garris, now healthy, had a solid game.

The secondary did not allow anything deep, but like someone mentioned on the live blog sometimes they went for the kill shot instead of wrapping up and it cost them yardage. In this game it didn't matter, but in what should be a dogfight with the Blue Raiders this Saturday those extra 10-15 yards given up could be back breakers, especially when it appears they have the opposing O stopped.

Special teams -- which you can read a story about in Tuesday's MH that's why this Monday blog is a little late -- have been outstanding all season and that continued vs. NT. O' Darris D' Haiti and Blue25 teamed up on the punt block/TD return.

Punter Carlos Munera has had a quiet solid season placing several punts inside the 10. The dude does have a heck of a leg.Ups

The only thing FIU did not accomplish was the shutout -- which had not happened since FIU shut out Butler 42-0 in the inaugural season. MC went nuts and got an unsportsmanlike penalty when NT kicked a FG to ruin the shutout. Afterward, MC said he will do up-downs in Tuesday's practice as punishment for getting flagged.

Logo GOLDEN PANTHERS PAWSE

More shakeups in the WIN A GPP BLOG leaderboard after another FIU win (reminder: FIU/Middle Tennessee scores have to be in by 6:59 p.m. GPP Time on Saturday):

5-0 (pts. differential)

FIU Chris (93); Baltimorepanther (106); CJ (111); Ultimate FIU Fan (125).

4-1

Clawing Cancer (94), FIUVoice (94); outofthecage88 (96); FIU Love (100); FIUJM (102); FIUBlue82 (105), Gold (105); TheChampionUnderdog (106); NYCFIUFan (110); Puma (111); Fomenter (112), FIU0406 (112); FIUPantherFan (113); Gazi (114); The OC Panther (115); esteban688 (117); FIU Fanatic (121); FIUBlueandGold (127); TNGoldenPanther (129); alt7787 (134).

3-2

Max (128); fiufan751 (132), FIUrulez (132); U24/7 (133); gpantera (136), Quijote (136); FIUfantastic (158), MIA/NY Josh (158); CrazyCane (166).

2-3

SouthPaw (158).

GPP 4-1, 133.

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Plenty of positives from Saturday's win against the Mean Green, but which one stood out for you:

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Pete,

I hope you got my last question, looks like I just got it in before you updated the blog.

FF, II, UU...FIU!!!!!

FIU 27, MTSU 13

I think this next game might be like the one we played against MTSU in 06, a lot of defense. My prediction:

FIU 17
MTSU 13

Pete,

seems like we got pretty banged up with little canada, robert mitchell, and chris cawthorn going down..... it would be a huge blow to the team not have them going into saturday.

im going to hold my predictions untill i know their statuses

Let's GO FIU!

I hope everyone has a chance to go out this Saturday to The Cage. It should be a fun game.

Listened to the SBC week 6 coaches conference call and it now appears that other coaches are taking notice and the writers on the call were interested in opposing analysis of our recent success. A win against MTSU would be huge for this program. We have 2 more road games and then home for all of November with a quasi-road game at FAU ?? If we can get a split vs. Troy and ULL (1-1) coming home to ASU, ULM, FAU and WKU, I think we can get to at least 6 wins and challenge for the SBC title.

The schedule favors us in November and FIU needs the community to support this team at home. The passive fan/graduate needs to be reached somehow. Ads and emails are great, but we need the media on our side too !!

It needs to be clear that alumni and students can get free tix if they contact FIU. The only way to do this is via a large phone bank. We have 3.5 days to "bang out" as many calls as possible to invite people to the MTSU game.

Get it done FIU, no excuses !!! Call your season tix holders and offer them extra seats to invite friends, family etc...If the student section holds 6K, and the majority are local stidents, those students should be encouraged to invite their families too !!! Think outside the box please, for once !!!!

Get it done FIU no excuses anymore...

FIU 17
MTSU 13

I predict a big win for the program. Like the article mentions, the Special Teams will have to step up if they are going to win; especially the feild goal team, I predict it will go down to fields goals on this one.

Pete,
I read in your article that O'Darris D'Haiti is a walk-on. The other day you mentioned a walk-on from Braddock getting a lot of playing time. Overall, how big has the walk-on contribution been for FIU? It seems to me that they have been very helpful. I remember Cristobal saying something to the effect that the walk-on program here could be the best in the state at one point. My basic overall question is, how good are our walk-ons?

Pete,
I read in your article that O'Darris D'Haiti is a walk on. The other day you mentioned a walk on from Braddock getting a lot of playing time. Overall, how big has the walk on contribution been for FIU? It seems to me that they have been very helpful. I remember Cristobal saying something to the effect that the walk on program here could be the best in the state. My basic overall question is, how good are our walk ons?

Wow, just wow so far. I am so freaken happy about our accomplishments thus far. Let’s keep it up FIU!

FIU 17 Middle 13

Close one but I think the home field advantage will be the difference in this game.

Pete, quick question:

Have you seen an increase in traffic for your blog as of late?
Where do you stand in comparison to the other blogs at the Herald?

Again, GO FIU!

PP, I agree with you that the tone for the game was set on the first drive of the game as we marched down the field against UNT. I do disagree to some extent about the 'kill shots'; those blows knocked their QB out and probably left him a bit gun shy the rest of the game as well as dislodging their running back from the ball after he had made a substantial gain. Nothing like one of those shots to get the whole team jacked.

To the GPP community, please stop predicting the rest of the season, I know it's cliche but it's the most classic of traps to look beyond your next opponent. We need a big crowd at the Cage on Saturday to help this team ride their current wave of emotion and momentum.

Everybodies now scouting FIU, we need to be scouting MTSU. They beat Maryland at home, they lost by 6 at Kentucky on the road. Their defense looks pretty good and their offense can score.

We need no traps and a lot of emotion in the cage come Saturday Night.

Go Panthers !!!

So here is the deal.......
this game may be the difference between turning this season into something special or be prepared for the up and downs that come with SBC play. Also, did anyone notice MC's penalty when he lost control on the sidlines in Texas?

Pete

I would also like to know if you have noticed an increase in reads over time. And how do we rank overall.

Also, in your opinion, what game would we have to win to prove we are good. In other words, losing to Iowa doesn't prove much, but beating NT doesn't really help us compare to good SBC teams. Which team would we have to beat to prove we are good?

Excellent points FIUFan, they are clearly MUCH better than people seem to be giving them credit for. Especially Maryland, which may come out as the ACC winner.

Congrats FIU on your recent success - you played and beat teams ranked #116 and #119 out of 120 according to Rivals.

My prediction this week:

MTSU 35
FIU 17

This game is surely a tough one to call. However, hoping that we get a huge turnout from students, alumni and fans and BANKING on this turnout to help FIU have its 12th man, I predict:

FIU 23
MTSU 20

I think several field goals on both sides. Pete answer this: Why is Julian Reams on kick-offs with TY Hilton? I understand you may want two returners; however a combo of TY and Alonzo Phillips seems more logical. Speed + Speed equal a possible long run.

GO FIU!!!

Why are you so negative ridgepanther? Did the coaching staff do something to you? MC knows he can have penalties like that; he's just a passionate coach.

Thank You for the kudos The U24/7! I'd also like to extend my congrats on your heroic victories over the likes of Charleston Southern and Texas A&M. You sure are setting the example as a powerhouse in the ACC...

The U24/7 is a moron..... the Canes are pathetic.

TheChampionUnderdog please explain how the canes are pathetic. Losses to UF and FSU, that makes a team pathetic?

The number 1 recruiting class in the country - first round picks every year for 14 years - more players in the NFL than any other college program - 5 nat'l championships - longest home game win streak in history - please explain to me how the canes are pathetic.

You have to read the hilarious comments on Manny's blog, LOL - trouble in paradise ? What's funny is that RS uses the excuse that he's got young kids playing...sound familiar ? Then again the expectations are different when you inherit an 0 -12 team as opposed to a program with 5 Nat'l titles...

Someone earilier mentioned not to look ahead and make predictions. Thing is, my comments are directed at fans not the team. MTSU can be a turning point for the season. We need people involved and understanding what is at stake here ??

The FIU community needs to SEIZE this moment and get out there for saturday's game and support this team.

The U24/7,

Congrats UM on your recent success, you beat teams ranked #87 (Texas A&M) and...eh well a team ranked well beyond #120...perhaps in the 200s, not sure where Charleston Southern, being a Division II team, is ranked. lol

You guys ARE pathetic, especially considering you have the #1 recruiting class in the country you should be a top 25 team.

You're also a bunch of babies...did you see one of your guys crying on the sidelines during the first quarter because you were down 21-0? lol that was hilarious! he was actually crying, tears running underneath his eyes and all.

Hey, UM, THERE'S NO CRYING IN FOOTBALL!!!!!

Sam Shields should start for UCG !!!

He's clutch.

Past scUM success and championships does not equal future ones...snap into reality. scUM IS pathetic, not was, IS.

Quijote - do you understand college football at all dude? The #1 recruiting class in the country takes a year or two to pan out and make a real difference. I knew you didn't know how to read and write beyond a third grade level, but I figured you at least knew a little about college football.

And just so we are clear, Texas A&M was ranked #80 - not #87.

As far as comparing the rest of the schedules for both schools here are the breakdowns and rankings per Rivals

UM plays

Va Tech #20
Wake Forrest #23
Georgia Tech #24
Duke #68
NC State #73
Virginia #90
UCF #105

FIU plays

Ark. State #84
Troy #85
Middle Tenn #93
Lousiana lafayette #98
FAU #104
Lousiana Monroe #113
West Kentucky #117

Okay, so for all you idiots out there in FIU dreamland - please do not compare the schedule/records/or Universities anymore. FIU plays nobody because they are nobodies. Be happy with wins over teams ranked in #115 to #120 range while the big boys are playing teams with heartbeats.

Pete
Sorry to ask another question. I know you're a busy guy but I was wondering if the Herald and you have explored a FIU podcast (video or just audio.) I figure the more us readers demand from you, the more the Herald has to pay you. Maybe? HA HA. I'm just another one of these FIU freaks that wants more FIU.

Ah Crazy back to his old ways! Welcome back bud!!!

CrazyCane,

You know what 2 - 10 gets Dah U ???

A NEW coach for you sissies !! I just love how you continue to insist that there is no comparison between UCG and a school playing ball for 7 years...

Yet, you go and dig up stats etc.....

Let's examine this, FIU sneaks into a bowl game this year and UCG is sitting at home ?

So what if it's the New Orleans bowl or Maxipad Bowl, I don't care. Only bowl you're gonna see is your season getting flushed down the toilet bowl by incompetent coaches !!

I supposed FAU crushing Memphis last year was not evidence enough that our conference can be competitive.

No- it wasn't - it was evidence that FAU was competitive last year - not your conference.

SunBelt is almost as competitive as the ACC this year lol how many top tier programs are in the ACC this year ONE...TWO?! In fact, Sunbelt beat ACC earlier this year...and one of your best ACC mind you.

crazy,

fiu is in its third year of D-1 football....

the Canes have no good excuse as to why theyve been so pathetic the past two years.

and you will lose all of those games except for UCF and Virginia... and perhaps duke

CrazyCane, how convenient of you to leave out that we played #15 Kansas and #20(before #10) South Florida. Another thing, I saw Virginia is on the Canes schedule, is that same Virginia(#90...i think should be higher in the 100's)that beat you 48-0 last year? What was Randy Shannon's excuse?

Good game tonight, FAU vs Troy. My money is on Troy, nothing seems to be going right for FAU.

GO FIU!!!

Oh I forgot, another attorney or lawyer wanna-be ??

FAU, conference....whatever !!

So after you lose to the Mighty Knights ranked what ?? #90th, you guys should drop below them.......

LOL, Randy has lost that team and his coaches know it. He bamboozeled his way into that job and got Soldinger, Kehoe and Coker fired for what ?? So he could right the ship.........

CrazyscUM, nobody outside of the coaching staff wanted that job anyway !!

FIUBlueandGold - yeah, I'm sure Schiano is happy he stayed at Rutgers. Please - you FIU idiots win two games against teams that are two of the worst in college football and you think you are worl beaters.

And as for you FIUJM - I guess I have to add you to the readers on this bloig with no sense and no education which taught reading comprehension. I posted the rest of the schedule, as in, games remaining. I also left off UF and FSU and NC from Miami's list moron.

At least you realize that UCF will own U.

"FIU Idiots" real mature....I like flithy scUM bags better.


You have to be kidding me, nobody here is talking FIU is going to win a national championship. We're on a 2 game winning streak; nothing wrong with that. You should just worry about your coach at UM and trying to be .500 this year. If you guys lose to UCF, you watch how your fan base is asking for Shannon's firing.

By the way, Coker had top 5 recruiting classes and where did that get him? It's not all about recruiting, someone has to coach them up. Many Canes fans feel the same way I do.

Drop the Miami talk, please. I beg of you wonderful FIU people. PLEASE.

Hey LAY OFF UM fans...they are on a two game streak too!!

A TWO GAME LOSING STREAK. bwahahahahaha.

Let's get our third string quarterback ready!!!

I should know better to ignored that idiot who is a bad representation of their fan base. Not all Canes fans are scUMs.

Quijote: Pete, I hope you got my last question, looks like I just got it in before you updated the blog.
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I answered it right after you asked it on the previous blog.

TheChampionUnderdog: Pete, seems like we got pretty banged up with little canada, robert mitchell, and chris cawthorn going down..... it would be a huge blow to the team not have them going into saturday.

im going to hold my predictions untill i know their statuses
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No problem. Should have updates on the 3 later today.

FIUrulez: Pete, I read in your article that O'Darris D'Haiti is a walk-on. The other day you mentioned a walk-on from Braddock getting a lot of playing time. Overall, how big has the walk-on contribution been for FIU?
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The Braddock walk-on is Jonathan Nieves who blocked a FG at Iowa.

MC has been able to find some players with the walk-on program. And that's not a surprise, because of all the high school talent in Florida that may not get an immediate shot with colleges. With the aggressiveness and work ethic of the FIU coaching staff, it would not be a shock if they develop a top-notch walk-on program.

Gold: Pete, quick question: Have you seen an increase in traffic for your blog as of late? Where do you stand in comparison to the other blogs at the Herald?
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Get a traffic cop, because traffic is definitely up on the GPP. Overall, on the daily rankings, the GPP ranks anywhere from No. 7 to No. 11 among the 48 MH blogs. Each day has a new ranking, but it's usually between 7 and 11.

FIUFan: I do disagree to some extent about the 'kill shots'; those blows knocked their QB out and probably left him a bit gun shy the rest of the game as well as dislodging their running back from the ball after he had made a substantial gain. Nothing like one of those shots to get the whole team jacked.
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I was referring to the kill shots by the FIU DBs...the other kill shots on the QB are necessary, because it will make the QB gun shy. The ones by the DBs on RBs and WRs did not bring any NT player down. NT got an extra 10+ yards on a couple of those plays. They can't do that against a solid Middle Tennessee team.

FIUFPL: Pete, I would also like to know if you have noticed an increase in reads over time. And how do we rank overall.

Also, in your opinion, what game would we have to win to prove we are good.
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See my reply to Gold on the blog rankings above.

Beating Middle Tennessee would be a good start. However, if FIU were to beat Troy at Troy in 2 weeks, then we can say the Golden Panthers have a legitimate shot at a Sun Belt title this season.

But 1 GAME AT A TIME folks, as losers of 23 of 24 in the last 2 years, FIU is in NO position to be overlooking anyone.

Ultimate FIU Fan: Pete answer this: Why is Julian Reams on kick-offs with TY Hilton? I understand you may want two returners; however a combo of TY and Alonzo Phillips seems more logical. Speed + Speed equal a possible long run.
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The coaching staff likes the power and burst that JR gets when he gets a running start on kickoffs.

Blue25 like Anthony Gaitor and Jeremy Dickens has been on some kick returns, but right now T.Y. and JR are the 1st teamers.

I do understand what y'all saying about the kill shots, but how did we force a lot of these fumbles? These shots i wont call the kill shots per say jar the ball loose. Sometimes you gotta put your hat on the ball.

What the D needs to do is have the D-line watch the ball and stop listening to the snap count, because they seem to be jumping offside.

FIUrulez: Pete, Sorry to ask another question. I know you're a busy guy but I was wondering if the Herald and you have explored a FIU podcast (video or just audio.)
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The MH (David Quinones, the MH's video guy) did a video/audio cast of the 1st game at FIU Stadium. You can check it out at the MH's FIU page. He's the man with the camera. I'll try and get him out to more FIU games for audio/video.

We're an infant football program, 3 years into Div-1A, no tradition, no legacy... and we still play one of the toughest schedules and are trying to improve every year.

The U, with its decades of football experience, 5 national championships, excellent recruiting classes is 2-3, 0-2 in their weak conference and has lost 2 home games in a row.

FIU, has won 2 games in a row, being away, and both of those teams were Div-1A.

Sorry, don't think you can sit on your little canes pedestal and look down on us. That kind of behavior is pathetic.

It's like a college student beating up on a toddler. Grow up. Go post something on the Gators or Noles blog. Oh wait, you can't, because they both spanked you up and you would look foolish boasting to them about what you did 10 years ago.

UM fans,

I find it hilarious that every time i talk to any of you, you always bring up the 5 natl championships etc etc. Honestly thats great, however i think you should stop worrying about the past and look to the future. You had the #1 recruiting class and i truly applaud it, now what are you going to do with it?
I know UM fans say that we are the worst team, that we had to recruit our coach from UM, and that we haven't won anything. Remember one thing, this football program only has a 7 year history so stop criticizing it so much.

Finally, I truly hope that the UM fans that write on here are actual UM students or alumni because all of us here actually have a relationship to our school.

FIUfantastic did you really say that you play one of the toughest schedules? That was a joke right?

CrazyCane,

The only joke these days is your team.

Pantera, they don't have any relationship.

They are just a bunch of bandwagon fans that think they went to the school because they bought a Canes shirt at the Flea Market for $3.00.

We have ppl like CrazyCane constantly read our blogs and check our updates because they simply can't get enough of us. They have had such a terrible year in football I can't say I blame them for taking it out on other ppl.

We have FIU, that has been in Div 1A for 3 years, and is 2-3 losing to the #16 and #19 team in the nation and beating TWO Div1A teams.

Then we have UM, with a 2-3 record losing to #11 and #22 team in the nation and beating ONE Div1A.

Hahahahhahah.

Of course, I fully expect him to reply with something like "Ohhhhhh yea....wellllllllllllll.... atleast we won the NC in 1987." Congratulations sir, I'll make sure to send you some flowers so you can celebrate.

I was referring to the kill shots by the FIU DBs...the other kill shots on the QB are necessary, because it will make the QB gun shy. The ones by the DBs on RBs and WRs did not bring any NT player down. NT got an extra 10+ yards on a couple of those plays. They can't do that against a solid Middle Tennessee team.

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Ah Pete, you need to take another look at the film. If I remember correctly UNT had just completed some type of screen to a running back and he was about 15 yrds down field when he was lit-up by two FIU DB's, the ball came loose, we recovered and #5 layed one the field out cold for what seemed like minutes.

UNT, to their credit never quit, but after that we were playing pretty much 2nd and 3rd teamers for the balance of the game. That blow pretty much sealed the deal.

Go Panthers !!!

The only thing worst than ucg fans talking about their 5 national championships are the Dolphins talking about 1972 when most people who live Miami were not even born or in America at that time. But to each its own.
We are moving in the right direction and I think we can win this Saturday, I know they are supposed to be better, proven etc, etc, but I think our team has the heart and athletic avility to win this game, and hopefully, it is up to us fans, the homefield advantage that has eluded our team most of it brief history.
Any defensive player has the mind set to hit hard and force the fumbles, make the big play, get the intesection, one of those hard hits forced a fumble and another sent the qb out and made shell shock, but I agree you can't do those on the open field, you got to wrap and tackle, make the stop and stop their bug play rather than make your own. I think our defense and special teams can hold their own against MTSU at the cage. But some of the receivers need to step up and run their routs and be more aware, Rolle and PM were not on the same page a couple of times saturday and against a better team, that could result on interceptions. I think Ned is better finding the holes and make the plays.
I am pump for Saturday, I wish I could be there, but Wallstreet is keeping me grounded. Lets go FIU

CrazyCane and UM24/7, stop wasting your time over here on this blog and start channeling that energy into writing your athletics director to SCHEDULE FIU again!!!

Your beloved school is RUNNING AWAY like frightened school girls from FIU and you're talking about what happened in the 1980's. Wake up! You drop FIU to play Charleston Southern?? How do you defend that? Seriously. But congratulations on your meaningless, hollow victory. I guess you have to get them somehow these days.

Until UM puts FIU back on its schedule, your program is a joke. Even though you guys will be first in line for FIU season tickets in a few years, you'll always be Canes losers to me.

FIUFan: I don't think Pete was referring to the shots on the QB's. I was the one who mentioned it in the last blog, and the kill shots I was referring to were mostly in the secondary and with the LB's. I assume PP was saying likewise. If you are going to go for a kill shot, the QB's the best bet since he's usually more stationary, but I don't like the practice in general. People start getting big heads and try to get on SportsCenter. Usually, it ends up being on SC, but after they've missed and the other team scores a big TD. Tackling is good enough, thank you very much. :)

Way to go FIU!!!! Guys, let's try to ignore the mutual attorneys/noisemakers that come here, now it total frustration about how both teams's seasons are heading on right now....

Let's focus on continued improvement on FIU, and to show up in force on Saturday to try and help our team against MTSU. This is a much tougher game than UNT, and remember the type of drubbing they gave us last season....

Go FIU!!

I don't know about yall, but I am 100% convinced we are going to win this Sat. I have no doubt whatsoever.

I hope I see lots of people out there!

I don't know if anyone had anything updated about mitchell and cawthon's injuries but I saw Mitchell with his left arm in a sling monday and Cawthon will be out he has some partial or fully tear or tears in his knee and he for sure won't be playing saturday.

FIUFloridaPower&Light: Your question's an easy answer, my man. Troy or FAU. We beat either or both and then we can talk about being the cream of the SBC crop. We're still a ways away from that. One game at a time, peeps. MT's certainly a contender for the conference crown. We can't overlook these guys. They did beat FAU. Even if it was kind of fluky.

I forgot that Pete's answering questions in the comments section now. So much for my earlier post. Now I look like a retard. Oh, well. Nowhere I haven't been before. :)

Anyway... I like our chances of winning on Saturday. For one, Dasher's not under center. It'll be Craddock. Dasher was the guy who killed FIU last season. Nothing against Craddock... I consider him one of the better SBC QB's... but FIU has a history of probs with mobile QB's, and that is definitely not Craddock. He's a pocket passer. If the GP's get in the pocket, Craddock should have a miserable day, and we're capable of doing that. And, by the way, they're not a good rushing team. I can definitely see us holding MT to under 20.

The FIU O's going to be the X-factor in this game. MT's D held FAU in check for most of their game. We have to play well on offense or else it's curtains. I would do screens early... get heat off the QB and make the D think twice about rushing the passer... especially if we're tossing to Hilton. Or maybe a deep ball off the bat to Hilton. Or maybe a Hilton end-around. Or... well, just give Hilton the damn ball!

I hope the crowd's a good one. It would certainly be a start. But, either way, the W is the key. Get the W's and the fans will take care of themselves.

Key to the game:

score more than your opponent

This insight is brought to you by the C.O.O.K.T.G. - Commisssion On Obvious Key to Games

Hey does anyone know where we can listen to or watch Saturdays game? We won't be there for the game and was wondering how else we can enjoy the game...thanks

The loss to Middle Tennessee last year was the low point of the season. Don't forget that we were down 47-0 at halftime.

This year's team needs to send a message with this game.

Pete, here I go again: what's the status of Cedric Mack this week?

Promo from FIU for Saturday's game:

The athletic department is looking to fill FIU Stadium by running the "Pack the House" promotion.

As part of this promotion, all FIU students will receive free admission to the game and they will be allowed to bring one guest. In addition, FIU alumni will be admitted into the game free of charge as will be any high school football team. Furthermore, all FIU staff can purchase as many tickets as they want for just $1 per ticket.

SouthPaw: Pete, here I go again: what's the status of Cedric Mack this week?

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Nothing new. He did not practice today and he is not expected to play vs. Middle Tennessee. Look for CM to redshirt this season.

Injury updates: Robert Mitchell (bruised shoulder) practiced today and will play Saturday. Toronto Smith (sprained ankle) did not practice, but MC said "He's good to go".

Hey Pete/Board...Anyone know whether this Saturday's game will be available on Panther pass? I just went to fiusports.com and could not find it on the schedule. It'd be nice to watch for us "out-of-towners!" Thank you so much for any help!!!

PETE!!!!! If UM loses on Saturday (which im sure they will) and FIU wins (which the might) can we please get more coverage in the Herald? How many friggin people does it take to write the same thing? There was one tiny article about FIU in Sunday's paper, but UM had about 4 or 5 people writing the same thing and making the same excuses for why UM cant win. I know we "cant eat the cheese", but for once we actually have it. The bandwagoners in Miami need to know that FIU football finally has cheese. The UM brownnosers at the herald are handing UM cheese, well FIU has finally earned their cheese.

MORE FIU STORIES IN THE HERALD PLEASE!!!. thanks.

alt...

I like provolone myself.

hey everyone, is there a theme for the game.. like "gold Rush" "white out" etc. whats everyone thinking?

Please don't call #4 "Good-Bye".

It's foolish names like those that stick and then the player can never shake it.

Just call him T.Y.

Pete - is this promotion

"As part of this promotion, all FIU students will receive free admission to the game and they will be allowed to bring one guest. In addition, FIU alumni will be admitted into the game free of charge as will be any high school football team. Furthermore, all FIU staff can purchase as many tickets as they want for just $1 per ticket."

Being done b/c people do not care enough about the GPanthers to buy the tickets or because the fans of FIU, who are mostly FIU grads, cannot afford the $6-$15 it would normally cost to go to a game? Whats next, in order to get people to the game they are going to give out free food, maybe they could provide all fans who show up an opportunity to run on the feild at halftime. Im telling you, promotions like these just go to show how desperate FIU really is to create an appearance of relevancy.


hey crazycane.. normally ill give you credit when its due but imma have to tell you.. if UM doesnt watch out they are goin to have to do the same i saw the NC game.. the stadium lowerdeck was scattered fans and the upper deck was vacant. what FIU is doing is trying to get as many people ot the game.. lets face it cc.. we are goin after the same fan base and we BOTH know how fickle and fairweather is the Miami Fan Base.. you have to do whatever it takes to get seats in the stands. and do it enough and start producing on the feild you wait for the right time to start charging.. starting low so they dont think its that big of a deal and then get them hooked. i mean i dont know bout now exactly.. but when i started FIu 4 yrs ago.. they did have one of the better business schools in the country.. so i dont think they would offer something for free unless they know they can get a good clientel from it later

Crazy Cane,

Thanks for pointing that out. By the way, how is the two game losing skid working out for you? Maybe UM should give away tickets to fill up your home games. Maybe that will translate into wins, maybe?

Again, thanks for pointing that out, have a nice day.

Funny that Crazy Cane points that out, I believe it was for the first game of the season that UCG gave out a crazy number of free tickets. Am I mistaken or can someone provide the info of just how many free tickets were given out for that one. CrazyCane, stick to your blog.

Max - do your own homework. Don't make random claims without any support.

That is like me coming on here and saying isn't it true that FIU athletes are getting paid for playing well by the FIU administration? I may be mistaken, but can someone provide the info on just how much the players are getting paid for scoring a touchdown or a sack.

See how stupid I sound - now go read your comment - you sound just as dumb.

CJ - while I appreciate your post - please remember that Dolphin stadium seats approx. 3 times the amount of the Cage and that FIU has approx. three times the amount of students and alumni. These promotions should not be necessary for a school of FIU's size and local alumnus to fill 20,000 + seats.

I can't wait for Saturday. Let's play explosive.

Go FIU!

CrazyscUMbag,

The only desperation is your fear that FIU will surprise people over the next few years and become the darling of South Florida that everyone wants a date with.

It's our stadium, FIU can charge whatever they want....Your team leases a concrete block on a landfill for 6 dates a year !!

LOL, all those years of success and UCG never managed to put those big paydays to use. Don't give me the garbage about being in Coral Gables either. Where there is a WILL, there is WAY !!! They could of built a compact stadium accessible via the metrorail to aleviate traffic issues...

Keep hating sissie, everyone starts somewhere right ? I was at the OB in the late 70s as a kid against East Carolina, Cincinnati and Houston and that place might of had 25K. No one was ripping Schnelly in his first few seasons, because there were no expectations.

Randy Shannon and his staff of donkeys are destined to vault UCG into IRRELEVANCE !!!

Next year don't come at us with the schedule crap either - BAMA, UF and USF on the road !!!

(Pete) for extra credit points:

UCF - 31 UCG 0

CC i konw the size differential and understand that in FIU stadium you guys could have filled it w/ the fans you did have at the UNC game.. however, you cant deny that it takes a great deal of time to build a fan base.. UM has simply been around longer.. at risk of saying something w/ no facts behind it (being that i wasnt alive at the time) but i wouldnt doubt that UM might have taken the same measure when they first started thier programs.. or maybe not.. seing how this town at the time only had the dolphins and were in need of a college team. but im sure that UM probably did have such types of promotions in their past when they were trying to expand their fan base.. that is simply what FIU is trying to do. and the fact that FIU is only in its 7th year it still has time to grow.. it will take time simply as i have said manytimes before.. i was raised a cane.. as im sure most other FIU fans were.. as im sure most people in MIami were. it will take time to get people to be raise a Golden panther. you will get the support now from FIU alum., FIU Students and with every year that # will grow.. but you will truely see a jump in our fan base in the next generation. when our children were raised a Golden Panther.

hey guys lay of the guy.. dont stoop to the level of attacking fans from other teams.. remember keep it classy hold the standard of an FIU fan higher than that of any other school. have a discussion. if they attack continue YOUR discussion.

When a roach is parading around the dinner table, you have no choice other than to grab some RAID and euthanize.

And the award for the dumbest comment ever on this blog goes to FIUBlueandGold for this gem -

"Randy Shannon and his staff of donkeys are destined to vault UCG into IRRELEVANCE !!!"

Yeah - the guy recruits the #1 class b/c he is making UM irrelevant. You have to smarter then that. But then again, you go/went to FIU, so maybe you aren't.

lol I can always count on CrazyCane to bring a smile to my face during a stressfull workday.

Anyone catch the FAU game last night? Lots of poor decisions on FAU's behalf. They aren't looking HALF the team they were last year, which is odd because its almost the same team. FOUR fumbles. Not sure if Troy is the SunBelt power, because FAU was playing like North Texas last night...Troy should've killed.

He is making them irrelevant because he can't coach !! How many #1 classes did ND have in the 80s and 90s and what did that produce for them ? Not much.

I guess 4 - 8 could be considered improvement for UCG since the only kids making plays are Frosh and Sophomores... Welcome to our world, Strock left us nothing and Coker left you top talent that was obviously either over-rated or uncoachable ??

PAINT THE PICTURE.......

Some desperate fans from other school(s) are tyring to come here and release their obvious frustrations...To add to their mental situation...and craziness...FIU, for some reason beyond their realm of imagination...has won two AWAY games in a row!!! Oh my God!!! Some of these deranged fans from other schools, of course, predicted FIU to lose every game of the season, because you know..."FIU is the worst team and will forever be the worst team of the natio"...or some similar childish, uneducated, and dumb comment like that....

Thing is, we have won two games so far this season...Folks, that is what I "predicted" before the season, with 3-4 wins being the norm by most FIU "prognosticators". It could very well be that we don't win any more games the rest of the season, or just 1 or maybe 2 more. Either way, with the obvious improvement shown, even in the USF loss, I think I've almost seen enough to feel good about FIU's future.

Of course, where we are now, I want more and more!!! And that is where us showing up, and rooting hard as heck comes into play in home games such as the MTSU...maybe we can account for some help, which maybe can help in some way the game is played....If...and that is IF we can beat MTSU, then we would be in fairly good SBC position, for the first time EVER...

That is an improvement by itself...of course, then I will want more and more.....

Go FIU!!! The days of going on the road and automatically losing are over!!!!

TDAOS!!!! LOL!

PP is absolutley correct, one game at A time. though at home in the heat, FIU should be able to pull off the win. then it is on to TROY.

I don't want to think ahead and become overly confident, but imagine (or dream) just for a moment, the following scenario:

2007: Last team in SunBelt, WORST team in entire DIV 1 College Football

2008: Sunbelt Champions

Mario would get coach of the year honors, and would deservingly win it.

Man I get goose bumps just thinking of that. I know I know, baby steps...let's focus on getting the cage PACKED this weekend and giving them the homefield advantage they deserve!!!

PAINT THE PICTURE, QUIJOTE, PAINT THE PICTURE........

Please stop painting pictures. One game at a time. No sun belt champ, no bowl game, no troy, JUST MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE University AND THAT IS IT. MTSU is our schedule, our entire schedule. There is no one else on it.

We can't afford to speak about any of this champ stuff and have our players and fans over look the game in front of us.

Remember, we don't need to have the best players or be the best team in the sun belt or the nation. We just need to be the best team in the stadium on Saturdays.

I agree with Gold,

You are setting yourself up to a huge disappointment like FAU with everyone predicting Sun Belt champs in 08 and they are DEAD LAST behind North Texas.

One game at a time. Just 2 wins and we are already an improvement over last year. FIU makes a lot of costly mistakes which leaves 55-70 yds on the field.

Lets just hope to play solid football against a team that is coming off a big victory.

FIU is actually favored this week by 1.5pts. That's crazy, that's two weeks in a row. Vegas is noticing improvement!!!


I can't hold it back, for the UM fans who are beating their chest on their once mighty hurricanes please, get lost. Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

1) YOU can't fill your own stadium
2) YOU have not beaten anyone significant this year
3) YOU have a losing record
4) YOU have lost 2 in a row

And YOU know what? Even if we lose every game this year going forward WE still love and are connected to OUR team, as opposed to YOU which, lets face it, are fans of the U like one would be a fan of a semi-pro football team. Ya you root for them when they are up BUT there is no connection since YOU did not attend their school (which I am assuming you did not). You are mercenaries, willing to go and root for the "flavor of the day", that is what UM fans are.

Pete,

When do you think we can look forward to an FIU basketball preview?

Thanx

Crazy Cane-

Do you know how many years in a row Notre Dame has had #1 recruting classes and how far did that get them.

Did you know how many top 10 recruiting classes Larry Coker had (fyi all of them) in his years at UM and how far did that get him.

So before you talk about Randy Shannon and his great Northwestern Class (we can't call it recruiting class) lets give it a few years. So maybe you don't know what you are talking about when you talk football.

By the way who will transfer first Harris or Marve because they are both freshmen who won't want to sit for four years. Shannon does not want to make Harris mad that is the only reason he plays a few series each game bc if he transfers how will he be able to recruit South FLorida (Northwestern) again.

Jacory is transferring according to NW players comments on myspace !!!!

Transfer to FIU!

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