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No Place Like Home

Logo Most of the new FIU non-conference football schedule is out and it's all BCS and Central Florida. Of the 20 OOC Ucf_2 games FIU plays between 2010-2014, 12 have been scheduled and all the matchups are an equal number of home-and-home games.

Am PG said that FIU will only schedule home-and-home games from now on to give the Golden Panthers an average of 6 homers per year and in some seasons it could be 8 home games, if we count the Florida Atlantic game as a home game since its either at FIU or at Dolphin Stadium.

FIU is in talks with teams from the SEC, Pac-10 and other ACC and Big East teams to fill out the Ul_3 remaining 8 games. Again with the deal being that the Golden Panthers will play an equal number of times at that team's stadium and an equal Duke number of times at FIU Stadium.

Here's the sked, let's hear what you think:

2010 - at Texas A&M; at UCF (2 games left to fill).

2011 - home vs. UCF; at Louisville; home vs. Duke (1 game to fill).

2012 - at Duke; home vs. Louisville (2 games to fill).

2013 - home vs. Texas A&M; home vs. UCF (those are the 1st 2 games of the season); at Louisville (1 game to fill).

2014 - at UCF (season opener); home vs. Louisville (2 games to fill).

When FIU agrees to new OOC games, they will be posted on here.

Vote on the new OOC sked and tells us in the comments section which college football team, not listed, would you most like to see come play at FIU Stadium.

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wow pete great stuff.. i know i been a.w.o.l. for a bit but this schedule sounds great i cant wait to be at these games

Great scheduling! I love the future scheduling, these are all very tough but (hopefully) winnable games. At least, as the teams stand now.

its going to be great to have these teams play in fiu stadium also.... those are the kind of games that will fill seats.

As it stands now, those are all pretty beatable teams that play in respectable conferences. I predict right now that our first big OOC win will be at Texas A&M in 10'

Write that down!

Sounds good! Thanks for posting!

Here are my thoughts in capital letters:

2010 - at Texas A at UCF (2 games left to fill).

ONE MORE MID-TO-LOW TIER BSC CONFERENCE SCHOOL IS OK – THE OTHER GAME SHOULD BE AGAINST A C-USA, MAC OR WAC SCHOOL

2011 - home vs. UCF; at Louisville; home vs. Duke (1 game to fill).

THIS WOULD BE THE YEAR TO TAKE ON THE PAC TEN – ANY PAC TEAM OTHER THAN USC

2012 - at Duke; home vs. Louisville (2 games to fill).

AWAY AGAINST MID-TO-LOW TIER BIG 10 OR SEC TEAM, HOME VS. ANOTHER BIG EAST TEAM (COMPETING IN THE BIG EAST BOLDS WELL FOR FUTURE BOWL ALLIANCE)

2013 - home vs. Texas A home vs. UCF (those are the 1st 2 games of the season); at Louisville (1 game to fill).

AWAY AT ANOTHER BIG EAST TEAM – AGAIN, KEEP MAKING THE CASE TO THE BIG EAST THAT WE BELONG (HOPEFULLY BY THEN WE WILL)

2014 - at UCF (season opener); home vs. Louisville (2 games to fill).

ONE NATIONAL POWERHOUSE FROM ANY BCS CONFERENCE AWAY AND ONE HOME GAME AGAINST ANOTHER BIG EAST TEAM

Wow...I must say I'm impressed with PG getting Louisville and Texas A& M to come to FIU to play. Interesting that ACC's own Duke...which plays against Miami as well....is coming to Miam...but to play FIU...I guess they will play in South Florida two years in a row...

Thanks for the info Pete!!! Great indeed!

FIU Fanatic, I think Duke will play us or ucg first, then they will stay in Miami for a week enjoying the weather and south beach, then will play the other team. They just schedule a heck of a vacation, or maybe the AD just have a time share in Miami

With this many OOC teams to chose from, I hope we never play UM again.

I hope they can work something wiht Maryland, so I can just drive to the game, rather than taking family vacation to go to Miami.

It is great that we are getting home and home games, that is the way to do it. I notice UM is conspicuously absent from our list. Oh well, like PG said "We're willing to play anyone, but they have to be willing to play us." Makes you think who is afraid of who here? I am thinking that when (not if) FIU improves that if there was a home and home with um that the game played at Dolphin Stadium will have as many, if not more, FIU fans then um fans. That is something that um is probably afraid of the most.

i think this is gr8 for FIU to be getting this national exposure but we almost must remember one very very important thing, the pot of gold for talent is here in Florida. Therefore, it is very very important that FIU really take that UCF game seriously because that could turn some recruits over to fiu ... although national exposure is good and its gr8 to have connections everywhere, we have to remember that every1 that knows anything about recruiting knows that FL is the hot spot and all teams from around the nation always try to get a handful of players from FL

Pete, I'm trying to leave a comment but the "anti spam filter" isn't allowing me to do so.

while this is a more competetive OOC sched. My question is this are we ltaking out the payouts by not playing the Alabamas of the world? are we finacially stable enough to do this at FIU?

I guess that is the message Pete Garcia is trying to send...that we can sustain our program's financial stability, without playing...NOT EVEN ONE of those 'money games'. I'm a bit surprised as well, since I expected at least one of those..if not yearly, every other year...maybe they can do that to help in budget stabilization. However, it seems the plan is to go ahead without those money games, try to win as many of the games as possible, and develop the FIU brand in a strong fashion locally.

Again, if this happens like the plan, I really like it. But it remains to be seen.

Thank you for the baseball blog, it was fun keeping up with the game. The team is going to be good this year and the conference is going to be down, a good combination for FIU. The team needs a leadoff hitter, more speed and a closer to be very good. Hopefully, TT has addressed all of that and I am sure he has since he knows a whole lot more about it than we do. Football has been fun and the baseball season is just around the corner.
Thanks again for your efforts,

Why not play the U??? I know there was a brawl but Mario is doing a great job and very soon the Panthers will be good. Think of the drama and the talent that would be on the field. A lot of these guys would be continuing old rivalries from high school.
Plus, think of the national t.v. exposure as well. It just makes sense.

eddie.. yes it would make sense.. the problem is UM dont want to play FIU.. simply b/c its not good for business. they stand to lose fans support and recruits with FIU rising.. so y aid them by giving FIU a chance at winning a game against them.. would only fuel that fire.. i would love to see this rivalry blossom.. but.. they would have to want to see it to .. and i dont think they will

F.I.U= Fraud International University= Cuban scums. Go Canes! it is, it always has been, it always will be... all about? The U!

UM is scared, period.

paolo u sure make um proud.

I'm most excited about any time we get to play in state teams.

Way to come on FIU blog and be a tough girl Paolo!!! Just worry about Wake Forrest.

Pete, thanks for baseball blog yesterday. Is there any walk-ons that played yesterday?

What PG is doing at FIU with scheduling is smart, as we get better...i can see us being on National TV.

GO FIU!!!

Hey CJ, are you a teacher?

Hey CJ, are you a teacher?

Great news for the Panthers! GO PANTHERS!

FIU sucks turf is one of the reason Miami/FIU will not get MLS.

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