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Finish On Top Of The Hill

Fiuhelmet A simple six-letter word that if followed would have had your Golden Panthers going bowling somewhere Sunday night -- that's when all the bowl matchups are announced.

Alas, while the bowl hopes were dashed last week, FIU gets one more chance to f-i-n-i-s-h. Didn't Aretha Franklin write a song about that? No, I know she didn't.Af

Anyways, finishing  with a W would be a nice way to end the 2008 season for FIU. The Golden Panthers host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who will become Sun Belt Conference members next season.

WK is in its 90th season of football, but this may be one of its more forgettable seasons with a 2-9 record. The Toppers have lost 7 straight games and all 4 of their Sun Belt games this season, however in those SBC games WK's losing margin has been by an average of 9 points.

So FIU better not stroll into FIU Stadium thinking it has a scrimmage on its hands with the London Silly Fg Nannies or this could be another kick in the gut and this one will last until and probably after the season opener at Alabama next season.

My gut feeling is the Golden Panthers have learned the painful lessons of underestimating (ULM) and not finishing a game (FAU) and will come out with a lot of emotion and will execute in this game.

Speaking to a writer that covers WK the other day, he says if FIU makes WK pass then the Golden Panthers D should suffocate the Toppers, because WK's strength is its option running game.

Now FIU must stop the option-run game which it has not always been able to. Getting Marshall McDuffie and Jeremiah Weatherspoon back will help the pass and run D.

The FIU O should be OK after hanging 50 last week. Goodbye needs just 31 yards to become the 1st FIU player ever with 1,000 yards receiving. Goodbye gets that record in the 1st quarter and we'll hear the AOL sign-off at least twice on Saturday night -- which you know what that means.

GPP thinks: FIU 37, Western Kentucky 19


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