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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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I just hope we have a good turnout this weekend... These guys deserve to have a good crowd to play in front of. They played great this year and you can tell we are going in the right direction. We need to show them we are there to support them.

I will be there for sure..... I never miss a game. However, I am having real difficulty finding people to go with me this week. Everyone is wrapped up with finals....

well see how it turns out. Im just looking forward to a good game.

Pete, I like your pick.

FIU 37 Western Kentucky 19

MAN LAW!

NO1 CARES

FIU 35
WKU 7

I know, who would have thought

If you want to know the best measure of the direction FIU is going in, know that, with a W tomorrow, they'll have matched their highest win total in one year. Two of Strock's teams got to 5 wins, and Mario's done it in his second year.

I think we get to 5. WKU usually gives us problems (if the other games in this series are any indication), but they're still transitioning from a I-AA power to a SBC team. Most of us know full well that process can take a while. I wouldn't be surprised if, eventually, WKU turns into a top-level SBC team. But FIU should get there first. I like us closing the year out with a W, like last year, and I like them winning big.

FIU 42, WKU 14

Pete,

Stuck at the office once again...what internet options do we have?

Thanx

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COME ON STUDENTS, WHEN STUDYING TO TAKE FINALS ONE NEEDS A LITTLE BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE.
THE GAME LASTS THREE HOUR. WITH A TWO HOUR BREAK, YOU CAN AT LEAST SEE THE PREGAME WARM-UPS, SUPPORT YOUR BAND PREGAME SHOW AND TEAM FOR HALF A GAME. YOU CAN GET BACK TO YOUR BOOKS
AT HALF TIME.

COME ON GOLDEN PANTHERS SUPPORT YOUR TEAMS!!!

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Just win baby, WIN!

Hi Guys! Come out and meet your FIU Golden Dazzlers and cheerleaders at 8pm on December 11 as we reveal our 2009 swimsuit calendar.

Hi Guys! Come out and meet your FIU Golden Dazzlers and cheerleaders at 8pm on December 11 as we reveal our 2009 swimsuit calendar.

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FIU 38
WKU 24

Damn I wish I could go see the dazzlers! The women up here in Tennessee look like they all just got out of a NASCAR event! Man, I miss FIU.

Come on boys, close out the year with a win!

GO FIU!

fiu dazzler, how do I order a calendar?

FIU Dazzler,

Want to go out on a date?

FIU appears to be in the hunt for Northwesterns Wayne Times. The kid is straight nasty and paired up with TY it should be a sick duo. He plays WR, QB, Punt returner, CB, etc. Kid is all over the field. UM is evaluating him now. But for now he's leaning towards FIU because he has no offer from UM.

He'd be a steal if you all land him.

FIU 40
WK 24

Interesting info, 305cane. Thanks for the info, and welcome to this board....

FIU 38
WKU 14

One week! One week! And the FAU has not left me. How many days until we play FAU again?

FIU 34
Western Kentucky 17

305Cane, he's leaning towards FIU because NOT because UM hasn't offered him a scholarship, but rather because UM SUCKS!!!

Quijote.. be nice to the new member of the board.. thanks 305cane

The article in the highschool section says that the Northwestern kids like to play at THE CAGE

Is Pete doing a live blog today?

whats goin on w/ panther pass?

ok panther pass is up and running!

3 and out for the Panthers D

don't forget to cheer for the Owls who are in a bowl!

Once again a lousy crowd at the last home game of a WINNING team. How do you expect to get top recruits to come to this place. Don't expand the stadium, take seats out so one day it might sell out.

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