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FIU vs. Rutgers Preview/Prediction

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Welcome to the FIU Golden Panthers Prowl. In case, you missed it in the



last post, FIU has a pretty good new running back in Jeremiah Harden for 2010. Read more about it in the previous post. OC FIU PANTHER read about Harden.

You remember that we ended the last post telling you that Rutgers's most famous alum is James Gandolfini, a.k.a. Tony Soprano (left). Well upon entering the New Jersey Turnpike on Friday afternoon I was greeted by a funeral procession taking up the entire middle lane of the NJ Pike. Did somebody get whacked?


Enough Soprano talk and death. We are here at the birthplace of college football -- Rutgers University -- where the first college football game in America was played in 1869 when Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4 in the first game of a two-game season. Princeton won the second game of the 1869 season, 8-0. The Rutgers team captain back then was William Leggett. FIU's offensive coordinator today is William Legg -- this doesn't really add to the story of the birthplace of college football, just thought it was an interesting coincidence.

The Scarlet Knights enter their 140th season of college football while your Panthers begin year No. 8.

You'll have a better understanding when you read the MH on Saturday or as soon they post the story tonight, but you could say that Rutgers is the re-birth place of FIU football. It was here back in 2001-2003 that MC and defensive coordinator Phil Galiano cut their teeth in college football coaching and in helping


RU head coach Greg Schiano bring to life a moribund Rutgers program.

As you can see by the progress of the past two years and the influx of talented recruits committing this week to FIU, that MC and co. seem to be doing just fine and are applying some of what they learned at RU.

Is Saturday the day that FIU football is re-born again at Rutgers with the Panthers first win against a BCS school? Well, let's see....Your game preview and prediction are coming a little late on Friday night/Saturday morning (3 a.m. EST GPP time) due to spending some time in New York City on Friday night.

So for Saturday, there will be no No. 17 for the Panthers. Dudley LaPorte has still not been cleared by the NCAA and the status of safety Ash Parker is still up in the air. Cedric Mack is here and he should help the O-line.

However, the biggest concern here for your Panthers is the size and aggressiveness of the Rutgers


offensive and defensive lines. Hey, let's throw out that funky math of 1.21 jiggawatts that some of you brought up on the last post about Cincy > Rutgers + FIU = Alabama (for 3 quarters) and Howard < everyone else. This is football people where the results do not carry over from one week to the other and you don't measure team A (Cincy) with team D (Bama) just because 2 teams that played against them are playing each other.

Rutgers right now is better than FIU and is ahead of FIU when it comes to size and depth -- and those are the 2 things that do not let me pick FIU in this game. Also, watch out for Rutgers QB Tom Savage. He is a good one and could give FIU's secondary some trouble.

Some of you are under the impression that just because Rutgers got annihilated by Cincy that FIU will do the same. Cincy is much better than Rutgers and FIU. Your Panthers are not at the stage where they can just walk into a stadium, dial up 30 points and start up the plane with a W going back to Miami. Maybe, in a few more years with more talent and depth that will be the case, but not now.

Could see FIU having more success on the ground against Rutgers than vs. Bama last week and could


see FIU getting more pressure on the passer, because RU is not as big or as talented as the Tide. But just can't see FIU doing enough this year vs. Rutgers.

In 2010, in the home opener at FIU Stadium, the Panthers take down the Scarlet Knights. Would it be a shock to see FIU go home happy Saturday night with a win? Absolutely not, FIU has the talent to beat Rutgers. I just don't think it will happen this season. Hope I'm wrong, because it makes my job easier and it will kill my aspiration of getting rich in Las Vegas when I'm 95 years old.

GPP thinks: Rutgers 28, FIU 17




LIVE GPP BLOG of the FIU/Rutgers game begins at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon or in about 14 hours.


FIU0406: Pete, Do you know when the Rick Sanchez Special about MC and PG going to air?

PP: You can ask Rick Sanchez yourself. He will be doing his CNN show LIVE from FIU on October 13, that's a Tuesday. The likely site of the show will be the Graham Center. No date has been set for the FIU report on CNN.

Lone Panther: Pete, what's with the sudden flux of players committing to the international? Is it due to the performance against Alabama? The great new facilities? Does MC know something that we don't know?

PP: Yes the performance against Bama had something to do with it. Heard FIU received a bunch of calls from players wanting to play down here after watching the FIU/Tide game. The facilities have also helped a lot in recruiting. Plus, who doesn't want to play football in the warm, beautiful weather at FIU. And yes, MC knows a lot about recruiting that we don't know.

Gold: Pete, Try and make it out to the Alumni Tailgate in Scarlet Square. It would be great to meet ya.

PP: Will try.



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Pete here is my prediction:

FIU 33
Rutgers 30

Go F I U !!

Btw I went to the UCG game this Thursday...Landshark Stadium Sucks lol, I can't wait for the first home game at FIU! FIU Stadium Rocks!!

Woke us early and ready this morning. I also have us losing today, but that doesn't mean I'm not hopeful,nor be in shock if we win. I just hope we play well,keep improving and make this game one for us to remember fondly.

Go FIU!!

Yes you're right Pete, Rutgers should beat the Golden Panthers but I'm going to ride this wave of enthusiasm and predict an upset.

Rivest misses a field goal early, but makes up for it with a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock:

FIU 24
Rutgers 23

In my eyes, we ABSOLUTELY need to win this game because of how it impacts our future.

FIU takes it 24-17.

Rutgers 31
FIU 20

fiu 21 rutgers 17

"In 2010, in the home opener at FIU Stadium, the Panthers take down the Scarlet Knights."

Pete,I agree with you 100%. I see FIU taking a big step, beating Rutgers at the cage and making a statement in 2010.

Carroll, TY, Ellignson, LaPorte, DP & Harden. Talk about an Offense! We just need to continue developing and recruiting the lines!!

I see FIU keeping it close this afternoon. Good day for the offense, Ellingson with another big game, DP & DM get their feet wet.

If we can give Paul some protection, get some pressure on the Savage, can contain the pass, and play smart football... we have a good chance of coming out with a W.

Guys, I don't know about y'all but there seems to be a lot of contradictory comments on this blog. Predicting a win isn't as bad as everyone thinks. Pete, if we have the talent this season to win against Rutgers, why can't it happen this season? A rhetorical question indeed, as I've read your reasons. Also, we can't have a memorable game unless we win! Who wants to remember the day FIU lost to Rutgers?

It seems most fans want to place FIU in the "win" column, but some can't seem to find the right keys on their computer.

Go Golden Panthers!

Fortunately the Rutgers lines are substantially smaller than the Alabama lines, which is huge for us. It will allow us to give Paul better protection and set up the run better. We have more speed than Rutgers, and we have the size to compete.

FIU 31
RU 17

Carringtons Sports Bar is putting the FIU vs. Rutgers Game on today at 5. $1 draft beer! 25 cent wings. 955 south dixie hwy, pinecrest area near dadeland mall. 64 Flat Screens and one MONSTER HD Projection Screen. Go watch FIU whoop that a*s today! GAME STARTS AT 5PM

Take 826 south until it turns into US-1 (as if you were heading to Dadeland Mall) Once it turns into US-1, make your first U-Turn, Carringtons is less than a mile on the right hand side in a shopping center. There is a HUGE METRO BANK on the left.

FIU 20
Rutgers 28

I have been looking forward to this game since it was announced, because this is a split household game for me. My roommate if from Rutgers and I am an FIU alumn, thus the importance of the game to us.
Last week the break out player was Velcro, I think this weeks break out player is CA; I think they will try and rip apart the Rutgers secondary using the tight end and I see it being very rewarding for FIU. Also, the special teams will have a big day, both returning and punting/kicking. I have faith that the Panthers pull off this upset and the game ball gets given to MC in what will be his biggest/best game as a head coach thus far.
Without further a due here is my prediction:

F I U = 27

Rutgers = 21

Good luck Rutgers.
Go Panthers!!!!

FIU: 28

My question is "Are they going to kick it to TY or will they let us have the ball at the 40 every time?" I rather give it to TY but I will take the 40yard line any day!

Key to winning is the 2nd half! We cant shut down after 3 quarters. Its 60min of football not 45min..

Note: Thanks for the Cross Country Report Pete. I just wish the guys would have ran better. UF is a great race to compete in..


Whoo Pete's blog had a little zip in it. Im going to put 1 and 1 together and say our friend Pete Pelegrin wrote a blog while drunk! LOL. Going to NYC on friday night, posting at 3am, quirky comments (people being whacked, 1.21 jigawatts). Pete knows how to party. LOLOL.

By the way im glad to see that the opposing starting quarterback isnt Josh Padrick. haha.
Also, the Herald messed up. It says the game isnt on TV. It is on SNY and ESPN360.

I really hope we win today and continue to win throughout the season because i am so tired of seeing FIU relegated to the nether sections of the Miami Herald. I give Pete all the credit in the world because he respresents FIU so well and writes great stories, but it is disheartning to see one or two FIU stories a week while UCG gets like 20. Even worse is the fact that UF gets more stories in the Herald than FIU does. Case in point today. I understand that UFis Florida team that is defending its national champtionship, but it is the MIAMI Herald and as such should strive to fully represent Miami.

How log will Mario keep his hall pass?

Go panthers!

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