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Monday Morning Bloggers: FIU vs. Alabama

Many of you good people came close to the actual score of Saturday's season opener against No. 4 Alabama, but there probably weren't too many that could have predicted the way your Panthers stood toe to toe with the mighty Tide for nearly three full quarters.

There were some encouraging signs and there were some things that FIU needs to work on as they movePmc on in this 2009 season. Here's a look back at Game 1:

1st Quarter

On its first offensive series, FIU did not panic after a fumbled snap for a 9-yard loss and Darriet Perry getting tackled for a 2-yard loss. On 3rd and 21 from their own 3, the Panthers remained calm and Paul McCall (above, right) hit Greg Ellingson for 46 yards. Despite going against probably the best D he will see all season, PMC kept his poise back there the entire game. The series ended with a punt, but it could have been a lot worse from deep in FIU territory.

The FIU D struggled early on to stop the Bama run, but did not break on 2 series and made the Tide settle for field goals. Peter Riley's pass D on the first series had Bama settling for 3. The Tide was just 3 of 10 on third down for the game Saturday.

Please insert your superlatives for No. 4 here. First time Goodbye touches the ball in the 2008 season -- punt return for TD vs. Kansas. First time Goodbye touches the ball in the 2009 season -- kickoff return for TD vs. Bama.

2nd Quarter

Ge We saw the depth of the FIU receiving corps in this quarter: Ty Frierson for 16; More of GE with his TD catch to put FIU ahead 14-13 and Marquis Rolle going across the middle for 16. Good to see MR get involved, with his size he could be a serious weapon for this offense. With opposing D's focused on No. 4, GE could have a monster season. Ellingson (left) has got size, velcro hands and while he is not as fast as No. 4 and Junior Mertile, he's not a plodder either.

The funniest moment of the game came when Bama's punter intentionally punted into the Tide's sideline to not give Goodbye any chance to return the kick. You know how in baseball they have the "Ted Williams Shift" for left-handed power hitters, well, guess you could call that punt the "Goodbye Shank"Goodbye. By the way, true baseball story: In his first baseball at-bat in little league, T.Y. hit a double....could he be the next "PrimeTime"?  Ted

Bama came right back for 6 of their own, helped by a 35-yard pass play on the first play of the series. It didn't help that FIU could not muster much of a pass rush on Greg McElroy. The Tide QB had all day to throw on several occasions. It might have been just a size difference, because FIU certainly has speed on D as Toronto Smith's 15-yard sack of McElroy showed later in the quarter.

Darian Mallary can run with the big boys. Oooh might be small in stature, but he has some strong legs as he showed in his first college carry for 7 yards that moved the pile. But overall, FIU had trouble running the ball, not enough push upfront.

3rd Quarter

The Tide ramped up their D here and kept the FIU O from taking the lead. What I noticed was that Bama took away the short crossing routes that were so effective for the Panthers in the first half. Couple that with Bama bringing more pressure on PMC and there was no chance to throw anything deep. Bama had 3.5 of its 5 sacks in this quarter. FIU had 4 series of 3-and-out in the 3rd.

The FIU D tightened up in this quarter keeping the Panthers in it down just 20-14 and punter Carlos Munera was a huge help in the field position battle nailing punts of 48, 48, and 54 yards in the quarter.

FIU's punt return coverage had trouble with Javier Arenas in this quarter with Arenas returning punts 29 and 46 yards into FIU territory. Arenas, like T.Y. is one of the best in the country at returning kicks, so FIU is not the first team he's done that to. In the Tide's other kick return, Damion Square got just 5 yards.

4th Quarter

This is when the Tide's size, strength and depth took over. Even with probably their best rusher, Roy Upchurch, out of the game Bama still had 3 other backs get more than 50 yards each and average from 5.6 to 11.5 yards a carry. Trent Richardson and Terry Grant ripped off long TD runs. It didn't help that Jeremiah Weatherspoon and Ash Parker were out of the game with injuries. The Tide had 153 yards rushing in the 4th.

FIU kept battling on O with 9 and 10 play drives, but just could not get that one or two big plays to get into the end zone. Colt Anderson looked like a natural at tight end hauling in that 23-yard reception from Wayne Younger.

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Aaapaw Might need to go bandwagon shopping. During the GPP's LIVE BLOG of the FIU/Alabama game on Saturday, we had a GPP-record 1,725 hits. Plenty of interest in FIU when the Panthers had the No. 4 team in the nation down 14-13 and stayed close 20-14 for nearly 3 quarters. Heard they had same nice problem at the Sports Grills.

WIN A GPP BLOG WEEK 1 STANDINGS (FIU/Rutgers scores due by 4:59 p.m. Eastern GPP Time on Saturday)

1-0

Clawing Cancer (2)

Puma (3), Quijote (3)

ArrozConPollo (5), CarolinaGoldenPanther (5), ChiaPanther (5), David Florez (5), FIUChris (5), Gazi (5), Gold (5), Lone Panther (5)

FIUPantherFan (6), FIU0406 (6)

Baltimore Panther (7), SunblazerPanther (7)

alt7787 (8), Golden Panther 90 (8), OC FIU PANTHER (8), ridgepanther (8)

CJ (9), FIU Fanatic (9), Gooch7 (9), panther viscosity (9), SouthPaw (9)

FIUJM (10), FIU LOVE (10), FIUrulez (10)

NYCFIUFan (11)

chrisfiu (12), Joel (12)

blkpanther (13), oooahhh (13)

hay (15), Fomenter (16), Crazy Cane (19) esteban688 (20), FIUcanesFan (22), TheChampionUnderdog (23), MIA/NY Josh (24)

0-1

FIUPIKE (27), FIUer (30), Tri-Panther (30), Max (37)

GPP: 1-0 (9)

Q&A

BaltimorePanther: Pete can you please give us an update on the injuries?

PP: The team was off Monday, but should have some updates after Tuesday's practice.

FIUFPL: How was the hit after the fair cath on TY not a foul? I know there was some other crap that I can't remember right now...but I hope Pete caught all that. Also was like to know about Bama fan/staff reaction after the game. Pete you have any of that? Pete, any news on the Bama effort to save FIU Cheerleaders.

1) Does the Bama game change your view on the prediction of this year's record?

2) What do you think are FIU's chances against Rutgers now?

3) Is it just me or is Greg Ellingson extremely underrated? He makes tough catches EVERY GAME. He will be in the NFL for sure.

4) Is Dudley LaPorte likely to play against Rutgers?

PP: The hit on Goodbye could have gone either way, because it appeared one of the Bama players was blocked into No. 4. However, how the Tide did not get any roughing the QB calls was not right. PMC was nailed several times long after he had thrown the ball. This is what happens when you have one of the two teams conference referee crews working the game. I've never liked that the home team gets their conference crew in out of conference games. An SEC crew will always give the benefit of the doubt to the SEC team. College football should use different conference ref crews in OOC games. Send a Big Ten crew to call FIU/Bama.

The Bama staff and fan reaction was of surprise that a 7-year old football program was able to stay with their Tide. A lot of them said they would not be surprised to see FIU win the Sun Belt and go bowling this year. They also became believers in No. 4 after they thought their coach was paying lip service to Goodbye earlier in the week. Haven't heard anything new on Bama's cheerleading efforts.

No, the Bama game does not change my 6-6 prediction for FIU this season, because the Sun Belt looks tougher than I thought it would be. Louisiana, North Texas and even ULM are not going to be pushovers and Toledo will give FIU a very good game and it would not shock to see the Rockets even the series. Funny what a coaching change has done for Toledo.

I think FIU has a good shot against Rutgers, but I won't give you my score until Friday.

If GE keeps doing what he's doing, he will eventually get a shot in the NFL. He has size, hands and can run.

We'll find out about DLP this week. The NCAA is a tricky bunch, hopefully it does not take as long as C-Mack's case did.

Aaapaw Hand out a grade on FIU's performance against Alabama. The grade here is a "B" considering the Panthers did not have the size nor the depth that the Tide had, yet managed to have the lead and keep it within 6 points for nearly 3 quarters....Your turn:


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Overall, nice job. But we need to address the O-line issue through recruiting. Without an o-line theres no run and theres no passing game. O-line is the most important part of the offense.

Wow - FIU kept the game close with Bama for 3 quarters. Big deal. Do you really think Bama took you all serious? I did not even know FIU had a D1 football team until this years Rutgers schedule came out. Do you all wear the same uniforms or does everyone just wear their old high school uniforms (assuming everyone on your team was good enough to make a high school roster)?

I can promise you one thing, after that performance against Bama, and seeing how Bama let you keep it close for 3 quarters, I am 100% sure Rutgers is not taking you lightly and I truly believe this one could get very ugly for you, long before the 4th quarter.

I know I cannot enter your little pick a score challenge, I only found this website this morning, but my prediction is 65-10 Rutgers.

Good teams find a way to win games they are supposed to win... While North Texas, UL and ULM may look improved, so do we. And two of those three are at home. Plus Toledo is at home. These home games are MUST wins. Every single on of them. There is no reason why we shouldn't go 5-0 at home this season, or at least 4-1 (fine... lol). If we can hang with Bama for 3 quarters, we can definetly do more than just handle the teams in our conference. We're gonna go and handle our business at home this year. 7-5 or bust for this team, in my very humble opinion.

FIU must be getting better. We now have opposing fans coming in here trashtalking. Love it!

Kinda funny for a Rutgers fan to talk trash, considering they got DECIMATED by Cincy at HOME.

here we go again...

This is my upset alert. I am actually driving up for this game:

Drum roll please:

FIU 34 Rutgers 24

There it is folks, love it, hate it, that is what we are going to expect.

RutgerDan,

Very intelligent post, you cannot be serious ??

Are you aware that RUTGERS has been pathetic in football for 130 years ?? Congrats on couple big wins a few years ago and an infusion of donor $$ to help expand your facilities. But you obviously have no clue about FIU Football and if you are expecting a blowout....then think again !!! But it is amusing to see you beat your chest about your team and get the back n forth going.

I'll be at the game, shouting "RutgersDan where art thou ???" After T.Y. takes another one to the crib against your VERY SLOW TEAM.

Good luck !!

RutgersDan,

Normally we get UM fans talking trash, but at least they can back it up with their storied legacy. Rutgers is the birthplace of college football, yet until only a couple years ago ANY team stretched you guys out like fruity play-doh, sub divisions included.

If Cinci SMOKED you, Bama would've DESTROYED you. Your team should MAN UP and schedule games against REAL opponents, not cakewalks like last weekend's scrimmage. And don't use a tough conference schedule as an excuse, that's only acceptable for top tier divisions like SEC.

Hey keep thinking it'll get ugly, Bama thought the same thing and had the scare of their lives for three entire quarters. You weren't there when FIU was up 14-13, but that stadium was so silent you can hear a pin drop.

I want to thank you ahead of time for putting FIU on the national map. Once we whoop your "Guidos" up, Schiano will be tearing up all over the media knowing he's suddenly in the hot seat.

Pete here's my prediction:
FIU 30
Rutgers 17

im going to have to wait to see the status on weatherspoon and parker before i make my pick...

Good post, Pete. I would actually give also FIU a "B" score. Perhaps a B+, as they played hard for all of the game, and did give Alabama fans a scare.

As for this supposed Rutgers fan...LOL...65-10..

For the game, I have different views which I'm trying to reconcile. On one point, we did play Alabama a lot tougher most people expected...but there's a chance the Crimson Tide, did in fact overlook us a bit. Still, impressive showing.

Rutgers is not as bad as they looked against Cincinnati, and certainly not as good as the score looked against Howard. Where does that leave us? Somewhere in the middle...I'm really, really hoping for the 'upset' here, and while acknowledging Rutgers should be the favorite here, we have certainly a much better chance to beat them than Alabama...

FIU 35 Rutgers 17. The lines will take out their Bama frustration on Rutgers giving PM, TY and company time to pick these guys apart. All aboard, this train leaves the station this Saturday.

Pete - what's the tv or webcast status of this game?

Im putting down my prediction early:

Gooch7:
FIU:31
Rutgers:27

This one is going to be extremly close but I think if we get back our TE, and injuries are at a minimum we should pull it off. Would be one of the best victories in school history. Even though Rutgers has not Football history for the last 100+ years.

Is there any way we can receive the ball, get it to TY and start teach game with a 7-0 lead? Would be nice if they actually kick it to him..

PETE
WHERE IS THE GAME GOING TO BE SHOWN? WHAT CHANNEL WILL IT BE ON?

We need more then just 3 bars showing this games. We had 1000 people waiting outside to get a sneak peak at TY and the Crew..

I believe the game will be aired on SNY channel 639 Direct TV....

so today i finally attempted it... i tried calling the ticket office of FIU to attempt gettin my hands on some FIU v. UF tickets... i try to be calm because as i have heard, the ticket office is not the most helpful bunch.

So i ask the young lady on the other side of the phone, "sweetheart, how would a student go about getting tickets to the FIU v. UF game?" she replies " o we are only selling tickets to the people who purchase FIU season tickets." now... im a student and i already get into the games for free.. so i tell her... " o no, im a student how do I buy those tickets?" again she replies the same... at this point im already my eyes and think here we go... i ask the young woman "Now see.. this i dont understand... as a growing team.. how is it that FIU will not sell tickets to their student, which if im not mistaken probably make up about half that stadiums attendance #'s? i cant understand why is it that your department is aillienating a good part of your fan base by denying them the chance for an away game." she tells me "o i dont know let me get someone that knows.." so she goes "finds someone.." who really just told her to send me to pantherrage....

so i get transfered over to the FIU operator. i ask for Pantherrage... she wants to send me over to panther dining... i tell her no no ... send me to campus life , its around there they might help... i get in contact with Campus life. i tell her my ... Issue with the ticket office. she tells me maybe SGA can help.. but if it were her she would go back and try to hussle them again to maybe make them see the light. (i fully intend to next time in person) and we both share a at my questioning the fact that i thought we had a good business school.

i get to SGA and speak to the office manager i tell her my story to which she can only reply wow too... she takes my number and im expecting a call from the school president within the hour.

my plea to the athletic dept. is open up tickets to the students who HELP make the game day enviroment what it is.. a great experience. if any student out there is having the same issue i urge you to get angry voice your opinion about this matter. i say go through the same path i take.. try to talk to as many people as you can tell them your issues dont just go strait to SGA (although they are probably the ones that can help the most.) go through the ticket office... make them transfer you out.. make them tell you their "brilliant" plan on away games.

dont make the students pay for season tickets at FIU... we already pay for our seats in the athletic fee's i dont what to have to pay 50$ ( min cost of season tickets) + my athletic fee + the game ticket for the UF game (which i can only assume is somewhere in the neighborhood of 50$'s) i dont think that is right

btw Rutgerdad.... lol 65-10.... really... bama couldnt score 65.. but your offense will be soooooooo over powering to hang 65 on us.. really?... when you talk some trash ... make sure you know how to first

I will wait to see who is injured and which players, DLP, will be making the trip to Rutgers before taking a stab at the score. However if our team is intact following our fight with the 800 pound gorilla that is Alabama then I expect us to beat Rutgers as they have no discernable size advantage, and are not as fast as us.

Gooch7 some work is being done on new locations to watch the game.

I wonder if this knowledgeable "Rutgers" fan knows who Mario Cristobal is?

Rutgers will be a tough game, but I think we can pull it off.

My prediction:

FIU 27

Rutgers 23

I think we'll be able to run the ball on Rutgers and if they want to focus on Hilton...other receivers will make them pay for it.

At numerous points during last years baseball season, I remember there being a sign up sheet for tickets to the UF game for students. I know a lot of people who will be upset if they don't get tickets.

hey pete,

is there a watch party at sports grill again for the Rutgers game?

There will be watch parties at Sports Grill...the one closest to FIU (Bird and 107th I think) will have the dazzlers, Roary, and other FIU staff.

FIU 27

Rutgers 19

Rutgers Dan,

Come here. Lean in. Closer. Let me whisper something to you...just between you and me...play the following three numbers in your next lottery - 305.

Why 305? Because after Saturday, you'll have 305 tattooed to your backside and you'll forever remember how FIU, that school down there in the 305, when up to Jersey and BLASTED your historically horrific football program.

Gotta get my prediction in. My wife is being induced with our first child tonight. New Golden Panther on the way SOON (my wife also went to FIU)!

I think FIU squeaks by against Rutgers for an upset win. FIU 30, Rutgers 28. TY has two TD and DP has 1 TD, and we get 3 FG.

Congrats Carolina Golden Panther!

I refuse to believe that Alabama overlooked us. In those parts of the country, football is a religion. Even the fans knew who we were and there was perhaps more media coverage of The International's football program than there ever has been in Miami.

Cincy utterly annihilated Rutgers. I cringe to think what the score would've been if Alabama was facing Rutgers.

What's worse is that I saw many similarities between the Golden Panther's O and that of Cincy. Rutgers should be very afraid at this moment. Rutgers should be displaced to Conference USA where they belong, and the Big East should extend an invitation to FIU in their place. If we don't walk away with a "W" in this game, I will be sorely let down.

The International: 27

Rutgers: 20

Congrats!!! CGP on the new addition

CJ, I think you're over reacting with the ticket situation. For the purpose of good business sense which you and everyone else is always touting, season ticket holders should and are getting the first crack at the tickets. I need to get five ( I have five season tickets.) Don't you think that if I was told that students who aren't paying as much as I am are getting tickets before me, I would be pissed? If I get pissed, I drop my five season tickets. Now FIU is out $500 Panther bucks. Follow me? Keep the season ticket holders happy.
Congrats to CarolinaGoldenPanther.

I truly was unaware of the lack of education going on at Florida International, both academically and athletically. Not only are most of the fans at FIU delusional, they state that I need to "back up" my comments with facts and then go on to make ridiculous predictions about an FIU victory, without any real evidence to support same. I have not read one post that can breakdown why FIU is going to beat Rutgers. Instead, FIU fans are relying on the fact that Rutgers lost to Cincy and that FIU played with a lackluster, uninspired Alabama team for three quarters before they woke up and took you to town.

People, I am not saying you have a bad team. But it is ridiculous for you to believe so vigorously that you are going to beat Rutgers. And to the poster that said Rutgers should go to Conf USA and FIU should go to the Big East, worry about the SunBelt my friend. You have never even sniffed a championship there, have you? I think not. Get a clue my friend.

I stand by my prediction.

Congratulation Caronlina Golden Panther, God bless your family.

RutgerDan...my brother. If there is no belief, there is no hope. If there is no hope, there is no aspiration. If there is no aspiration, there is no victory.

FIU's players need to know that their fans are supporting them every step of the way. It is just great to see the interest in a team that was 0-23 two and three years ago. We are building down here in South Florida and the Panthers Are On The Rise!

I'm glad you and I agree on the Conference USA comment, Mr. Dan.


Congrats to Carolina Golden Panther!!...and welcome to all of our boards, as we are getting more and more interest from all areas of the country....

Agree with you LonePanther - what are you smoking? What part of my previous comment led you to believe I think Rutgers should go to Conf USA and FIU should go to the Big East. You are proving my lack of education point for me.

Also, I would just like to add that I go to many of the team blogs prior to the Rutgers games and this one is by far made up of the most illogical, nonsensical, ill-informed fans. You all should be embarrassed.

Funny how RutgerDan calls the FIU faithful the most illogical, nonsensical, ill-informed fans, when he comes to our message board and blasts FIU saying Rutgers is going to win 65-10 and then claims that he can't believe the FIU faithful are predicting an FIU win with no facts, I've yet to see him post facts as to why Rutgers is going to blast FIU by that score. So hows about you show some facts to back up your smack.

HAVE A NICE DAY from the 305!!!!

Congrats CGP! As far as RutgerDan goes, seeing as how Saban decided he had to bring Ingram into the game and play Upchurch and Ingram all game long to get their running game going tells me they took us very seriously. No way they would have Julio Jones, Arenas, Cody, Upchurch and Ingram on the field for four quarters if they weren't playing their hearts out.

RutgerDan,

College football is very unique in the fact that anybody can beat anybody, in any given day.

True we haven't won any SunBelt conference titles, yet; but then again we have only been in Division 1-A for about 4 years.

Rutgers has been playing football for 139 years and has gone to a total of 5 bowl games and lost 2 out of 5, which is sad.

How many Big East titles does Rutgers have? Hmm, 0. Miami has 7.

The entire country knows South Florida is where the best athletes are grown. FIU will continue to grow and will be winning a SunBelt title long before 139 years.

Here you go RutgersDan...

Alabama was not playing lack luster at any point of the game. Thier QB started the game with 14 straight completions and made a new Bama record!!! Ingrim ran us over in the begining, Richardson and the third string had they're way with us too. Watch the game there was no difference in Alabama's play in the 1st to the fourth. The only difference is that unlike them we couldn't substitute much so we wore down.

You are making just the same assumption that we are... you think "FIU hasn't done anything good yet therefore they will lose to Rutgers 65-10" when LOGIC says otherwise... now im not saying that we will win but i think now is a good time to realize that FIU&Rutgers can stand toe to toe.

This is reason: For the reasonable: And not any form of guarantee... I direct you to sample A:

Rutgers loses to Cincy WORSE(47-15) than "little" FIU loses to Bama(40-14). Bama>Cincy.

Sample B:

FIU allows 516 total yards vs Bama and Rutgers allows 564 vs Cincy. Bama>Cincy

Sample C:

Rutgers Pass Defense is #103 in the nation (and that counts the Howard game, had you played a actual FBS team they'd probably be #110+) Passing is our stregnth and we have one of the best WR in the nation.

I won't go as far as to say we are favored... we "SHOULD" lose... but Rutgers isn't a mountain for us... more like a hill. So quit acting like rutgers is scary... cuz you ain't.

You want me to back it up? Okay, here you go.

Last year Rutgers beat South Florida 49-16 @ South Florida. How did FIU do against them at home? Oh yeah, they lost.

Last year, Rutgers also beat Lousville 63-14 / Pitt 54-34 / and in a Bowl Game, NC State 29-23 (What bowl game was FIU in last year. Oh that's right, none.

Proof enough?

Velcro was incredible against Bama.

As for SAT:

FIU 27

RUT 26

CrazyCane, I men RUTGERDAN... there no need to hide behind a fake name.

You are the only one in the world that can't get off our ball sack and posts here every 10 secs with your "facts"

Have a good day poser!

I am a multi-season ticket holder (I get 4 UF-FIU game tix), but I am a firm believer that there should be a certain allotment of a tickets set aside for students.

It makes ZERO sense that NO tickets what so ever would be available for students. I least set 400 aside and raffle them.

Wow, that's the program with a lot of you people in these "big" programs... always pointing at the past. Last year??? That's your "proof"?? Hahaha who cares!!! You think there haven't been changes from last year to this year for both teams?

You are a tool, plain and simple. You come in here, swearing your team is the best in college football and then you post these absurd predictions, insult our team and us... what are you expecting out of all this?

Anyway I've given you way too much of my time. Can't wait to see you crawl back into the hole you crawled out of after Saturday. Have a good one.

Pete, I posted my week 1 prediction under the name "David Florez". However, I will post from now on under the moniker "theINTERNATIONAL". Just wanted to point that out for standings purposes.

Week 2 Prediction:

FIU- 34
Rutgers- 31

Rutgers Dan,

Regarding you claims of last year, the future points fwd, not backwards.

You claim you did not say FIU was a bad team. Do you recall this message you posted?

"Do you all wear the same uniforms or does everyone just wear their old high school uniforms (assuming everyone on your team was good enough to make a high school roster)?"

At FIU, we're educated enough to bring two posts together, analyze and deduce. By combining your two statements, it's clear you're implying FIU has a bad team. I hope you beleive that and that your football team does to. It'll make defeating Rutgers that much sweeter.

You know R-Dan-Douch-Bag, we just played Bama and their mature, large and civilized fanbase displayed great sportsmanship and proved that opposing fans can enjoy good natured ribbing and a mutually respectable good time.

But you R-Dan, prove that when you engage America's arm-pit (NJ), it stinks.

Again, please hold on to last year as tight as you can but understand it's not going to spare you from the butt-whuppin FIU is dispensing on Rutgers this Saturday.

For the rest of us, I really hope some good natured Rutgers fans show up soon and prove that they are not all morons like Rutgers Dan.

Mr. Dan,

I'm glad you see things my way and agree that Rutgers should be in Conference USA. In fact, lets bypass the Conference USA idea all together and let Rutgers play in your local High School football division.

This argument with the Rutgers fan is pretty funny. Just as funny as points attempting to be proven and disproven through a whole transitive property type of analysis and suggestions that "We lost to team X by Z number of points and you lost to team Y by W number of points". It's pretty irrelevant.


Jules,

Julio Jones wasn't in the game after the first quarter, if memory serves me right. Ingram didn't play much, either, something like 10 carries IIRC and Alabama was suffering from swine flu. Just look at how many reps Trent Richardson, a true freshman and future stud in his own right, got last week. They didn't overlook you so much as they "exhibitioned" you. You guys played them closer than they thought, and much respect out for that, but at no point where they struggling. They still held you to just over 200 yards of total offense.

Moral victories are great and all, but they still get you what you would have gotten without moral a victory... a loss. Best of luck this week though.

Rutgers 35

FIU 21

No, don't get me wrong Fomenter. You are right. My point wasn't so much to prove that we will win because of the "XYZ points" thing. My point was. Based on what has happened this season, more points to a competative game than a 65 to frieiking 10 blow out.

Julio Jones didn't play after the first quarter. But still they at no point eased up the attack. If Bama's back-ups played the whole game vs. Rutgers they'd still lose. Im just saying based on what we've seen a upset game isn't far from reality. Thats all.

Whoa... Fomenter's knowledge of elementary mathematical relations is incredible.

I'm very impressed with his NON-UM education.

The ticket talk is ridiculous. If you want tickets to the UF game there are tons of places you can buy them from like RazrGator, Stubhub and so forth. FIU is not the only place you can get tickets from.

I also think we are getting way too ahead of ourselves. I am very proud of how our team played and I feel much more confident that we will play well this season, however to start making predictions that we are going to destroy Rutgers and go to a bowl game and so forth is way too premature. We need to win games before we start talking.

With that being said

Rutgers-31
FIU-27

Alt7787, no one has predicted FIU to "destroy" Rutgers. At the same time, I see nothing wrong in predicting an upset. I respect Rutgers but lets not act like they are some powerhouse (not even on their best day). Bigger upsets have occurred. Besides, predictions are part of the game (sports for that matter).


GO PANTHERS!!!

I agree 100% with theINTERNATIONAL.

For me this weekend is awesome Ill be at the Swamp watching Tebow and the Gators destroy UT but it'll be even better hearing how Paul McCall(who was recruited by Rutgers) and the rest of the Panther's O puts up TD after TD on Rutgers... I smell an upset in Jersey!

Wowee... I'm leading after week 1. Awesome. That'll probably be the only time that will ever happen. :)

I gotta agree with the guys saying this thread is stupid. Trying to say you're better than another team because you didn't get destroyed as badly by a third team is stupidity at its finest. That kind of logic is best reserved for the loony bin, no matter which program you support.

Anyway, I voted "A" for FIU's showing in Tuscaloosa. We did a hell of a lot better than people expected. I never expected MC's boys to even take the lead, much less in the manner that they did, and keeping it to under a TD at the half is about the best we all could have realistically expected. Satan & Company probably were overlooking the GP's, but even so... considering FIU's history, the fact we caused them to crap their undies at any point in the game is a very encouraging step. MC's got this ship going the right direction.

As for this week... I'm going to stick with my season prediction and say the GP's beat Rutgers. Your boys looked slow and horrid against Cincy, RutgerDan. Even you gotta admit that. I don't think your team is as bad as they looked against the Bearcats... I still think you guys are a serious threat to take the Big East this season... but you're not blowing this team out unless both Hilton and McCall get hurt early. Even then, I doubt it. I think FIU's a faster team with better skill players overall.

The real key for the GP's will be generating a pass rush and the O-Line preventing McCall from being used as a pinata. If FIU can do both, no question in my mind that they leave Piscataway with a program-changing W and some nice pub on ESPN. Not a lot, but some.

FIU 31, RU 24

Oh, and from one transplanted GP in the Tar Heel state to another... congrats on the new kid, CarolinaGP. Blessings to your family.

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