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Season Predictions

The bye week on the opening weekend of college football gives us an extra week to think about what FIU'sFiuteam season will look like come December.

At the end of this post is one thought on how the Panthers will do this season in a game-by-game breakdown as of Sept. 6. Of course, these predictions could change on a weekly basis during the season depending on how your Panthers (right, thanks Sam Lewis photo) are playing. Take a look and then give us your take on the 2009 FIU football season.

Before we get to the season outlook, here's a couple of notes for you:

Aaapaw I looked into the "Cover It Live" blog program that FIUfantastic suggested and it looks like it could speed up the LIVE BLOGS we'll have for each game this season.

Live So therefore, I'm going to run a TEST LIVE BLOG or a preseason LIVE BLOG with the "Cover It Live" program this Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 8) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. right here on the GPP. If you want to read up on how to post comments and how the program works then check out: www.coveritlive.com

Also, if you drop by and leave comments during Tuesday's LIVE BLOG, I can check the box that automatically clears you for the rest of the season to post comments on the Cover It Live blogs that we'll have. If not, then your comments may take a little time to show up on game days during the live blogs, because I'll be doing 3 things during the game: covering it, blogging it and jotting down play-by-play for my notes.

Aaapaw America's favorite on-line game show returns on Saturday....The 3rd Annual Win a GPP Blog Weekly Predictions contest starts with FIU's first game next Saturday at Alabama.

Here are the simple rules: 1) Predict the score for FIU's game that week (for example: FIU 31, Alabama 28). In order to be eligible to win prizes at the end of the season, you must predict every FIU game.

2) Your score needs to be into the GPP before kickoff of FIU's game that week. The official time is the GPP time. So if you think you got your score in at 6:59 p.m. and it's 7:02 p.m. on the GPP, then you are late and the score will not be counted and you are eliminated from the contest.

3) At the end of the season, whoever has the best record and lowest point differential is the winner. Point differential, which will be the tiebreaker of identical records, is the combined score by how much you missed the actual score. (for example: you pick FIU 31-28 and the actual score is FIU 34-27, then your point differential is 4, because you missed FIU's score by 3 + Alabama's score by 1 = 4.)

** First place winner gets to write his or her own GPP Blog at the end of the season. Second place winner gets a Sun Belt football yearbook.

Fiuhelmet 2009 FIU Season Outlook

Sept. 12 at Alabama -- (L)....Quite possibly in a couple of years, FIU can match up withAlabama the Tide, but right now Bama's run game and defense looks to be too much for the Panthers.

Ru Sept. 19 at Rutgers -- (L)....There are many that are underestimating the Scarlet Knights, even the people in their own conference. While the thought here is that FIU gives Rutgers a game, the Knights being home and having a little more talent should come out on top. The 2010 home opener at FIU will even the series at 1-1.

Fiuhelmet Sept. 26 TOLEDO -- (W)....FIU cannot come into this game overconfident from last season's result -- 2008 is over and done with. The Panthers speed, talent and home opener should take care of the Rockets.

Fiuhelmet Oct. 3 at ULM -- (W)....The sick feeling of losing to an inferior Warhawks team at home last season and getting a dent put into its 2008 bowl hopes should still linger for FIU. Road games are always tough, but the Panthers are expected to be the better team here.

Fiuhelmet Oct. 10 at Western Kentucky -- (W)....In a few years, the Hilltoppers are going to be a headache to the rest of the Sun Belt. Again the road won't make this as easy as many think it will be for FIU. As long as the Panthers are not looking ahead to Troy, they should win this one.

Troy Oct. 17 TROY -- (L)....Not sure FIU has all the horses yet to take down Troy. Don't take too much from the Trojans loss to Bowling Green in their opener. This is a conference game and both teams will be plenty hyped for. The veteran Trojans ride out of FIU with a 2-point win.

Asu Oct. 24 at Arkansas State -- (L)....They will close every WalMart in Jonesboro for this payback game. I'm sure many of the Red Wolves have had recurring nightmares of the Hilton Heave. ASU has 16 returning starters, plus the Sun Belt's Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in QB Corey Leonard and DL Alex Carrington. ASU doesn't need a last minute play and wins by 9.

Fiuhelmet Oct. 31 LOUISIANA -- (W)....No Tyrell Fenroy, no Jason Cherry, no Michael Desormeaux. The Cajuns offense should not pose any tricks and FIU should get plenty of treats with its own offense in this noon Halloween game.

Mt Nov. 7 at Middle Tennessee -- (L)....Murfreesboro has never been kind to FIU and it can get real loud in Floyd Stadium. MT QB Dwight Dasher has always given the FIU D fits and it could be more of the same here. Heard other media people say that after last year's game at FIU Stadium, several MT players and coaches were wondering how they lost to FIU. Same attitude for MT and FIU walks out of MT with another win.

Fiuhelmet Nov. 14 NORTH TEXAS -- (W)....But it will be a lot closer than many people think. NT coach Todd Dodge was successful in prep football and will succeed in college with a solid recruiting area in Texas. His son, QB Riley Dodge will open some eyes around the conference this season. FIU pulls away in the 4th quarter here after a tight score for much of the game.

Uf Nov. 21 at Florida -- (L)....FIU will compete and win games in part, because of its South Florida recruited speed. The problem here is that the defending national champions have that same speed, plus size.

Fiuhelmet Dec. 5 FLORIDA ATLANTIC -- (W) {Don Shula Bowl}....The last time the Shula Bowl was played on the campus of FIU, the Panthers won 52-6. It won't be that kind of blowout this time, but remembering losing two, 4th quarter 14-point leads to your rival and getting knocked out of bowl contention is powerful fire for some revenge. FIU takes back the Shula Trophy and plays in another Bowl game besides the Shula Bowl.

Fiuhelmet Dec. 19 SOUTH FLORIDA (St. Petersburg Bowl) -- (W)....And you thought the Panthers and Bulls would not play in 2009 after FIU decided to play Rutgers instead during the regular season. Like Middle Tennessee, last season South Florida underestimated FIU and only won by 8. After two close games in the FIU/USF series, the Panthers pull out a win here on a Paul McCall 68-yard TD pass to Dudley LaPorte in the 4th quarter.

Logo PANTHER PAWSE

Aaapaw Vote on FIU's record in 2009 below in our poll question.

Q&A

FIU Fanatic & JulesFIU07: Pete, any news with a couple of defensive backs and their status?: Jarell McGee is not mentioned in the battles for starting position...and someone mentioned in the other board that Terrance Taylor is not on the roster anymore. Any news on him?

PP: McGee is waiting for a grade to be posted from his JUCO, but he is eligible. He just can't practice until the grade is posted. Taylor is on the team and practicing. The FIU roster on the team's website is not 100 percent accurate right now.

LMessina:  Pete, What happened to Shawn Bright?

PP: He never had the grades to qualify. Not sure where he's at now, but it's not at FIU.

CJ: Pete, what is your take on the Suprise of the belt so far that Troy lost to BGST and NT beat Ball ST!

PP: I think Troy took Bowling Green lightly after starting the game up 14-0. But I would not read too much into Troy's loss, they are still going to be the team to beat in the Belt. North Texas is not as bad as they were last season and they are going to sneak up on some Sun Belt teams this season.

Gooch7: Pete: I hope that when you were talking about the No.2 WR you are including Greg Ellingson as a big time starter.

PP: Ellingson is a starter, but he is not a slot WR. The position mentioned in the previous post is the second slot WR. T.Y. is the No. 1 slot receiver and the No. 2 slot would enter the game when FIU goes 4-wide or if T.Y. needs a breather.

FIUFan: With no comments on the O-line, nor TE's; I assume these positions are locked down. Is this correct?

PP: Pretty much.

#1football fan: What happend to jonathan ramirez there is an article that he had suffered a head injury. Is he still playing?

PP: Ramirez is back practicing with the team, but Darriet Perry, Darian Mallary, Trenard Turner, Kendall Berry and Daunte Owens are all ahead of him. Ramirez might see action on special teams.

Aaapaw So what do you think FIU's record will be this season?


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