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North Texas/FIU Preview: Green Means Go

Green Logo As you know if you have followed the Panthers in 2009, this season will not be one for the highlight DVDs. You all know the issues this season and no need to go in depth about them (O-line, D-line, run D, injuries to half the starters, lack of quality depth, etc.). FIU has to get better at several things before the 2010 season.

There are three games left this season and FIU is currently 2-7. Two of the final 3 games are winnable and if the Panthers are victorious, then they'll finish 4-8 -- one game short of last season. And admit it, at one point this season you were wondering when would win No. 1 happen.

Still, 4-8 is no reason to throw a parade down 8 Street, but at this point you take what you can get. Hell, after a 1-5 start to finish 3-3 with the situations FIU has encountered this season, could build some mo for 2010.

Saturday night at FIU Stadium, North Texas visits FIU for the first of the two winnable games left on the schedule -- the other is against Florida...................................................................................Atlantic.

The Panthers have had memorable games against the Mean Green the last two seasons besides that FIUPmmc has won both by a combined score of 80-29. The last couple of games against the North Texas Mean Green have meant "go" for FIU. Go for the FIU O, D and special teams as O'Darris D'Haiti's blocked punt last season will attest.

In 2007, FIU gave the grand old Orange Bowl its proper send-off or as FIU at the Movies will remind you: "Resurrecting the Champ"

That year, the OB's other tenant couldn't close the deal or score a point. However, in the final college football game in the OB, FIU defeated NT 38-19 led by Audric Adger's 4 sacks and a helmet sticker from ESPN for his work. It was also MC's first win as a head coach (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo).

Last season, the nation was introduced to T.Y. Hilton (left, thanks AJH photo) on the ESPN regional broadcast of FIU's 42-10 win over NT.

This season, the Mean Green is meaner and not so greener as you may have noticed in the previous post with NT's beat writer Brett Vito.

Hilton Seen a few NT games this season and their M.O. is running the ball. The FIU D's Achilles is stopping the run. So you have the irresistible force against the movable object.

However, if the Panthers D can rise up like they did against Louisiana in their last home game, then we could be looking at a 3rd straight blowout win vs. NT. FIU has to make NT QB Riley Dodge beat them with deep passes and neutralize RB Lance Dunbar. Also getting Big Ontario Smith back from injury to play with "El Hombre" Aaron Davis, "El Oso" Scott Bryant and "El Talon" Tyler Clawson should help the run D.

On offense, even with a 95% percent Paul McCall, the Panthers can make things happen. Just dump off some passes to T.Y., Wayne Times, Ty Frierson and Greg Ellingson and watch them do their thing. No need to hit the 80-yard bomba. FIU has enough playmakers to catch a 5-yard pass and go another 75Berry yards.

With a less than 100% McCall, FIU needs another big game out of Kendall Berry (right, thanks AJH photo), who is the 6-foot, 200 pound running back the Panthers have been looking for and are recruiting for next season and beyond.

I like FIU in this game, but I'm not so sure it will be a cakewalk, because this season nothing has been that way for the Panthers -- it took a half of football to put away a very bad Western Kentucky team.

Should be a very pleasant Miami evening as Jackie (left) tells us. Jackie is calling for 72 degrees and a clear, starry Saturday night at FIU Stadium. Jackie also like the stars on the FIU offense to have a big game after having sub-par outings the past 3 weeks.

At the beginning of the week, I was going to call for a Dustin Rivest game-winning field goal with 2 seconds Jackie_Guerrido_4 left and a 38-35 FIU win.

But the GPP is with Jackie on this one -- when is that not the case? I think FIU wins without the last second heart palpitations -- and for the record, the palpitations were not for Dustin's kicking, because he has been pretty automatic this season. The palpitations are because of the weather -- 72 degrees is cold.


GPP says: FIU 38, North Texas 24

Aaapaw Don't forget the GPP LIVE BLOG of North Texas/FIU begins at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday right here. It's one of those unfriendly deadline kickoff times so there's a good chance I may have to leave after the 3rd quarter, but the blog will remain open.

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FIU basketball is awesome. 0-2. But hey - next year they will be "dancing" right?

FIU 24

NT 17

Go FIU!!! CrazyCane you are a d-bag

ok ill make my pic for this week im goin to go w/ you pete.. FIU wins at home... id say... 31-24

CrazyCane,

It's called a process.

It's like crawling before you walk...or walking before you run.

Does that confuse you CrazyCane.

Oh, I see. You were born the over-sized d-bag we all know you to be...no process ever took place. No I understand why the concept of process is foreign to you.

CrazyCane,

It's called a process.

It's like crawling before you walk...or walking before you run.

Does that confuse you CrazyCane?

Oh, I see. You were born the over-sized d-bag we all know you to be...no process ever took place. Now I understand why the concept of process is foreign to you.

If I am not mistaken - didn't all you FIU fans say that last year about the football team and this year the process was supposed to lead to a SunBelt Championship and a bowl birth? How'd that work out for ya?

It is very easy to hide from the present by saying that the future is going to be great.

It is very easy to hide from the present by saying that the future is going to be great.

Posted by: CrazyCane | November 14, 2009 at 11:38 AM


It's even easier to hide from yourself and root for a school because your mommy attended. Do you also prefer sheer panty hose like your mommy too?

FIU 31
UNT 28

The season is almost over...

Wow terribly disappointing season...

Pete, funny how you lead that one sentence to eventually read Florida Atlantic...for a moment there I thought you actually meant UF! LOL

That game will be a blood bath. Unfortunately for our Golden Panthers, only gators come out alive from the swamp.

FIU 35
UNT 31

FIU 35 N. Texas 28

FIUer - it is also very easy to be tough and make personal attacks over the computer from the safety of your little one bedroom apartment.

What a tough guy you are. Can someone on this blog now say that I started the personal crap? Yeah, that is what I thought. Truth hurts.

I'm gonna say 30-10 FIU... probably off but I hope FIU can come up and stuff their run game today... let's hope.

With dumb comments and attacking the very fans of the university blog you are posting on, you are doing exactly that....crazy panther....err...crazy cane...well, multiple personality crazy....

FIUer - it is also very easy to be tough and make personal attacks over the computer from the safety of your little one bedroom apartment.

Posted by: CrazyCane | November 14, 2009 at 12:43 PM


Oh how I would LOVE to have an in-person "exchange" with you and a couple other douches of your ilk on this blog. You are not liked, respected, welcomed or appreciated here, so your mere presence on this blog is a provocation and you know it. Maybe one day our paths will cross at an FIU game and we can get to know each other a little better.

Ditto that FIUer.

FIU 31
NT 28

Guys I'm going to the Volleyball game in the rat's mouth. Who's going to Volleyball tonight?

If I am not mistaken - didn't all you FIU fans say that last year about the football team and this year the process was supposed to lead to a SunBelt Championship and a bowl birth? How'd that work out for ya?

It is very easy to hide from the present by saying that the future is going to be great.

Posted by: CrazyCane | November 14, 2009 at 11:38 AM

And I heard more than a few UM fans on the radio following that win against Oklahoma talking about a national championship game appearance.

Fans are overly optimistic about their team's future. Quit acting like it's just FIU.

im going to volleyball, who else is going?

well said Chris

CrazyCane, if you didn't attend UM, you are a LOSER. I don't care if the rest of your family attended that overrated school, YOU did NOT. Sadly, you only affiliate yourself with the school because they had a winning football program when you were a little boy (wait a minute, that's giving you too much credit, because you still are a little boy). The reality, whether you choose to face it or not, is that you are a the WORST kind of fan a school could want. You will NEVER be welcomed as an FIU fan. You're going to be a confused, lonely little boy when FIU is king and UM is a second thought in this town.

I hate FAU for scheduling the volleyball game at the exact same time as our homecoming game... I hope we destroy them in the Shula Bowl in a couple weeks...

OK SouthPaw - whatever YOU say.

UM is finding out what a real college football coach looks like this afternoon.

Lets just leave Mr. CrazyCane alone. Noone is going to change his mind. Just like noone is going to change my mind about hating UM.

On that note man am I happy with the results of that game. UM to the BCS title game my left nutcracker. And oh my god!! Can the people at the Miami Herald stop saying UM is #12. They are #14 according to the BCS and #13 in the polls. Nowhere are they #12. God!! Such a bias and distortion of facts to make UM look better than they are. its all good though because i dont see UM being ranked this week or if they are they'll be #23 or #24. Of course the people at the Herald will round it up to #20. Morons... Except Pete :)

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