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November 08, 2009

Ladies First

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The FIU volleyball team captured their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference regularVballteam season championship on Saturday night in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The lady Panthers defeated Middle Tennessee to win their 19th straight match and remained perfect on the season in the Sun Belt.

FIU volleyball is now 26-2 and 16-0 in Sun Belt play. The last time FIU lost, there was snow in Miami.

More on that in a second -- FIU volleyball, not the cold, frozen stuff.

In less than 20 hours your FIU basketball season tips off about 15 minutes from here when the Panthers take on defending national champion North Carolina at the Dean Dome.

FIU coach Isiah Thomas's mother had a heart attack Saturday and IT was in Chicago over the weekend to be at her side. IT is flying this way and is expected to be on the sideline on Monday night for FIU and for his first game as a college coach.

Fiuvball We will have more on your Panthers hoopsters on Monday with a LIVE BLOG of the FIU season opener starting at around 6:45 p.m. from the Dean Dome. The game is on TV on ESPNU.

Back to the FIU volleyball ladies and what is right now the best FIU sports team. And what has been the best FIU sports team for the last 5 years running.

Had a chance to watch in person the ladies match against Middle Tennessee last night after the football game (yeah, we'll get to that too). Walked across the street from Johnny Red Floyd Stadium on the Middle Tennessee campus to the volleyball gym.

Although, the Blue Raiders v-ball fans packed the gym -- yes, you read that right, there were hardly any empty seats at the MT gym....So time for you to get to the Bank on Wednesday for the ladies vs. Florida Gulf Coast -- the lady Panthers never let the crowd or Middle Tennessee get to them.

Despite having basketball backboards hanging from the roof and in play in the MT gym and Billy Bob (right, double click on Billy Bob to see him dance) dancing on the sidelines, FIUDancin quickly took the first two sets.

The playing rule in the MT gym is if the ball hits one of the backboards then it is still in play. Also in play on the sidelines was Billy Bob -- an old man in sweat pants, a long sleeve polo and wearing a cap backwards that would dance by himself after each Middle Tennessee point -- good for him.

FIU rallied three times late in the first set against the defending SBC champions with freshman Jovana Bjelica and three-time All-American Yarimar Rosa (left) killing MT with kills to take the first set.

Yari FIU controlled the second set before MT took the third set.

In the final set, tied at 18-18 Bjelica nailed another kill and Olga Vergun (below, right) and Ines Medved combined for a block to set up FIU with the lead. MT would tie it at 23-23, but eventually FIU would win on two straight service errors by MT.

The FIU ladies would go on to celebrate on the court. Billy Bob dejectedly left the gym with his cap in his hands.

The FIU ladies -- which should be in the Top 25 -- have a couple of tune-ups before getting ready for theOlga Sun Belt Tournament on Nov. 19 at Western Kentucky. FIU hosts Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday and then play at the Boca Raton Owls on Saturday.

Walking back across the street to Johnny Red Floyd Stadium. Yes, we were going to make the trip back to the football stadium although some of you might not want to.

Well, what can I tell you. Sometime between now and the 2010 season opener FIU has to get its run defense together.

Click on the X on the top right of your screen if you don't want to read the following number: FIU gave up 385 yards rushing to MT -- a season-high and the fifth highest in the program's 8-year history.

Those of you Paul McCall bashers -- you sure do miss him now, don't you? Yes, I know it would have been tough for any offense to win when their D has a game like Saturday. However, the FIU offense didn't help itself out with a 7-point first half. Still, PMC was missed on Saturday.

But, don't go blaming it all on Wayne Younger, because the rest of the offense -- outside of Kendall Berry -- did not help matters. Yes, WY did not have a good game, but the Panthers had more pre-snap penalties -- 7 of the 9 FIU penalties were pre-snap. There were dropped passes. There was poor pass protection and run blocking. All of that has to be cleaned up if FIU is to knock off North Texas and Florida Atlantic at Fiuv home to end the season.

But how about those FIU ladies!



Aaapaw FIU/North Carolina basketball LIVE BLOG begins at 6:45 p.m. on Monday night here on the GPP. Same guidelines for the hoops blog as for the football blog. First 25 readers with something worthwhile to contribute to the blog get unmoderated access.

Aaapaw As more readers drop out, the GPP pool is turning into one of those plastic backyard ones............Down to 15 readers in the race for the coveted GPP Blog and Sun Belt FootballPool Yearbook.

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November 07, 2009

Game 9: FIU vs. Middle Tennessee LIVE BLOG

MURFREESBORO, TENN. -- Good afternoon from Murfreesboro, Tennessee -- home of the MiddleFiuhelmet Tennessee Blue Raiders as your Panthers try for their second win in a row.

Not good news for FIU today, quarterback Paul McCall will sit out this game with a hyper-extended elbow. PMC tried to go in warmups, but couldn't. McCall tried to practice this week with the injury, but could not be 100 percent for today. He hurt the elbow while celebrating the game-tying touchdownMt last week against Louisiana.

Wayne Younger will start at QB with freshman Chris Schirripa serving as the backup and former QB-turned tight end Colt Anderson is the third quarterback.

Also, FIU might be without punter Carlos Munera, who sustained some back spasms in practice late this week. Munera has been punting during warm-ups. We'll have to wait and see when FIU has to punt whether it is Munera or Dustin Rivest. Can this season get any weirder?

Jgg Jackie has the pretty normal forecast for today's game: 76 degrees without a cloud in the sky. Another chamber of commerce day on the road for FIU. Now how about a chamber of commerce performance on the field.



****So that the question is not asked 500 times during the LIVE BLOG, here are your viewing & listening options for today's game: 

Blog BLOG: Right here.

Tv VIDEO: ESPN Game Plan and espn360.com

Radio RADIO: 790 AM until Panthers hockey begins, then the FIU game switches to 1080 AM -- both stations are the part-time homes of FIU Football.

A few reminders for all GPP LIVE BLOGS:

1) The size of the LIVE BLOG window is at its maximum, but the way the blog program works by making the window larger it takes away the scroll button. However, you can still view previous comments by using your arrow keys.

2) There are only 25 spots to be an unmoderated commentator which allows you to post comments without my approval.

If you are 1 of the first 25 to log-on AND I think you will contribute some worthwhile comments then I will go ahead and approve you as unmoderated commentator.

3) After the 25 spots are taken up, I then have to approve each comment from each reader. So if your comment takes a minute or so to show up it's because I'm busy either writing down the previous play for my game notes, working on the FIU/MT notebook for Sunday's paper or posting on the blog at the moment. At that time, I am not able to publish what you posted, but I will eventually get to it.

Let's go blogging....

November 06, 2009

FIU/Middle Tennessee Preview: It Ain't CSI: Miami

NASHVILLE -- Sometimes there are misconceptions about what a team has to do to win a football game. For your Panthers on Saturday there are no misconceptions -- unlike for some new Nashville friends.

In order for FIU to defeat Middle Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. You read it on here in Thursday's post: stop quarterback Dwight Dasher.

Met some new friends here in Nashville on Friday, who are planning on spending New Year's Eve inCsi Miami, but were worrried they would get shot. Told the ladies to stop watching CSI: Miami and Miami Vice re-runs. Been in Miami for the New Year's the past 30 years and have not taken a bullet in that time.

And you sure as hell don't need to be a part of CSI: Miami to figure out how FIU wins on Saturday.

It's a simple formula for FIU winning on Saturday: stop Dasher and establish some sort of running game to keep Dasher as much as possible off the field and the Panthers go home winners.

In fact, as predicted in the preseason....now that Dudley LaPorte won't catch the game-winning touchdown in the St. Petersburg Bowl and defeat South Florida, because he is out for the season with a broken foot.....I will go out on another limb and say that if FIU defeats Middle Tennessee on Saturday, then the Panthers will finish this season with the same exact record as last season: 5-7....A win over the Blue Raiders will spur FIU to finish the season with wins over North Texas and Florida..............................................Atlantic.

No, not the Gators -- if that happens I have already said I'm walking from Gainesville back to Miami. But that's another story and another Saturday.

First things, first. Dasher makes up about 98% of the Blue Raiders offense and if FIU can limit and contain Davis him, especially his rushing then I really think the Panthers go home happy with a W.

Especially, key in this game will be the FIU linebackers, who will likely be expected to keep an eye on Dasher. Need another monster game from Aaron Davis, (left, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo), Tyler Clawson (below, right, thanks AJH photo) and Scott Bryant.

However, I'm not so sure the FIU D can hold up against Dasher through 4 quarters. The Panthers do not have the depth and all of the speed necessary to dominate Dasher.

But FIU doesn't have to dominate Dasher, if the Panthers can limit him and establish some sort of running game where FIU chews up the clock, then I like FIU's chances.

But again, I'm not so sure FIU has all the tools yet to have a powerful, consistent run game.Clawson

So therefore, I must pick Middle Tennessee to win Saturday and it won't be close. Sorry, FIU fans, but I don't see a close game on Saturday. Until FIU finds a way to stop mobile QBs (just about every Sun Belt team has one), the Panthers will struggle.

GPP says: Middle Tennessee 41, FIU 23

Aaapaw Will have the LIVE GPP BLOG of FIU/Middle Tennessee on Saturday beginning at 4:15 p.m. And we'll have Jackie's forecast as well.

You can catch the FIU/Middle Tennessee game at 2 locations for watch parties: The Sports Grill on Bird Road and SW 117 Ave & Finnegan's on the River in downtown Miami.


November 05, 2009

The Price Is Dwight

Price It's real simple for FIU to win Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee. If the Panthers want to beat the Blue Raiders, the price is Dwight.

FIU faces Middle Tennessee, which might be the second best team in the Sun Belt after Troy. The Blue Raiders are pretty stacked in all three facets of the game, but they go as their top-notch quarterback Dwight Dasher goes.

Earlier this week, I wrote that Dasher is like a mini-Vince Young (Texas Longhorn days, not Tenn. Titans). FIU has to account for both Dasher's feet and arm.

However, don't take my word for it. Read up on what MT's beat writer Adam Sparks (right) has to say about the team he covers and what he expects in Saturday's game in our 5 questions with the Panthers opponentSparks this week:

1) I've seen Dwight Dasher (below, left) play FIU the last 2 years and he has been a handful for the FIU D. Is stopping Dasher, the best chance for FIU to win Saturday or who else does the Panthers defense have to worry about?

AS: Dasher obviously needs to have a sub-par day for FIU to win. Aside from being MTSU’s leading rusher and passer, he also leads the nation in offensive touches (or at least he did a couple weeks ago, when I last checked). RB D.D. Kyles is coming off a career game running the ball, but he benefits most when defenses give too much attention to Dasher’s running ability. Dasher’s favorite target in the passing game is a toss-up. It seems to change every game.

Dash 2) What is the best way for the FIU offense to go about attacking the MT defense? Is there a weak link on the Raiders D?
AS: Not sure if there is a distinct weak link, but offenses that can run the ball with power sometimes wear down MTSU’s front line (see

Troy, Mississippi State). Not sure if FIU has that kind of muscle up front. MTSU’s defensive philosophy is to stuff the run early and then attack. It’s an aggressive style with a lot of blitzing, a lot of movement and a lot of rotating personnel (this is the most depth MTSU has had in years).

3) Seems like Middle Tennessee has some pretty good special teams. Has it usually been that way or is it just this season that the special teams have stood out?

AS: The return game has been pretty good the last few years. It’s O.K. this year. Kicker Alan Gendreau is having an outstanding year (12-13 this season and 20 of last 22, dating back to last season). MTSU has blocked five kicks (three last week vs. FAU). As coach Rick Stockstill says, MTSU is a “punt block team.” Their defensive philosophy of attacking bleeds over into the kick/punt block teams. And Stockstill doesn’t care about punt return yards. He only wants the punt caught safely.

4) FIU is a two-touchdown underdog.  How do the Panthers go about pulling the upset?

AS: Very simple. Win the turnover margin. MTSU has the best turnover margin in the Sun Belt, and all its losses hinge on losing the turnover margin. Last year FIU beat MTSU because of a couple of costly interceptions. Do it again and FIU can win. Secondly, QB Paul McCall needs to make good decisions with the football, and not just interceptions. Know when to throw it away when MTSU’s pass rush comes quickly. And know when to exploit an MTSU blitz for a big gainer to one of those tall WRs.

5) Your game prediction and score?

AS: Like I said, turnover margin could swing this game for FIU, but that would be uncharacteristic for MTSU. The Blue Raiders have depth, while FIU is thin and injury-plagued. I think Hilton or somebody else will hit MTSU for a couple of big plays, but MTSU will wear down FIU from about the second or third quarter on. Maybe close early, but MTSU pulls away. MTSU 38, FIU 17




Aaapaw Will have your GPP preview and prediction of FIU/MT when I land in Nashville on Friday. The GPP LIVE BLOG of FIU/MT begins at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.


Also will have a LIVE BLOG for you from the Dean Dome on Monday night as your Panthers hoopsters tip-off the season against defending national champion North Carolina. We'll get live blogging on that one at 6:45 p.m. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.




November 04, 2009

FIU Hoops Exhibition Game LIVE BLOG

Welcome to U.S. Century Bank Arena as your Panthers play an exhibition game tonight against Northwood University.

Tonight will be the first and only time we'll see FIU under first-year coach Isiah Thomas before the Panthers open the season next Monday at defending national champion North Carolina.

Let's go blogging now

Gotta Love the Ladies

OCALA -- So you're asking yourself, what the hell kind of blog post title is that, Pete?

For starters, this is a G-rated blog so dismiss any other thoughts. It also has nothing to do with the golf tournament I'm up here in Ocala covering.

Or the adventure in getting toFiusoccer Ocala or the Seinfeld episode at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Ocala. Will get to all that non-sense at the end of this post.

For now let's recognize the FIU ladies sports that have been ripping through the Sun Belt Conference this fall.

On Wednesday morning your FIU women's soccer team -- regular season Sun Belt Champions -- open the Sun Belt tournament against Arkansas-Little Rock in the mouth of the rat or Boca Raton as is more commonly known.

The lady Panthers soccer team went from sixth place last season to first place this season -- to become the first Sun Belt team to do so. On Tuesday, FIU received 6 honors from the Sun Belt Conference.

The following Panthers were named to the All-Sun Belt team: Katrina Rose, Thaisa Moreno, Amy Jackson, Kaitlyn Savage.

Savage was also named Freshman of the Year and FIU coach Thomas Chestnutt won his second Sun Belt Coach of the Year award.

At the SBC Tournament at Florida Atlantic, FIU will be seeking its first Sun Belt championship since 2000.

Fiuvolley The FIU volleyball team (thanks Richard Lewis for both ladies team photos) keeps rolling right along. The Panthers have won a program-record 17 straight matches and are 24-2 on the season and 14-0 in the Sun Belt.

It seems the last time FIU lost a match they were inventing this thing called the internet.

FIU volleyball has just four more matches before the Sun Belt Tournament, which takes place in Western Kentucky on Nov. 19.

Will have an in-depth feature story on the FIU volleyball team in the MH in a couple of weeks before the ladies leave to Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Aaapaw Up here in Ocala covering the state golf championship. Wednesday is the final round and if it finishes on time, I will haul bass down to Miami to LIVE BLOG and catch the FIU basketball exhibition game at 7 p.m. All the information you need on the Panthers first exhibition game under Isiah is on the previous post.

Check back on the GPP on Wednesday afternoon as I will post an update as to whether or not I will be able to make it back to Miami on time to run a LIVE BLOG of the FIU hoops exhibition game.

Hopefully, getting back to Miami will be a lot smoother than what it took me to get to Ocala.

The cliff notes version of Tuesday's adventure: flat tire on the rental (fairly new Nissan Altima) on the FloridaBizarro Turnpike somewhere between Fort Pierce and Ocala. Wait about 1 hour+ for AAA, because the tire jack in the rental was from the year 1923.

Take tire to get plugged at Tires Plus. Mechanic says the hub cap is dented and fixed tire or new tire will not help this car. Mechanic says: "Even with a new tire, you will have a blowout on the way back to Miami".

Call Enterprise ask for a new car. No cars available in suburban Ocala Enterprise location. About 5:30 p.m. now and in about 2 hours there will be cars available but only in the Ocala airport location which is about 30-45 minutes away from where I'm at.

Arrive at Enterprise airport location and it is the "Bizarro Enterprise" location. If you watch Seinfeld, then you know what I mean ("Bizarro Jerry" episode [photo, above right] -- not Jerry, George and Kramer, but Kevin, Gene and Feldman).

At this Enterprise location, everyone is constantly asking if you have been helped or what can they do to make your Enterprise visit the best it can be. There are 4 to 5 employees working quickly to get everyone their cars. They ask "would you like some refreshments while you are waiting" and "We are working quickly to get you in your new car and on your way". Sure enough, got a car in less than 5 minutes and on my way. 

Red Before I left the Enterprise office, I told all 5 employees that you guys are the "Bizarro Enterprise" compared to the usual Miami office I deal with. Four of the 5 employeers were Seinfeld fans so they got my remark and started laughing. They had to explain what I meant to the 5th employee.

Was given a red mini-school bus or Chevy HHR as is the name of the auto. So if you see a red mini-school bus in the FIU parking lot on Wednesday night then you know I'm back in Miami.

Aaapaw Turtle released his 2010 schedule with some pretty good series for FIU baseball. The Panthers open with a 3-game home series against Maryland. Check out the rest of the sked at fiusports.com. BTW, interesting sked tidbit: South Florida cancelled their baseball series with FIU in 2010, because FIU dropped the Bulls in football for Rutgers. The biggest questions heading into the 2010 season right now is who will be the Panthers Nos. 2 & 3 starters after Scott Rembisz??

Aaapaw Football notes: The Sun Belt Conference signed an extension with the New Orleans Bowl today to guarantee a Sun Belt team vs. a Conference USA team in the bowl game through 2013. However, stay tuned, because the SBC champ may not automatically go to the New Orleans Bowl in the near future.No Word out of the SBC office is that they are working on sending the Sun Belt champ to another bowl game with the New Orleans Bowl being the second choice for the Sun Belt. No specific bowl games have been discussed where the SBC champ would end up at.

Receiver T.Y. Hilton was running and not jogging on his pass routes in practice Tuesday so that is a good sign so far this week.

The answer to NYCFIUFan's question of: Pete, Any reason why FIU hardly plays noon or 3:30 games on Saturdays?

PP: I've been told, because FIU feels they would draw the most fans for a night game. Although, I personally like the day games, because of friendly deadlines and once all the writing is done then the rest of Saturday is free.

November 03, 2009

First Look at FIU Basketball

It FIU will host Northwood in an exhibition game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

I will try to head down to Miami from Ocala on Wednesday afternoon to run a LIVE BLOG from the game.

Originally, this game was closed to the public and the media, but was opened up on Tuesday. It will be your first chance to see the 2009-2010 Panthers under first-year coach Isiah Thomas.

FIU opens the season at North Carolina next Monday, Nov. 9 on ESPNU.

**Will have another post on here in a couple of hours.

**Check back here on Wednesday afternoon and I will post whether or not I can make it to Miami on time for the basketball game.

November 02, 2009

Next Panthers Up

As you might have read in today's MH story on FIU's reserves Next Panthers Up that stepped up againstKick Louisiana on Saturday, your Panthers have adopted a motto from the title of a Baltimore Ravens book called "Next Man Up" when it comes to the boatload of injuries to hit FIU this season.

And several of those Panthers -- that filled in last Saturday and that will fill in for what could be the remainder of the season -- came up huge when it mattered most in the waning moments of Saturday's 20-17 overtime win over the Ragin' Cajuns.

By the way, great shot by Sam Lewis in the photo, right of the blocked field goal to end the game. (Click on the photo to enlarge it and get a better view of the picture). Also, really liked the Panthers wearing all white uniforms for home games.

Yes, FIU had a clutch game-tying drive in the final two minutes to send the game into OT, but Saturday's Davis game was won by your Panthers defense.

Saturday's game unleashed the Aaron Davis (left) we had heard so many good things about through high school and now in an FIU uniform. AD was all over the field and led FIU in tackles on Saturday. I thought only No. 44 is supposed to do that. Well, let's add No. 45 AD to lead that category.

Just as big coming through with the 3 biggest tackles in the win was unsung senior linebacker No. 49 Tyler Clawson (below, right), who almost single-handedly stopped the UL overtime drive with tackles that resulted in 1-yd gain, no gain and a loss of 2 yds.

AD was filling in for Toronto Smith (knee surgery) and TC was in for Winston Fraser, who continues to beTc bothered by a neck injury.

Freshman safety Jonathan Cyprien continued his solid work as he tied with AD for the team lead in tackles. Cyp is already second on the team this season in tackles with 47.

Of course, you can't forget the line's push led by Jonas Murrell on the field goal attempt that allowed Tourek Williams to get his left Panther paw up to block the kick and seal the win for FIU.

Offensively, we have begun to see the emergence of Wayne Times (left, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo). The way WT plays reminds me of T.Y. Did you see the moves he made on that 16-yard pass play with 22 seconds left to get the ball to the UL 4-yard line? WT caught a short pass and went another 15 yards as if we was a player in Madden.

Also, liked the way walk-on receiver Ariel Martinez has taken advantage of playing time. Although, he didn't have eye-popping numbers Saturday (3 catches for 39 yards), I do like how AM runs routes and seems to Times have secure hands along with good size (6-3) for a receiver.

Colt Anderson is looking better each game at tight end. He's got good hands too and is athletic enough to beat the LBs covering him.

Kudos to the kicking game too for FIU. Punter Carlos Munera averaged nearly 50 yards per punt vs. UL (48.3 yds) and kicker Dustin Rivest kept up his solid season. DR is now 9 of 11 on FGs and a perfect 22 of 22 on PATs.

Saturday's game was not the prettiest for the FIU offense, but the Panthers did churn out 145 yards on the ground. Still, if FIU's offense clicks like it has for most of this season, then I think the Panthers blow out the Cajuns on Saturday, because of the way the FIU D came to play.  

However, FIU cannot beat its chest too much, because one of the most exciting players in the Sun Belt awaits them on Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher (left), who sees FIU like a dog sees a piece of filet, is waiting. Dasher, who is generously listed at 5-10, feasted on FIU two years ago in Murfreesboro accounting for 5Young TDs in a game that was 47-0 Blue Raiders at halftime.

Dasher Dasher is like a mini-Vince Young (Longhorn days [photo, right] and not Titans). He will hurt you as much with his legs as his arm. He went 10-17 for 240 yards passing and 3 TDs and rushed for 58 yards and 2 TDs in the 2007, 47-6 win over FIU.

Last season, MT coach Rick Stockstill shot himself in the foot by not starting Dasher instead going with senior QB Joe Craddock, who was as mobile as a rock. Dasher came in the second half in the 31-21 FIU win and ran for 78 yards. Too little, too late in 2008.

We'll have more on the Blue Raiders later in the week and I'll be checking in with you from Ocala in the next few days when we pay tribute to the FIU ladies.


Aaapaw Before we get to the WIN A GPP BLOG Leaderboard, I have to ask: Who does TedGinn Ginn think he is.....T.Y. Hilton?   

  Aaapaw To those FIU fans who said hello at Saturday's game in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, my apologies for not going over to the stands and meeting you good people, but I had to be on the sideline for the game-tying drive and overtime. Drop by the open-air press box before the next home game against North Texas and say hello.

Aaapaw You get another 2 for 1 deal from the GPP later this week: LIVE BLOG from the FIU/MiddleHilton Tennessee game on Saturday and a LIVE BLOG from the FIU/North Carolina basketball season opener from the Dean Dome next Monday night.


WesFIU: Pete, I was at the game and I belive I didnt see TY play at all except for a kickoff return. Is he injured??? Whats going on???

PP: T.Y. is day-to-day with his recurring knee injury. The knee acted up on Saturday and he could barely run. He was cleared by the doctors today to be able to go at full strength in practice this week. Let's see how he practices this week.

Gooch7: Pete: Do you know what games we have scheduled for next year? How many open spots do we have in the schedule to fill? Finally, are we going to have 5 or 6 home games next year?

PP: Full slate of Sun Belt games (8) and then non-conference games at Texas A&M to open the season, home opener vs. Rutgers, at Maryland and at Central Florida. There will be 5 home games next season. In 2011 is the first season FIU has 6 home games when UCF and Duke visit FIU Stadium along with 4 Sun Belt home games.

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