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Two Gentlemen from Miramar, a rainy night in Georgia

One down.

You can bet a bucket of bullion coins that when quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey came out of Miramar High and went to West Virginia, they never thought they'd eventually be pulling FIU toward a bowl across the state to the joy of FIU fans. But, Thursday night, Bailey's diving 26-yard catch of Smith's fourth-and-10 pass with six seconds left set up a 28-yard zeroes-on-the-clock field goal as West Virginia dumped South Florida 30-27.

South Florida's not bowl eligible. So, if favored Cincinnati dumps UConn Saturday and Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, FIU's likely to head for the Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 20. That might happen even if just the former happens.

Let's see what the bettors and (legal) bookies say about Saturday. Cincinnati opened a 9 1/2-point favorite and that's remained 9 to 9 1/2 in Vegas, and dropped to 9 offshore. Translation: the vast majority of bettors like Cincinnati to win straight up, but they're evenly split on the spread.

Pitt opened a 13-point favorite, but is down to 10 or 10.5 most places in Vegas, down to 10 offshore. Bettors jumped on the Syracuse side of a pudgy early line but there's clearly not a lot of regard for the college of Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Larry Csonka, Floyd Little and Joe Morris.

The Beef O'Brady's Bowl official Twitter account tweeted after Thursday's game, "Wow, could that game have been any closer? What a game! One step closer FIU fans, one step closer."

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Meanwhile, the Golden Panthers rained bricks on Atlanta -- 24.1 percent from the field, four of 24 (16.7 percent) from three-point range in a 73-47 loss at Georgia State.

DeJuan Wright had 17, but on five-of-15 shooting. Phil Taylor had 12 points. Domique Ferguson grabbed 12 rebounds. Obviously, there were a lot of those on the offensive end for FIU.

FIU trailed only 27-21 at halftime and a Wright tap-in got FIU within two at 27-25 early in the second half. But after a Jeremy Allen layup with 10:25 left, FIU got only one more field goal, a Gilles Dierickx jumper with 1:14 left. In between, Georgia State ballooned a 46-38 lead into 73-45.

Saturday, FIU faces Alabama State in one of two December home games and the only one before going to the Lumberjack E-Tech Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas, Dec. 10 and 11 against Texas Wesleyan and Stephen F. Austin; Maryland, Dec. 14; and Dayton, Dec. 17.

 

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awesome!!! 1 down 2 to go.. lets get to St. Pete!

we are going head-to-head with WKU... Dontlet them be the only ones posting at the second possible destination, hit them up at;

http://www.facebook.com/BBVACompassBowl?sk=app_2373072738

Looks like you guys are heading to a bowl game. I got to tell you, im a bit jeoulous. I dont know the next time my team will be in a bowl. I am hopping the U only gets a 3 yr bowl ban, but most likely it will be 5 yrs. I am having suciadal thoughts thinking on how bad the "U" has become and is going to be. Good luck FIU.

“Let the truth come out,” Braman said. “Now we’ll know what this whole thing was about and who was really for this travesty.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/02/2529191_p2/feds-open-sec-probe-into-miami.html#ixzz1fTxnSU2h

Miami-Dade County was frauded. Lies, Lies, & more lies from all these politicians. It all began with the OB being declared "not safe" Oh no there is no money...Oh no we are a "professional" college team & need a professional stadium...Lies Lies...A certain President, mayor, all receiving kickbacks! They will all pay for destructing all of our hard work at the OB. Don't get me wrong, Babalawo like baseball too, but the issue here is that we all were lied to. Long live my beloved OB! X-mas gift here

I'm not just jealous, I'm "hopping" jealous.

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