The opening line for Saturday's game put FIU as a 25-point favorite. They're down to 23.5 to 24. What really looks interesting is the over/under opened at 51 points and is up to 54.5. The teams combined for 44 points in last year's 27-17 FIU win, in which the Panthers were favored by 17.
Not much to tell from practice Tuesday morning.
Freshman wide receiver DeAndre Jasper sees doctors Wednesday to get medical clearance to return to full practice. He was doing time with the second team in camp before getting injured. It'll take him a few weeks to get into full football shape and integrate with the offense. Before that, he and his 4.3 speed could be used on returns.
Nobody's said anything officially, but I think E.J. Hilliard has the backup quarterback job. Lorenzo Hammonds, Jr. is a nice athlete, but Hilliard's a good athlete with an arm.
CONFERENCE USA EXPANSION -- SORT OF
C-USA is adding affiliate members in various sports for the next two seasons. The only one who will remain an affiliate member and is in a sport FIU also participates is New Mexico men's soccer. The Lobos will be in 2013-14 what FIU is now in C-USA. They're ranked No. 3 nationally, meaning C-USA will be added three schools currently ranked in the Top 20 (New Mexico, UNC-Charlotte, Old Dominion) to a lineup that already includes ranked Alabama-Birmingham. Tough crowd.
RULES AND STUFF...
For those of you who are new this academic year or have forgotten: throw down in the comments all you want. Rip me, rip FIU. But comments either too gross or racist will be deleted. If I have to delete too many of your comments, I'll pull a de facto banning from the comments by deleting each of your future comments.