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Faciane's status; the rest brought to you by letter S (spread, swimming, soccer)

Defensive tackle Isame Faciane, who had to be helped off the field twice Saturday at Troy, will play this Saturday against Western Kentucky. Faciane and the rest of the interior defensive line need to be dominant or FIU's offense could spend the game playing Monopoly on the sideline.

Western tends to line up in the I and pound the ball, although quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw for 308 yards Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. That was the first 300-yard performance of Jakes career and of any Western quarterback since 1994. Western once again has the Sun Belt's leading rusher. This time, his name's Antonio Andrews. According to Bowling Green Daily News writer Chad Bishop, Western coach Willie Taggart said Andrews tweaked a hamstring against ULM but would play against FIU.

The line on the game opened at Western by 4.5 and quickly moved up to 7 across the board. The early line setters clearly looked at FIU's last two games (close losses in which the Panthers covered the spread), looked at Western's last two games (a close win, an overtime loss), noted the game was at FIU and set the line. Alert bettors jumped on Western quickly, forcing the line to get a bump.

In answer to a question on a previous post: I plan to talk to defensive coordinator Todd Orlando this week.

On the Sun Belt coaches weekly teleconference Monday, North Texas coach Dan McCarney used the phrase "respect the football." I couldn't help but think of this...

 

SWIMMING & DIVING

Junior diver Sabrina Beaupre qualified for the NCAAs in the two diving events and senior Marina Ribi broke a school record that's hung around since 2004 in Saturday's tri-meet against FAU and Florida State.

FIU beat FAU 160-134 and lost to FSU 189-101.

Ribi's 2:04.36 in the 200 butterfly erased Claudia Barsi's record. Ribi won the 100 fly in 56.78. Junior Sonia Perez's 4:21.83 in the 400 individual medley was the 12th fastest time in Division I so far this year. FIU also went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle relay. Klara Andersson, Valeriia Popova, Becky Wilde and Kelly Grace got it done in 1:38.51 to beat Danielle Meara, Courtney VanderSchaaf, Colleen Quinn and Ribi by 1.29 seconds.

MEN'S SOCCER

Reader's Digest version: a 5-1 loss to Kentucky Sunday in which they avoided a shutout only by senior Lucas Di Croce's goal with less than three minutes left. FIU fell to 0-4-1 in Conference USA, 7-5-2 overall.

 

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Don't shy away from the questions we all want answered. 10 of 11 starters. "Experience DB's... Two Senior LBs, Two Senior Safeties, 'Belt preseason Defensive POY, Junior Isame, better bodies in Hickman and Crawford, talented Dysin and Fadol....

what happened?

chiapanther - every week DJ Neal writes the most comprehensive analysis of any college football game in this paper, don't complain because he doesn't give you the answer you want.

Everyone's calling for Mario Cristobal's head because the team has upperclassmen, it's like you're forgetting that Florida International lost the only great player the school has ever had this year. The guy who only came to FIU because his infant picked an FIU hat.

Granted it should be an even playing field with FIU's competition but none of these Sunbelt teams are dealing with the loss of a player like Hilton.

Buc,

Typically I donot feed trolls, but your comments are usually well constructed. Unlike the other two screen names that post on every fiu article.

DJN mentioned he will try and interview our DC. I can't "complain" about answers to a Q&A that hasn't occoured.

As for his writting; DJN is the best writer the Herald has put on this beat in a long time. Unfortunately FIU has given him nothing this year. Epic Failure.

As for TY. Yes we are all very aware of the reason he came to FIU. Because WVU was too far and he did not want to walk away from his son for four years and because the othee local school did not offer.

Regardless of reason TY was drafted in round 3 so I think it all worked out for everyone.

My fault, I thought you were looking for him to say Cristobal is the reason FIU's having a down year despite having upperclassmen, that's becoming a common theme in these comments sections.

TY and FIU were a perfect fit, Colts need to get him out there more on returns, he's a special talent.

The irony is that the team is doing better on offense without T.Y. out on the field. We miss him more on Special Teams, but his absence doesn't excuse the fact that the defense is playing like absolute trash.

In fact, if our offense was worse, we'd be able to point to T.Y. Hilton as the reason why we're regressing offensively. Instead, we're actually scoring more points per game despite our special teams and defense scoring less points per game. It's our defense, however, that's gone from something like 17th in scoring defense to 107th in the nation. You can't win games playing like that.

LOL!
The same bunch of ignorant little calle ochians that were screaming "we're better than The U" (absurd) before this season started are now begging for answers as to why the Perennial Losers they root for are back to the old tradition!...simply hilarious!

Here's the short answer: hitting the lottery with TY Hilton brought you up to mediocrity, now it's back to the basement where you belong!

Oh what a "rise"???...at this rate it looks like you also be "rising" again next year...hooray, right???
(snicker) : )

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