A year ago, FIU prepared for the football season as the consensus Sun Belt favorite. That won't be a problem this year.
I haven't seen Phil Steele's exhaustive analysis. But, I doubt it's that far off this consensus:
USA Today: 118th in the nation, one ahead of fellow Conference USA team Texas-San Antonio, but last in C-USA East.
Lindy's: 119th overall, again, one ahead of Texas-San Antonio. But Lindy's credibility takes a hit. In one article, Lindy's didn't list T.Y. Hilton among the state of Florida players taken in the 2012 draft and, in another, said FIU fired Mario Cristobal and hired Butch Davis. Both were by the same writer.
Athlon: 118th overall, 2-10, 1-7 in C-USA, last in the East.
The Sporting News: Last in the East, 13th of 14 in recruiting.
Tampa Bay Tech linebacker Fred Russ verbally committed to FIU Wednesday. He's rated at two stars by Rivals, not rated by Scout, 24/7Sports or ESPN.