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Gameday X: Duel in the Sun (Bowl)

Combined score of last week's losses by FIU and UTEP: 99-7.

Combined score of UTEP's last two Conference USA games: 86-14.

Combined losing streak: 11

This is a weakness-on-weakness confrontation.

FIU can't stop the pass, but UTEP throw's the ball like it's a boulder.

UTEP can't stop the run, but FIU runs the ball in bumps of progress better measured by blades of grass than yards.

Each's pass protection reminds you of the store security guard who moves with alacrity only toward the bathroom. I'm not sure if that'll be a problem today because neither rushes the passer well. 

UTEP's the worst team at kickoff and kickoff coverage in Conference USA. FIU's next-to-last in returning kickoffs.

We could go on all day. I won't. It's been a long week and I have other things to do this morning before heading for Homestead-Miami Speedway. UTEP doesn't commit as many turnovers and is at home in the Sun Bowl. They've also been annihilated three consecutive weeks, redshirt freshman quarterback Mack Leftwich will be in his second start and FIU assistants Andre Patterson and Tom Williams give FIU an advantage on personnel knowledge.

If FIU starts quickly, that can birth the biggest snowball you'll ever see in a border town. FIU rarely starts quickly this season, however.

FIU 13, UTEP 10. But that's one black man's opinion. I could be wrong.

 

 

 

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