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Playing Two; Two Others in C-USA

The obvious choice for starting Saturday against Wagner is freshman Alex McGough. Forget the practices, in the game, McGough was flat out better than E.J. Hilliard. Both got hampered by wide receiver/tight end drops, but the offense worked better with McGough.

FIU coach Ron Turner's still doing the political public dance. Or, maybe he's truly conflicted. 

"We had planned going into the game to put Alex (McGough) in, either the third or fourth series. We ended up putting him in during the fifth series," says Turner via Conference USA. "We had no idea if we were going to keep him in there or bring E.J. back, but he (McGough) got in there and seemed to give us a little boost. He was doing a nice job of reading everything well. He was playing with great poise so we kept him in.

"Moving forward, I can see us using both quarterbacks. I’m not sure which one is going to start this week, but I can see using both of them. I still have a lot of confidence in E.J. He has to play like he practices. He had been making all the right checks and getting us in and out of plays."

 

Good news: FIU isn't scheduled to play Western Kentucky, which still has enough Brohm (head coach Jeff) to feel their Petrino: 708 yards of offense and 59 points on defending Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green.

Bad news: Alabama-Birmingham took the switch to Troy, Big Mama-style, 48-10. UAB was my pick to be Conference USA's Hot, Steaming Pile of Detroit this year. That trip to Legion Field might not be the duckwalk for FIU I thought it could be.

"My expectations are really high," UAB coach Bill Clark said in his first game since taking the Blazers top job. "For us, it's a lot easier to teach after a win. You can teach after a loss, but I would rather not experience the loss. We came right into meetings today and said this is good, but not great. We want to be great. 

 

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