A week after Conference USA got its final realignment for 2013 together, FIU was able to announce a football schedule that opens Aug. 31 at Maryland and closes Nov. 30 at FAU.
In between, FIU hosts Central Florida on Sept. 7 and Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 14 in non-conference games. Their non-conference schedule ends with a trip to Sugar Bowl-champion Louisville, Sept. 21.
FIU’s in C-USA’s East Division with FAU and Middle Tennessee State, both of which will leave the Sun Belt with FIU and North Texas this summer; Marshall; Southern Mississippi; East Carolina; and Alabama-Birmingham. Games against each of the other East schools and two games against the West Division, the Oct. 26 Louisiana Tech home game and a Nov. 16 road game at UTEP, comprise FIU’s conference schedule.
The Panthers open conference play Oct. 5 at Southern Mississippi. After that, there’s a run of home conference games against Alabama-Birmingham, Louisiana Tech and East Carolina. The Panthers fourth and last home conference game is against Marshall, Nov. 23.
The closing game, the Shula Bowl against FAU, has slowly been brought back from limbo. First, it was to be suspended indefinitely because FIU was leaving FAU in the Sun Belt Conference. Then, the game got put on hiatus for only 2013 once FAU accepted the invitation from Conference USA. Once FAU and Middle decided to leave the Sun Belt in 2013 instead of 2014, the game got its late season place back on both schedules.