FIU | 2013 College Football Preview

FIU Panthers 2013 game by game breakdown

Aug. 31: @ Maryland, 12:30 p.m.

First game under a new coaching staff and on the road at a team from a BCS automatic qualifier conference. Maryland 31, FIU 14.

Sept. 6: Central Florida, 8 p.m.

A battered offensive line could lead to a too-battered Jake Medlock. UCF 33, FIU 17.

Sept. 14: Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m.

FIU will be favored, but if it comes out flat, watch for that horse named upset. FIU 34, Bethune 16.

Sept. 21: @ Louisville, 12 p.m.

After the past two years, there’s no chance Louisville sleeps on FIU. Louisville 38, FIU 14.

Oct. 5: @ Southern Mississippi, 4 p.m.

In Conference USA Game 1, two defenses who know what they’re doing sit on two offenses still getting a handle on it. FIU 17, Southern Miss 10.

Oct. 12: Alabama-Birmingham, 7:30 p.m.

Erratic and 3-9 described UAB last year, too, but the Blazers were young. UAB 31, FIU 17.

Oct. 26: Louisiana Tech, TBD

New coach, new conference, few returning starters. Not FIU — La. Tech. FIU 28, La. Tech 27.

Nov. 2: East Carolina, TBD

Fifteen starters returning from a bowl team — including a quarterback, a 1,000-yard runner and a 1,000-yard receiver. ECU 46, FIU 20.

Nov. 9: @ Middle Tennessee State, 4 p.m.

Logan Kilgore and home field gives Middle the last bullet in the shootout. Middle 38, FIU 35.

Nov. 16: @ UTEP, 8 p.m.

The only home game in the final six for the Miners, Miners, Not Exactly the 49ers. UTEP 24, FIU 21.

Nov. 23: Marshall, TBD

(Rakeem) Cato makes FIU resemble so many Inspector Clouseaus. Marshall 41, FIU 24.

Nov. 29: @ FAU, 3 p.m.

Throw the records out the window for this one. Please. FAU 28, FIU 24.

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