Breaking down the FIU Panthers’ 2018 schedule:
▪ Sept. 1, Indiana: The Hoosiers beat FIU 34-13 in 2016. This year, Indiana returns all five starting offensive linemen. Prediction: Indiana 27-10
▪ Sept. 8, at Old Dominion: The Monarchs dropped from 10 wins in 2016 to five last year, and FIU will be desperate to get this road win.:FIU 21-20
▪ Sept. 15, Massachusetts: The Minutemen, coached by ex-UM offensive guru Mark Whipple, can score. FIU 45-38
▪ Sept. 22, at Miami: This shouldn’t be too competitive, but it will be interesting. UM 45-10
▪ Sept. 29, Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Justice Hansen is the best quarterback in the Sun Belt, and the Red Wolves are underrated overall. APB 36-24
▪ Oct. 13: Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders, looking for their fourth straight bowl berth, return perhaps the best QB-WR duo in Conference USA --Brent Stockstill and Ty Lee. MT 38-22
▪ Oct. 20, Rice: The Owls, who went 1-11 last year, including a 13-7 loss to FIU, now have a new coach and a new pro-style offense. FIU 24-0
▪ Oct. 27, at Western Kentucky: Former Broward prep star Mike White is gone from WK after passing for more than 4,000 yards in each of the past two years. FIU 24-17
▪ Nov. 3: Florida Atlantic: Coach Lane Kiffin and star RB Devin Singletary return to lead the reigning Conference USA champs, who ended season on a 10-game win streak. FAU 55-22
▪ Nov. 10, at Texas-San Antonio: The Roadrunners lost defensive end Marcus Davenport to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. FIU 30-10.
▪ Nov. 17, at Charlotte: The 49ers are rebuilding after a 1-11 season.FIU 28-14.
▪ Nov. 24, Marshall: Tyre Brady, formerly of South Dade High and UM, is Conference USA’s leading returning receiver. FIU 23-20.
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