FIU football coach Butch Davis discusses the fall season
Aug. 29 at Tulane, 8 p.m.
The Green Wave upset Memphis last year and won its bowl game against Louisiana. Tulane 28, FIU 24
Sept. 7 Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.
The Hilltoppers, league champs in 2015 and 2016, slumped to 3-9 last season. New coach Tyson Helton rebuilds. FIU 42, Western Kentucky 21
Sept. 14 New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
The Wildcats, who finished 4-7 last year, won’t be able to keep up with the Panthers. FIU 45, New Hampshire 10
Sept. 21 at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs won the Hawaii Bowl last year and sent sack-master Jaylon Ferguson to the NFL. FIU 28, Louisiana Tech 24
Oct. 5 Massachusetts, 7 p.m.
The Minutemen, with new coach Walt Bell, are going to throw … a lot. FIU 52, Massachusetts 17
Oct. 12 Charlotte, 7 p.m.
New coach Will Healy inherits all-league running back Benny LeMay. FIU 35, Charlotte 24
Oct. 19 Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m.
The Miners, who finished 1-11 last year, are the lowest-ranked team in Conference USA. FIU 45, UTEP 6
Oct. 26 at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.
Four-year starting QB Brent Stockstill graduated, and he leaves a huge void. FIU 34, Middle Tennessee 12
Nov. 2 Old Dominion, noon
QB Messiah deWeaver has the name but maybe not the game. The young Monarchs start just three seniors. FIU 31, Old Dominion 13
Nov. 9 at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.
The Owls have routed FIU the past two years. But with RB Devin Singletary off to the NFL, that streak ends. FIU 28-27
Nov. 23 vs. Miami
Marlins Park will host the heavily favored Hurricanes and the Panthers. Miami 48, FIU 10
Nov. 30 at Marshall
Sophomore QB Isaiah Green returns after last year beating FIU, FAU and, in a bowl game, South Florida. Marshall 42, FIU 38