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FIU Panthers 2016 game-by-game breakdown

Marshall QB Chase Litton
Marshall QB Chase Litton AP

Sept. 1 vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m.

The Hoosiers beat FIU 36-22 last year. This year, Indiana, with a suspect defense and a new QB who is 6-6 and 240 pounds, is picked fifth in its seven-team East Division of the Big Ten. Indiana 31, FIU 21.

Sept. 9 vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m.

Maryland, ranked seventh in the seven-team East Division of the Big Ten, has a new coach in D.J. Durkin. FIU has a shot at knocking off a Big Ten team — Maryland more likely than Indiana. Maryland 28, FIU 27.

Sept. 17 at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m.

The Minutemen won only three games last year, but they prevailed at FIU 24-14. The UMass coach is Mark Whipple, who served as Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2009-2010. FIU 27, Massachusetts 13.

Sept. 24 vs. UCF, 7 p.m.

FIU beat 0-12 UCF 15-14 last year. New UCF coach Scott Frost, who was Oregon’s offensive coordinator, runs a no-huddle offense that could give FIU fits. FIU 28, UCF 27.

Oct. 1 Vs. FAU, 7 p.m.

FAU, which beat FIU 31-17 last year, is led by Conference USA preseason Defensive Player of the Year Trey Hendricks, a defensive end. FIU 17, FAU 3.

Oct. 8 at UTEP, 8 p.m.

Brent Pease, who spent 2012-2013 as the offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, is now calling plays for the Miners, who have an unsettled QB situation and a star RB in Aaron Jones. FIU 21, UTEP 20.

Oct. 15 at Charlotte, 6 p.m.

The 49ers enter this season on a 10-game losing streak, including a 48-31 defeat at FIU. Charlotte’s top newcomer this year is former University of Miami QB Kevin Olsen. FIU 35, Charlotte 20.

Oct. 22 vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs were at home last year when they shut down FIU 27-17. However, they graduated their star QB, star RB and eight defensive starters. And now the Bulldogs will be the road team. FIU 27, Louisiana Tech 17.

Oct. 29 vs. Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Rick Stockstill is considered the most accurate passer in the league, and the Blue Raiders, who beat FIU 42-34 last season, picked up Ole Miss transfer RB I’tavious Mathers. Middle Tennessee 45, FIU 27.

Nov. 5 at Western Kentucky, 5:30 p.m.

The Hilltoppers spanked FIU 63-7 last season and beat South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl. QB Brandon Doughty, who is now with the Dolphins, could be replaced by University School’s Mike White. Western Kentucky 31, FIU 14.

Nov 19 vs. Marshall, 7 p.m.

Marshall routed FIU 52-0 last year. QB Chase Litton, who ran the offense as a freshman last year, is back, and he is ranked the best scrambler in the league. Marshall 35, FIU 10.

Nov. 26 at Old Dominion (TBA)

With a break or two, FIU could be playing this game to get to six wins and become bowl-eligible. FIU beat the no-huddle Monarchs 41-12 last year. FIU 35, Old Dominion 20.

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