Rhys Williams/ Sports Director
With the fall fast approaching there is only one thing that comes to the mind of the most adamant of sports fans, and that is the official start of football season.
Even though there are some, myself included, that believe football is a sport that goes all 365 days of the year with different levels, workouts, and practices, going at different times the regular season begins in August and the Panthers of FIU have 12 games this coming fall. That includes eight home games.
Even though football fans, regardless of what team, will probably watch all of the games I have come up with what I think the top five games to watch should be.
Game 3: Pitt at FIU
This is going to be the first “Big Boy” test for the Panthers in 2014. No, I am not talking about the Pitt Panthers, I am talking about the FIU Panthers – That’ll be confusing for the next couple of months.
Pitt is historically a football powerhouse and can put up some points. It should be a great game to watch for any fan.
Game 4: Louisville at FIU
This should be known as the “Attempt at Redemption” following the 72-0 blowout that caused FIU to be the laughing stock of all of college football in 2013. That makes this one of my top five games to watch for FIU in the 2014 season.
Game 6: FAU at FIU
The “Shula Bowl” is back in Miami on a Thursday night in early October as the Panthers host the Owls of Florida Atlantic University. The game, which will be on FSN, should be interesting as FIU looks to regain the trophy in this rivalry.
Game 9: Rice at FIU
The powerhouse of Conference USA football Rice University comes to Miami for the first meeting of the two schools on the football field on the first of November.
The Owls of Rice are one of the early favorites to win the conference in 2014 and I see no reason to dissent that.
Game 10: FIU at ODU
This is one of four away games for the Panthers in 2014 and I think it is the most interesting. With ODU not even fully being in FBS play yet – as they are in their second transitional year – it is hard to know exactly what to expect from the Monarchs. With quarterback Taylor Heinke being so dominant for ODU and the quarterback position still yet unknown at FIU it will be strange to see the outcome.
ODU is also the alma mater of FIU’s very own Women’s Basketball Head Coach Cindy Russo, so it will be interesting to see who she will be rooting for in the contest.
Keep checking back to FIUSM.com to get updates on all of the Panthers games coming up in the Fall.