Could FIU Football Go Undefeated This Season?

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Florida's two best Division I FBS teams outside the big six conferences (or what's left of them -- sorry, USF) entered FIU Stadium undefeated this past Saturday. Only one left with a perfect record. The Golden Panthers engineered a mild 17-10 upset over UCF and remained hot after last week's huge road win over Louisville. Sure, unreal, early expectations have a habit of throwing water on flames, so we're almost hesitant to wonder whether FIU has a chance to end the season with a perfect record. Though, given the rest of the team's schedule, it's possible.

In his fifth year as head coach at FIU, Mario Crisotbal has the perfect storm of conditions to make this a statement season. His team is as good as it's ever been, while their nonconference schedule is relatively weak. They've already conquered Lousville and UCF. All that's left on the nonconference schedule is the MAC's Akron (Oct. 8) and the ACC's Duke (Oct. 1).

Duke is notoriously one of the weakest teams in the AQ conferences and somehow looks even worse this year. They opened the season with a loss to an FCS team and managed their first win just this past weekend by pulling a one-point victory against similarly sucky Boston College. Sure, we shouldn't put much stock in transitive winning scenarios, but FIU just beat UCF. UCF destroyed BC 30-3. Duke scraped by with a one-point victory against BC. Throw in FIU's home-field advantage, and you do the math.

Akron doesn't look much better. They're 0-3, including a conference loss.

The rest of the Golden Panthers' schedule is against fellow Sun Belters, and they went 6-2 in the conference last year. There's no reason they shouldn't improve on that. No team in the conference is as hot as the Panthers. Their only losses in the conference last year were to FAU and Middle Tennessee. FAU is at home this year, and while Middle Tennessee is on the road, they don't look too threatening this year either.

Again, we're just rampantly speculating, and it's still so early in the season. But looking around the mid-major conferences, no one besides the usual suspects (Boise State, TCU, Utah) and maybe Houston and San Diego State have as solid a chance at having a BCS-busting season than the Panthers (also consider that FIU has virtually the same schedule, with home and away switched up, next year). And with the sudden instability in the conference system, it could leave FIU poised to make a move out of the FBS basement of the Sun Belt. Just make sure you keep Cristobal on lock, guys.

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Keep it up, FIU
Keep it up, FIU

FIU could definitely go undefeated. Probably won't happen because only one or two teams each year is able to endure an entire 12 game season without faltering at least once. But with how they've played so far and who's on the remaining schedule there is a chance.

It's impressive what FIU and Cristobal have done with the football program in these few short years. I'm surprised area residents would be talking crap about FIU instead of acting with class and showing casual support. To each their own, I guess.

Bily
Bily

Could FIU Football Go Undefeated This Season?

No

Reasonable
Reasonable

LOL @ FERNIE B! You just said beating Duke would be a statement game!!!! LMFAO!!! hahahahahahahahahaha. FIU will never be relevant as long as they are in the Sun Belt. Recruits know that and so does everyone else. A move to a major conference would turn heads but not in the right direction because there is no way FIU can beat the teams in the Big Easy and the ACC as well as the SEC. I mean FIU and the local papers need to be more realistic. The only thing they are trying to do is get readers and sell season tickets by hyping up a team thats only hald decent.

Fernie B
Fernie B

Duke will be the statement game... If we can blow them up, which we should be able to... then heads will turn.. The UCF game could've have very easily gone the other way. We got a few lucky breaks and made UCF pay.

Gh
Gh

I really see FIU this year as Ball State a couple of years ago -- easy schedule should get them ranked, but they'll get clobbered when it's bowl season.

I think it's delusional for the writer to suggest FIU has the ability to be BCS busters. That's a joke.

Reasonable
Reasonable

LOL @ FERNIE B! You just said beating Duke would be a statement game!!!! LMFAO!!! hahahahahahahahahaha. FIU will never be relevant as long as they are in the Sun Belt. Recruits know that and so does everyone else. A move to a major conference would turn heads but not in the right direction because there is no way FIU can beat the teams in the Big Easy and the ACC as well as the SEC. I mean FIU and the local papers need to be more realistic. The only thing they are trying to do is get readers and sell season tickets by hyping up a team thats only hald decent.     

Fernie B
Fernie B

how old is this program?  tell me another program that has grown so much in so little time. With practically no money

Fernie B
Fernie B

well they cant move out of the conference now can they? They need at least another conference title and maybe doing by going 11-1 or 12-0 and not 7-5 or whatever the hell our record was last year. What FIU has done in a few years is amazing. Personally I dont care for season ticket holders or them trying to sell them by hyping the team. I mean last time I checked they were pretty reasonable.

Javier
Javier

FIU just beat a Big East opponent (Louisville) and a Conference USA opponent (UCF), how is an FIU win against Duke that hard to believe? Our team can do it for sure! GO PANTHERS! Panthers on a roll, F-I-UUUUU!

Realist
Realist

I agree - an FIU win over Duke is not hard to think of, and may be a statement win for the program this year. That said - how would you look at a game involving Duke and a major college from an AQ conference? It's a guaranteed win for the AQ team - but a maybe win for FIU.

Check back when you've got guaranteed wins against AQ teams. Then you've arrived.

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