User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

FIU Preview

There is only one way to go for the Golden Panthers and that is up. Florida International University, which started its football program in 2002, experienced a winless season that was marred by an ugly team brawl with the Miami Hurricanes. Last season, FIU lost 28 lettermen and had several players kicked off the team or suspended. With all those circumstances to deal with, head coach Don Strock resigned with three games to go. In comes a local influence in Mario Cristobal, a former player at the University of Miami. Mario played lineman for the Hurricanes, and has had coaching stints with Miami and Rutgers.  The Golden Panthers return eight starters on offense, and six starters on defense. Most of the back-ups did get plenty of playing time and will try to build on that experience.

The offense will improve because the offensive line will have four starters returning with experience from last season. The line was mostly ineffective last season, as the team averaged just 57 yards rushing per game and allowed 32 sacks. The quarterback position will be up for grabs after Taveras Kendrick, the schools all-time leading passer, has moved on. The QB job is wide open, but the early nod is going to back up Paul McCall. A'mod Ned (482 yards, two touchdowns) returns as the leading rusher and should have a better season with a more experienced line. The receivers looks weak even though several freshmen received playing time last season. Leading receiver Chandler Williams departed with 67 receptions, leaving three sophomores to start in a new spread offense that has been implemented.

The defensive line lost star Antwan Barnes to the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the draft. However, seven of the top defensive lineman return, helping the school to its highest quarterback sack total and the least amount of rushing yards allowed in the program's short history. The linebackers will be the weakest unit on the team, as they lose three starters in Keyonis Bouie, James Black and Alexander Bostic. Bostic and Bouie will be especially hard to replace, as they were Sun Belt Conference first-team selections. The secondary must replace three of the four starters from last season, but return six players with starting experience. That is good news as the unit was much improved last season. Special teams were a disaster last season, and there will be new faces here.

FIU is the youngest team in the country with a new coach and a good work ethic that believes in discipline as a core value. The offense should be better this season, but the defense must replace six of its seven leading tacklers. The Golden Panthers will be one of the most improved teams this season, but will have some growing pains with a new coaching staff and their new schemes.

Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 8
USC suspends LB Ruffin indefinitely
Fresno State fires coach DeRuyter
USC preparing to face high-scoring Cal
Ohio State slips, PSU in, Houston out
Alabama sails into bye minus Jackson
LBs return to lead versatile PSU defense
UCLA offense on fire but still losing
Baylor has tough road on and off field
Why Buy Picks From
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
30-9 Totals, 37-15 L5 Sat., +1,265
17-9 L26 G-Plays, 60% +911 TY
10-5 CFB Record This Month
3-0 Friday, 14-7 Run, +2,089 Totals
5 Wins in a Row, 7-3 L10 Totals
9-3 Record Saturday
5-2 Saturday, 7-2 Week 8
13-6 Saturday, 12-6 L18 Totals
5-2 CFB Picks Saturday
7-4 Saturday, 18-8 L26 Totals
4-1 Last 5 CFB G-Plays
9-2 L11 CFB Guarantees
5-1 L6 Guaranteed Plays
2-0 Record Last Thursday
4-2 Saturday, 5-1 L6 Guarantees
NCAA FB College Football Expert Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 1265
Scott Rickenbach + 911
Pat Hawkins + 550
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Christian Alexander + 295
Kevin Rogers + 275
Scott Pritchard + 190
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 60 %
Kyle Hunter 59 %
Michael Black 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 620
The Gold Sheet + 570
Marc Lawrence + 340
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2089
Kyle Hunter + 1470
Joe Williams + 817
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 661
Scott Rickenbach + 380
Andy Iskoe + 156
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership