Riding the wave of a double overtime victory over ULM last week, FIU should fell primed to make a Sun Belt Conference run, starting with Troy this weekend.
But the thing is, the SBC has been weird this season. Troy, the perennial power, had a slip up of their own when they lost to ULM by two touchdowns a few weeks back. We don’t need to bring up FIU’s debacle against rival FAU. Troy actually struggled to beat North Texas last weekend, edging them by a touchdown. UNT is very, very bad.
The issue here is that the Sun Belt conference isn’t that good. Others inexplicable examples of this conference’s ridiculous results include Louisiana losing big at home to Western Kentucky. Louisiana is a team that put Ohklahoma state on the ropes on Oct. 8, and lost a close one to Troy. Then they collapsed. Any team on any day can play someone close, but the SBC is a haven for it.
Troy has been the closest thing to consistency, but they are very beatable.
Corey Robinson is having a nice season in replacement of Levi Brown, leading Troy to the 18th best passing offense in the country, and they still run the ball decently with DeJuan Harris. Jerrel Jernigan is a beast, who functions in a similar fashion to T.Y Hilton.
On paper, FIU is arguably the best team in the conference. FIU is consistently running the football, and credit needs to go to Mario Cristobal and his staff for finally putting that together. FIU also has a better defense than Troy, but its the fluctuation in this conference is unpredictable.
But Troy has been dominant in homecoming games. 17-1-1 dominant. I can’t possibly be surprised if FIU loses big.
Troy has to much going for them at home.
- Check out FIU Student Media’s men’s basketball preview if you’re in the area and want to stop by and pick up a Beacon Newspaper at any FIU campus. Also, the stories are posted online, and I put the lead story I wrote in a previous post here on ProSportsBlogging.
- Basketball is on the radio on Radiate FM. That is 95.3 in Southwest Miami-Dade Country, 96.9 in North Miami, and 88.1 inHomestead. Also, ofcourse, it will stream live on fiusm.com. This will work, I promise. Unlike games outdoors for football in which we struggle technically, the U.S Century Bank Arena provides a great connection for us, as you have seen in our recent FIU volleyball broadcasts. They open today vs. Florida Memorial at 8 p.m.
- Volleyball closes out it’s schedule at home against Troy and South Alabama this weekend. The team has come on strong of late with the addition of a previously ineligible Jovana Bjelica. We will be on the radio for the USA game (Nov. 13).
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Written by Jay Ramos