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Hitting the road as gameday starts ...



About to hit the road to get down to Miami for today's USF-FIU game at 5, but want to get a few more links up before I'm enjoying a few hours of Interstate 75 ...

-- The Big East has bounced back nicely in the last eight days, with solid wins against BCS opponents for USF (Kansas), Connecticut (Virginia and Baylor) and Louisville (Kansas State). West Virginia's loss at Colorado might not leave the league with only one ranked team -- I think Connecticut could be the team that takes the Mountaineers' vacated position in the polls. If Pittsburgh could beat Iowa today, it would bring a little more interest to USF's Big East opener Oct. 2. Rutgers is at Navy, which has lost to Towson State and Duke, so if the Knights can't win there, it's another hit for the Big East.

-- I've been saying all week that USF should be talking about the 2006 game with FIU if they want to make sure players take this game seriously. Instead, Jim Leavitt's been raving about how well the Golden Panthers played in a 30-point loss to Kansas. The Lakeland Ledger's Tom Zebold writes about how the 2006 win -- only because of a touchdown with three minutes left -- will motivate the Bulls today.

-- One thing we haven't written about this week is how FIU is on NCAA probation and facing scholarship reductions for a variety of rules violations between 2002-07. It's jarring when you look at FIU's media guide, in that the football program has only been playing since 2002, but all results from 2003-05 had to be vacated, so there are no scores for those years.

-- The Miami Herald writes about FIU's big dreams as the Panthers open their new football stadium. The columnist questions whether the vision is brilliant or foolish: "There is the risk that FIU will invest in the very expensive sport of football and be mired in perpetual mediocrity."

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