TROY, Ala. (CBSMiami) – The Florida International University Panthers will not be going bowling this season if they can’t win out the rest of their schedule. The mission will start in Troy against the Trojans on Saturday.
FIU is just 1-6 on the season and 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. It’s been a complete letdown for a team that was expected to contend for the Sun Belt championship after returning most of the starting defense from last year’s bowl team.
But FIU has been a shell of itself and now has to deal with a Troy team that is historically one of the better teams in the Sun Belt. Troy is 3-3 on the season, 2-2 in conference play, but Trojans head coach Larry Blakeny holds a 6-2 career record against FIU.
FIU sophomore quarterback Jake Medlock returned to the lineup last week and threw for a career-high 380 yards against Middle Tennessee State, but it wasn’t enough for the Panthers to notch a home win.
FIU’s game against Troy will be at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium where FIU has won just one game since 2003.
If FIU can’t get a win against Troy, it will mark the team’s seventh loss of the season, which would mean they couldn’t qualify for a bowl invitation. After Troy, FIU has Western Kentucky at home, then at South Alabama and FAU before closing out the season against Louisiana Monroe in Miami.