MIAMI (AP) — FIU will not be sneaking up on anyone this year.
The Panthers have been to bowl games in each of the past two seasons, something that most major college teams in the country cannot say. They’re also the popular pick to win the Sun Belt Conference title, meaning another postseason trip is expected.
Here’s the wild part: After starting 0-4 in 2010, the Panthers have won 15 of their past 22 games, matching Florida State for the best record of any team in the talent-rich state of Florida over that span.
FIU coach Mario Cristobal knows expectations are higher than ever. He’s not complaining, telling his team to embrace that challenge.