After one of the biggest upsets in the history of two of the state of Florida’s FBS football programs, there has been a shake-up at the bottom of the standings this week.
Florida International upsetting Miami 30-24 at Marlins Park last Saturday has been called by some the biggest upset victory for FIU and the worst loss for Miami in school history.
FIU entered the game ranked No.7 in this poll while Miami was sitting in the No.2 spot, thanks to a 3-game winning streak.
The victory jumps FIU to No.4 this week, its highest ranking of the season, and drops Miami to No.5, its lowest ranking of the season.
Had Miami not handily defeated Florida State this month and USF not been embarrassed by Memphis on senior day on Saturday, the Canes may have slipped even further.
This week will feature another No.2 vs. No.7 matchup as UCF hosts USF on Friday night in the annual “War on I-4” game.
#1. Florida Gators (9-2, No.8 in AP Poll)
Week 13 Result: Off.
Next Game: Saturday 11/30, vs. Florida State, 7:30pm
Line: UF -18
Where Things Stand: Only a depleted Florida State team stands in between the Gators and a 10-win season. While rivalry games are never a walk in the park, UF figures to win easily and should be in fairly good position for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
#2. Central Florida Knights (8-3)
Week 13 Result: Central Florida 34, Tulane 31.
Next Game: Friday 11/29, vs. USF, 8pm.
Line: UCF -24.5
Week 13 Positives: Dillon Gabriel passed for 317 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 58 more yards in UCF’s win. The Knights held Tulane to just 4-for-18 on third down conversions and did not turn the ball over.
Week 13 Negatives: UCF was outscored yet again in the second half (24-17) and fourth quarter (14-3). Temple racked up over 400 yards of offense on UCF’s defense as well.
Where Things Stand: UCF is officially eliminated from defending its AAC championship thanks to Cincinnati’s 15-13 victory over Temple last Saturday. That doesn’t mean the Knights won’t be fired up to play rival USF in the War on I-4 game on Saturday and give themselves a chance at 10 wins this season if they can win their bowl game.
#3. Florida Atlantic Owls (8-3)
Week 13 Result: Florida Atlantic 40, Texas San-Antonio 26.
Next Game: Saturday 11/30, vs Southern Miss, 3:30pm
Week 13 Positives: Chris Robison passed for 336 yards and a touchdown as the Owls rolled up 526 yards of total offense in the win. The Owl defense also forced three turnovers in the victory.
Week 13 Negatives: UTSA rushed for 192 yards as a team and forced an FAU turnover. Not much else went wrong for the Owls in this game though.
Where Things Stand: FAU got the huge break it was looking for elsewhere as well as Charlotte topped Marshall 24-13. The FAU and Charlotte wins means that if the Owls defeat Southern Miss this Saturday, they will play for the Conference USA championship on December 7.
#4. Florida International Panthers (6-5)
Week 13 Result: Florida International 30, Miami 24.
Next Game: Saturday 11/30, at Marshall, 12pm
Line: FIU +7.5
Week 13 Positives: The Panthers earned the biggest win in school history over Miami thanks to a great performance by the offensive line that kept quarterback James Morgan upright and opened holes for the running game. Morgan passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns and the Panthers rushed for 137 yards as a team. FIU held Miami to three points and just 217 yards of offense in the first three quarters of play.
Week 13 Negatives: Not many. FIU was flagged for 14 penalties that equated to 126 yards. Other than that, it was a near flawless performance for the Panthers.
Where Things Stand: FIU is now bowl-eligible after this monster win over their “crosstown rival” Hurricanes. This is the highest the Panthers have been ranked in this poll this season and it is well-deserved after beating their first power five opponent in school history, in what some would call dominant fashion. Miami’s offense had no answers for FIU’s defense and the Panthers did enough on offense to pull off the upset.
#5. Miami Hurricanes (6-5)
Week 13 Result: Florida International 30, Miami 24
Next Game: Saturday 11/30, at Duke, 3:30pm
Line: Miami -7
Week 13 Positives: None. The Hurricanes lost to FIU.
Week 13 Negatives: Too many to list. The Hurricanes lost to FIU.
Where Things Stand: Shock. Disbelief. Shame. All perfectly acceptable feelings for Hurricanes fans right now. Losing to FIU is not acceptable and quite frankly someone has to be held accountable for the loss. Even more troubling to some is the trend of Miami not being prepared for or “playing down to” sub-par teams. Of the Hurricanes five losses this season, four have come against teams they were favored by four or more points against. Miami has to figure out how to play as a favorite and beat teams it is supposed to beat.
#6. Florida State Seminoles (6-5)
Week 13 Result: Off.
Next Game: Saturday 11/30, at Florida, 7:30pm
Line: FSU +18
Where Things Stand: Florida State falling a spot this week is a reflection of an opponent (Miami) that it lost to being embarrassed by a team that was beneath it (Florida International) in this poll. The Seminoles will likely have some tricks up their sleeves for Florida on Saturday but ultimately will struggle to block the Gators pass rush and protect whoever is taking snaps from center.
#7. South Florida Bulls (4-7)
Week 13 Result: Memphis 49, South Florida 10.
Next Game: Friday 11/29, at UCF, 8pm
Line: USF +24.5
Week 13 Positives: USF led the Tigers 10-7 after the first quarter but fell apart after that. Kelley Joiner rushed for 115 yards on just 13 carries for the Bulls.
Week 13 Negatives: The Bulls gave up 42 unanswered points in the game’s final three quarters to lose. Memphis rushed for 325 yards as a team and finished the game with 560 yards of total offense. USF completed just five passes that resulted in a positive gain.
Where Things Stand: A lopsided loss is not what Charlie Strong needed to convince the administration that he deserves another year. It is officially impossible for USF to go to a bowl and now all the Bulls have left is a shot at a rivalry win over UCF on Friday night.