The Panthers have punted more than 20 times, though. With a sputtering offense (with Medlock a contributor, of course), the Panthers have punted a league-high 71 times, with Chris Ayers doing most of it. FIU opponents have 39 punts.
From the "Please Show Up and Get on TV" Dept.: Students are being lured with a number of goodies if they attend - not just tailgate, but actually enter the stadium and stick around for four quarters.
Prizes given out during fourth-quarter media timeouts include four scholarships, vouchers for textbooks, an IPad, an IPod shuffle, an ITunes gift card and the biggie, a 50-inch flat-screen TV.
The ones who don't win can turn in their raffle tickets for McDonald's coupons and FIU gift cards - after the game. That includes their guests, two of whom they can bring along for free.
For many of the Miami contingent, playing at FIU Stadium, aka "The Cage," won't be a new experience.
The stadium, which seats 20,000 with plans for expansion, is an ideal venue for some of the largest games in Miami-Dade County, including the Central-Northwestern rivalry. Marshall's Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler are notable Central alums; at least four played at Northwestern.
Will that be an advantage for Cato, Shuler, A.J. Leggett, etc.?
"Sometimes, they're like, 'Where's my locker room going to be? What's the stadium look like?' " offensive coordinator Bill Legg. "Kids go to a lot of places, and the first time they've been there they go in and look around and they become a sightseer for five, 10, 15 minutes before they move forward.
"A lot of our kids won't go through that, because they know the sights. That will allow them to move into preparation for the game a little quicker."
And finally, what is up with the game airing on Fox College Sports Central? The two teams are in the Eastern Time Zone, and the host team is 10-12 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Fox College channels can be found in the Kanawha Valley on Suddenlink digital channels 509-511, and geography doesn't always correlate. For instance, FCS Pacific aired the Maine-Rhode Island game.
If you're really curious, FCS Atlantic is airing Gardner-Webb/Missouri at the 6 p.m. hour Saturday, with FCS Pacific airing South Dakota at North Dakota State.
Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.