Well, ESPN2 is in town for a must-win game for both Troy and FIU. The game is at 7 p.m. CST and I'll have plenty of twitter updates @dothaneagletroy and probably a short pregame blog.
You can read my game preview HERE.
HERE is a story from the Miami Herald on the game.
FIU can lose and still have an easier chance at a bowl, thanks to having the funds to schedule a cupcake non-conference schedule. A loss for Troy puts the Trojans with 5 losses and trips to Navy and Arkansas State looming.
Troy has a few things in its favor: The Trojans have never lost a regular-season game on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU; in fact, the Trojans play very well on those networks. The only losses Troy has ever had have been bowl games - Silicon Valley Classic, New Orleans Bowl (08) and GMAC Bowl (10) - and the last two bowls went into OT or 2OT.
Troy also has a few more off days to rest up and prepare, since FIU played and lost last Tuesday at Arkansas State.
Having said that, boy it's tough for me to predict a Troy win, though a gut feel makes me think they'll play much better than in the past two weeks. FIU has better talent at the skill positions, possibly a better and healthier offensive line and a senior quarterback who doesn't make too many mistakes. So I'll go with FIU 24, Troy 20. At least that means Troy covers a +6 for the degens out there.