It's hard to believe that over a decade ago ago when talking about football in the state of Florida, Florida International wasn't even mentioned because they had yet to start a program.
Now, ten years later, the program is coming off back to back bowl appearances and 15 wins over the past two seasons.
Take a look back at the history of the program from its beginning, to the hiring of Mario Cristobal and the changes that they made to get them to where they are today in this well done video honoring their short and storied tradition.
Todd Berry on 4th & 10 call: "We drew that one up in the dirt"
Published: Monday, 10 September 2012 14:18
It's 4th & 10 with 55 seconds to play. Louisiana Monroe calls timeout to come up with the play of their season...and according to Todd Berry, "We drew that one up in the dirt."
Berry explained that Arkansas presented a different defense than they were expecting in the second half so for that critical call Berry said they used the timeout to get the right routes called.
See the play at the 1 minute mark in the video below.
Another week of college football action means more interesting statistical story lines.
A few interesting notes:
- Only one player, UCLA's Johnathan Franklin, is averaging over 200 yards rushing per game through the first two games. Franklin's average is sitting at 215.5 per game.
- Through two games, only two teams are averaging over 600 yards of total offense. Oklahoma State (1-1) and UCLA (2-0).
-Teams that have attempted more than 100 passes through the first two contests (Marshall, Syracuse, Houston, SMU, Akron) are winless against FBS competition and 2-8 overall.
- 14 teams have yet to reach the end zone on the ground this season (Southern Miss, Navy, Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, UTEP, Penn State, Colorado State, Akron, Vanderbilt, Hawaii, Idao, Boise State, Tulane). Those teams are a combined 2-22, with only one of those wins coming against FBS competition. Nebraska (1-1) and Southern Alabama are the only teams in the nation without a rushing touchdown allowed.
- Air Force (1-1) and Fresno State (1-1) are the only two teams in the nation to have played two games without losing a turnover.
- Ten teams (Air Force, Arkansas State, Florida State, Louisiana Lafayette, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers) have yet to allow a sack through two games.
- Central Michigan (2-0) is the only team in the country to have no penalties called on them. Central has played Southeast Missouri State and Michigan State at home so far this year.
- Louisiana Lafayette's kicker Brett Baer has made 18 consecutive field goals, going 3 for 3 on Saturday.
- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 426 yards of offense (208 passing and 218 rushing). As a team, the Wolverines amassed 422 total yards. How does Denard's individual total outnumber the total yardage by the team? Because of the way that stats from kneeling at the end of the game or half are officially kept.
- Houston and Louisiana Tech combined to set an NCAA record for the most plays ran in regulation (209). Houston ran 115 of those.
Kansas State handled Miami in Manhattan on Saturday 52-13, dominating in every aspect of the game.
On their first four possessions of the game, Kansas State puts points on the board. Three touchdowns and a field goal and really had no reason to think Miami was going to stop their offense the rest of the day.
With just under five minutes left in the half, K-State forces a fumble and gets the ball on Miami's 20. The Wildcats drive it down to the 1 where they face 3rd and goal. Then comes the puzzling play call...
Take a look:
We actually really like the play design, just find the timing of the call puzzling. Perhaps in week 8 or 9, after having run the jump pass once or twice and having run Collin Klein up the middle for about 20 touchdowns earlier in the season...on a meaningful 3rd and 1...but in this game, at this time? Unnecessary?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @FootballScoop.
Texas A&M quarterback Matt Davis rocked a helmet cam during the Aggies March of Honor to Kyle Field for the SEC opener against Florida on Saturday.
Experience what it's like to run out on to the field, and feel the 12th Man advantage, as the camera captures everything from the walk through the fans, to the pregame sprint through the fog onto the field.