All that means nothing now.
FIU began their in conference games in week five, facing four conference rivals to date. Their conference record: 3-1. Their spot in the standings: second place.
And it only gets better as conference-leading Troy welcomes the Golden Panthers to their home turf this week.
That gives FIU an opportunity to not only complete their season's 180 degree turn, but become the Sun Belt Conference's top ranked team; something FIU has never accomplished at this stage of a season.
In the ground game, the Golden Panthers have benefited from a bevy of running backs that have scored rushing TDs for the team. That is, six different players have combined for 12 rushing TDs, with Darriet Perry (6) leading the way.
Junior QB Wesley Carroll has been sporadic for the most part, but has thrown for over 210 yards in five the team's eight games, including a season-high 355 yards at Maryland. His touchdown-interception ratio stands at a less-than-stellar 9 to 11, but Carroll has posted solid QB ratings in the team's three SBC wins.
Overall, the team is in a prime position to make some noise and make history in their own realm. We will see how Head Coach Mario Cristobal rallies his troops for Saturday's game versus Troy and attempt to keep momentum in FIU's corner.
* * *Here's a clip of FIU's big third down sack versus Louisiana-Monroe in the second overtime en route to their third win of the year. A big time play by the Panther defense: