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The 2017 FIU Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers played their home games at the Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida as members of the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by first-year head coach Butch Davis. The Panthers finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in C-USA play to finish in second place in the East Division. They received an invitation to the Gasparilla Bowl where they lost to Temple.

2017 FIU Panthers football
Florida International University FIU logo.svg
Gasparilla Bowl, L 3–28 vs. Temple
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
2017 record8–5 (5–3 C-USA)
Head coachButch Davis (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorRich Skrosky (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorBrent Guy (1st season)
Home stadiumRiccardo Silva Stadium
(Capacity: 20,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$   8 0         11 3  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Charlotte   1 7         1 11  
West Division
North Texas x   7 1         9 5  
UAB   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         6 5  
Rice   1 7         1 11  
UTEP   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Panther finished the 2016 season 4–8, 4–4 in C-USA play to finish in fourth place in the East Division. The highlight of the season was beating rival Florida Atlantic in the Shula Bowl on October 1.[1]

Following the season, the school fired Ron Turner after four years at FIU.[2][3] On November 15, the school hired Butch Davis as head coach.[4][5]

Spring GameEdit

The 2017 Spring Game took place in University Park on April 7, at 7:00 PM.[6]

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 7 7:00 p.m. Offense vs. Defense Riccardo Silva StadiumUniversity Park, FL CUSA.tv Offense 17–14[7]
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OffseasonEdit

Following the conclusion of the 2016 season, several Panthers were invited to participate in postseason all-star games. Invitations include: Trey Hendrickson (DE) participating in the East–West Shrine Game on January 21, 2017, Imarjaye Albury (DT) participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 21, 2017 and Michael Montero (OL) participating in the Tropical Bowl on January 15, 2017.[8]

DeparturesEdit

Notable departures from the 2016 squad included:

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Dieugot Joseph #78 OT 6'6 297 Senior Orlando, FL Declared for the 2017 NFL Draft
Jonnu Smith #87 TE 6'3 232 Senior Ocala, FL Declared for the 2017 NFL Draft

2017 NFL DraftEdit

Panthers who were picked in the 2017 NFL Draft:

Round Pick Player Position Team
3 100 Jonnu Smith TE Tennessee Titans
UFA Dieugot Joseph OT Chicago Bears

ScheduleEdit

FIU announced its 2017 football schedule on January 26, 2017. The 2017 schedule consisted of six home and away games in the regular season.[9]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 p.m.at UCF*CBSSNL 17–6138,063
September 8[a]7:00 p.m.vs. Alcorn State*W 17–105,017
September 16Canceled[10]at Indiana*
September 237:30 p.m.at RiceStadiumW 13–718,932
September 307:00 p.m.CharlottebeINW 30–2915,348
October 73:00 p.m.at Middle TennesseeESPN3L 17–3715,527
October 147:00 p.m.Tulane*
  • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Miami, FL
CUSA.TVW 23–1016,433
October 282:30 p.m.at MarshallStadiumW 41–3019,966
November 47:00 p.m.UTSA 
  • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Miami, FL
StadiumW 14–718,874
November 117:00 p.m.Old Dominion
  • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Miami, FL
L 30–3717,127
November 187:00 p.m.at Florida AtlanticStadiumL 24–5224,116
November 247:00 p.m.WKU
  • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Miami, FL
beINW 41–1716,199
December 212:00 p.m.UMass*
  • Riccardo Silva Stadium
  • Miami, FL
W 63–4514,004
December 218:00 p.m.vs. Temple*ESPNL 3–2816,363
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between Alcorn State and FIU was relocated to Legion Field at Birmingham, Alabama due to Hurricane Irma.[11]
^[b] A game with UMass was scheduled after the game between UMass and South Florida was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, and FIU's game with Indiana was canceled.[12]
Schedule Source:[13]

Game summariesEdit

at UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 3 7 0 17
Knights 14 26 14 7 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2016 L, 14–53

Alcorn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 0 7 0 3 10
Panthers 0 7 3 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 3 0 13
Owls 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2014 L, 17–31

CharlotteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 12 14 3 0 29
Panthers 7 7 7 9 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2016 W, 27–26

at Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 0 7 7 17
Blue Raiders 3 14 10 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–8 2016 L, 35–42

TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 0 3 7 0 10
Panthers 7 3 3 10 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 14 7 6 41
Thundering Herd 0 7 7 16 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2016 W, 31–14

UTSAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 0 0 0 7 7
Panthers 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2014 L, 13–16

Old DominionEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Monarchs 7 17 7 6 37
Panthers 7 7 9 7 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L, 28–42

at Florida AtlanticEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 7 7 24
Owls 14 7 16 15 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–10 2016 W, 33–31

WKUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 3 7 7 0 17
Panthers 3 10 21 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–6 2016 L, 21–49

UMassEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 14 7 10 14 45
Panthers 14 21 7 21 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2016 L, 13–21

Temple–Gasparilla BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 7 7 14 28
Panthers 0 0 3 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FAU 31, FIU 33". FIU Sports. October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "FIU makes big change, fires coach after 0-4 start". miamiherald. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  3. ^ services, Tribune news. "Former Illini, Bears coach Ron Turner fired at Florida International". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  4. ^ "Butch Davis hired as FIU's football coach". miamiherald. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  5. ^ "Butch Davis hired at FIU". Los Angeles Times. 2016-11-14. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  6. ^ "FIU Panthers - Schedule". FIUSports.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 FIU Spring Game - Results". Miami Herald. 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "2016 C-USA Football Notebook" (PDF). Conference USA. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "2017 @FIUFootball Schedule Released" (Press release). Florida International University Department of Athletics. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Home Football Game Against FIU Canceled, IU Athletics Working to Schedule Home Game for October 7th". Indiana University Athletics. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hurricane Irma 2017: FIU vs. Alcorn State to be played in Birmingham". AL.com. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "UMass Football Announces Changes To 2017, Future Schedules". umassathletics.com. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "2017 FIU Panthers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 27, 2017.