Florida International Panthers preview

Coach Ron Turner is just 5-19 in two seasons at FIU. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

A ball-hawking D bodes well for the Panthers’ first winning season since ’11. An offense short on playmaking does not.


How the Panthers beat you: Coach Ron Turner plans to use frosh speedster WR Anthony Jones in the wildcat, where he’ll complement an already solid RB trio (1,418 yards combined in ’14).

How you beat the Panthers: Soph QB Alex McGough (23.8 QBR, second worst in the FBS) completed 50.4 percent of his attempts (fourth worst).


How the Panthers beat you: FIU was lethal in the red zone, where it forced 10 TOs, most in the FBS. Senior DE Michael Wakefield and senior CB Richard Leonard (2 forced fumbles and 2 INTs inside the 20, respectively) are back.

How you beat the Panthers: The solid pass D is most vulnerable early: 13 of 17 pass TDs allowed came in the first half.