For the first time in the 12-year history of FIU football, the Panthers will play eight games at home in 2014 and only four road games. All 12 games will take place on Saturdays, unless changed by TV. Game times and TV are still to be determined.
Historical nugget for you -- all four road games will take place in stadiums that FIU has never played in before. Plus, FIU plays four teams for the first time in program history (Wagner, UTSA, Rice, Old Dominion).
One good thing about the 2014 schedule is that FIU is not on the road for any consecutive weeks. There is always at least one home game in between each road game.
FIU will also, in essence, have just one bye week during the season (Oct. 25). FIU will play eight straight games to start the season. The Panthers will be almost halfway through their 2014 schedule before reaching October. FIU's second bye week is Nov. 29 after the final game of the regular season.
FIU opens with four straight home games in 2014. The first two games are against FCS teams in Bethune-Cookman (Aug. 31) and Wagner (Sept. 6) followed by back-to-back games against ACC teams in Pittsburgh (Sept. 13) and Louisville (Sept. 20).
The first road trip of the season happens at UAB (Sept. 27) when the Panthers play at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida Atlantic (Oct. 4) brings the Don Shula Trophy to FIU Stadium the following week for Don Shula Bowl XIII.
FIU plays UTSA (Oct. 11) for the first time in program history and in San Antonio at the Alamodome. It will also mark the first time in FIU football history that FIU plays a regular season game in an indoor stadium. The only two other times FIU played in an indoor stadium were in the postseason. The first time in 2010 for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field and then at the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field.
Marshall makes a second consecutive visit to FIU Stadium when the Thundering Herd play here on Oct. 18. FIU then has its first -- and technically -- only bye week of the season on Oct. 25.
Conference USA champion Rice (Nov. 1) comes to FIU Stadium the following week to start November. The Panthers then play Old Dominion (Nov. 8) for the first time in program history. The game will be in Norfolk, Va. The Monarchs will be playing their first season in Conference USA in 2014.
Familiar foe Middle Tennessee comes calling to FIU Stadium on Nov. 15. FIU finishes the season (Nov. 22) playing in a new road stadium for the fourth time in 2014. The Panthers get their first look at the new North Texas stadium (Apogee Stadium) when FIU visits Denton, Texas for the first time since 2010.