Ironically, the best defense in FIU Football history was the 2006 unit for a team that was winless. That season FIU had the No. 1 defense in the nation in tackles for loss and No. 28 total defense in Division I NCAA football despite not winning a game. Of course losing key players to the season due to the infamous dance with the Coral Gables school in the Orange Bowl didn't help. Still, the 2006 FIU defense featuring the "Killer B's" linebackers (Antwan Barnes, Keyonvis Bouie and Alexander Bostic) is arguably and statistically the best defense in FIU football's 12+year history.
Through five games in 2014 FIU's defense has better numbers than the 2006 FIU defense had through the first five games of that season. Whether the 2014 FIU D can match the 2006 FIU D through 12 games will be determined in late November. Currently, FIU is No. 23 in the nation in total defense.
The opponents are somewhat similar in the first five games of the 2006 and 2014 schedule. In 2006 FIU started the season against Middle Tennessee, South Florida, Bowling Green, Maryland, Arkansas State. This season FIU has played Bethune-Cookman, Wagner, Pittsburgh, Louisville, UAB. You could argue that B-CU is similar to Bowling Green or Arkansas State. Wagner is the only opponent you throw out of the mix because they are low level FCS.
Here is how the current FIU defense measures up against the 2006 FIU D through the first five games of each season.
2014 vs. 2006
Points allowed per game: 22.6; 21.2
Total defense: 317.8 yards per game; 296 yards pg
Rushing defense: 139.8 yds pg; 143 yds pg
Passing defense: 178 yds pg; 153 yds pg
Fumbles recovered: 10; 1
Interceptions: 7; 7
Turnover margin: +10; -4
Sacks: 18; 14
Tackles for loss: 32, 41
3rd down conversions: 24/76 (32%); 27/70 (39%)
Not a bad start at all for the 2014 FIU defense.