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BOZICH | First look: Only 6 FBS teams ranked below Louisville's opponent, FIU

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville and Indiana regroup and play on. Kentucky and Western Kentucky regroup and re-energize.

It wasn't the greatest weekend for local college football teams. U of L, UK, IU and WKU all lost by one possession or less.

U of L and IU lost as road favorites. UK and WKU lost in triple overtime. All four coaches can surely point to one or two plays -- or questionable game clocks -- that twisted a pleasant trip home into a silent bus or airplane.

If I had to rate the performances of the four teams over the weekend, it would be: 1. Kentucky; 2. WKU; 3. Louisville and 4. Indiana.

The Wildcats have inspired talk that a six-win season and bowl game have become the new ceiling for Mark Stoops' second team. I picked UK to beat Vanderbilt before the season -- and I'm tempted to add another Southeastern Conference victory. The Hoosiers have inspired talk that IU is unlikely to qualify for a bowl game -- again. That's not what was expected for year four of Kevin Wilson.

We can continue that discussion later. Here is a first look at the two games the locals will play Saturday:

Louisville at Florida International: 3:30 p.m. I'm not ready to say that FIU (1-2) is the worst FBS program in the country. But they're working relentlessly to stay in the discussion.

According to Jeff Sagarin's predictor computer power numbers, the Panthers are ranked 160th, which means they're behind more than 30 FCS programs. Sagarin has FIU as his seventh-worst FBS team. (Only Idaho, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico State, UMass, Georgia State and Eastern Michigan are ranked behind the Panthers.)

FIU ranks 117th in total offense, barely averaging 285 yards per game – and the Panthers have converted only 10 of 45 third downs, next to last in the nation.

POINT SPREAD: Louisville opened as a four-touchdown favorite but the number has slipped from 28 to 26 ½.

SAGARIN SAYS: Cards by 23.92, but that's giving FIU 4.29 points for the homefield advantage. I'm not convinced FIU has a homefield advantage worthy of even .29 points.

Indiana at Missouri, 4 p.m. Losing to Bowling Green while giving up 45 points to a team that scored only 10 on IU last season has already put the Hoosiers' season on the brink.

Beating Missouri would be a sure way to change that mojo, but if IU couldn't stop Bowling Green's backup quarterback, how are they going to slow the Tigers' Maty Mauk, a 62.3 percent passer who has already thrown a dozen TD passes this season?

POINT SPREAD: The game opened with the Tigers favored by 14, but gamblers quickly showed that if you were backing Missouri that was a bargain. The Hoosiers are now 17-point underdogs.

SAGARIN SAYS: The Tigers by 15.23 -- including the homefield advantage, which is legit in Columbia.

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