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FAU 21, beats rival FIU 6. FAU is bowl-eligible for 2013. FAU wins their 9th SHULA BOWL event. Coach Brian Wright after FAU won its fourth-straight game to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008: BOWL Predictions ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰

December 4, 2013

๐Ÿ”ด FAU 21, beats rival FIU 6. FAU becomes bowl-eligible for first time since 2008. FAU wins their 9th SHULA BOWL event, of the 12 matchups. A month ago, FAU was a two-win team whose head coach had resigned. What a difference a few weeks of Hard Work makes, as on Friday, the Owls dumped Gatorade on interim head coach Brian Wright after FAU won its fourth-straight game to become bowl-eligible for the first time in five years. FAUโ€™s on-field celebration after beating rival FIU 21-6 in the 12th edition of the annual Shula Bowl was equal parts cathartic and reserved, because while the Owlsโ€™ ugly, but effective, win was arguably the programโ€™s most memorable victory in its 13-year history, but it might mean little come Dec. 8, when the bowl game selections are finalized.

๐Ÿ”ด Whatโ€™s the point of being bowl eligible if you donโ€™t go to a bowl? Thatโ€™s the question the FAU players and staff will have to ponder for the next nine days. FAU became the 73rd team to earn bowl eligibly on Friday, but with only 70 bowl-game slots available, and a handful of teams poised to join the Owls in the six-win club on Saturday, the Owlsโ€™ postseason fate will be determined by politics.

๐Ÿ”ด In the meantime, FAU can at least take pride in the fact it took care of its end of the bowl-game bargain. The Owls (6-6, 4-4) broke FIUโ€™s two-game Shula Bowl winning streak and won the rivalry game for the first time at FAU Stadium Friday, by holding FIU (1-11, 1-7) to 132 yards of total offense. Jaquez Johnson threw for three touchdowns to pace the FAU offense, which jumped out to a 21-3 lead and to push the game out of question in the early goings of the third quarter.

๐Ÿ”ด The FAU defense registered eight sacks in the game, and senior defensive end Martin Wright set a new FAU single-game sack record by getting to FIU quarterback Jake Metlock five times to register 4.5 sacks in the contest. Wright broke the single-game record, which was 3 sacks, after only 16 minutes of play. In all, FAU has outscored its opponents 151-40 in four games under Wright, but now the Owls can only wait to learn their bowl game fate.

๐Ÿ”ด โ€œA lot of waiting and seeing,โ€ Wright said after the game. โ€œWe took care of what we needed to take care of these last four weeksโ€ฆWeโ€™re one of the top 70 teams in this country right now. Hopefully a committee will agree with that.โ€ But more than postseason play was left in limbo following Fridayโ€™s game. FAUโ€™s seniors donโ€™t know if Friday will prove to be their last collegiate football game, so they did their best to push out the questions of โ€œwhat now?โ€ and celebrate the Shula Bowl victory as if it was.

๐Ÿ”ด To view High Definition Videos of the Three Featured Programs click onto the Link below:

๐Ÿ”ด FAU vs FIU November Match Nov 29 2013, the SHULA BOWL event, National Anthem, Coin Toss

๐Ÿ”ด FAU vs FIU November Match Nov 29 2013, the SHULA BOWL event, Senior Recognitions

๐Ÿ”ด FAU vs FIU November Match Nov 29 2013, the SHULA BOWL event, Commercial & FAU Recognitions

โ€œIt was pure joy,โ€ center Mustafa Johnson said. โ€œWeโ€™ve been through a little bit this season. For us to come together through all of it and give ourselves an opportunity to have one more [game], itโ€™s something special.โ€

๐Ÿ”ด Regardless of if the Owls reach a bowl game, the Shula Bowl might have been Wrightโ€™s final game in charge of FAUโ€™s football program. FAU athletic director Pat Chun is poised to hire the teamโ€™s next football coach on the week of Dec. 8, and while Wright is a candidate, heโ€™s no lock to earn the full-time job. If Friday was indeed Wrightโ€™s final game as FAUโ€™s head coach, heโ€™ll finish with a perfect 4-0 record.

๐Ÿ”ด Wright said after the game that he felt he made a strong case to be retained as the teamโ€™s head coach. โ€œIโ€™m not sure who else would have been put in this situation other than me and this coaching staff who could have done what we did,โ€ Wright said. FAUโ€™s players have given vocal support to Wright as well. โ€œCoach Wright would be a perfect guy for the job,โ€ said senior tight end Nexon Dorvilus, who scored FAUโ€™s first touchdown Friday with a highlight-reel worthy one-handed catch. โ€œHeโ€™s building something, heโ€™s successful, and heโ€™s 4-0. What else do you want?โ€ But until heโ€™s relieved of his duties, Wright is still in charge, and he said following the win, his team will operate as if there is a bowl game on the horizon. โ€œI told them that we were going to write a positive FAU success story when this thing was over,โ€ Wright said.

๐Ÿ”ด The Shula Bowl is an annual college football rivalry game between the Florida Atlantic University Owls and the Florida International University Panthers. The game’s winner receives a traveling trophy, the “Don Shula Award,” for one year. The current winner is FAU, winning 21-6 on 29 November 2013. Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series nine games to three. The game and trophy are named after former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula.

๐Ÿ”ด Below are unofficial BOWL Game Projections as of November 30, 2013.

๐Ÿ”ด As predicted there would be 76 bowl eligible teams, which would mean heartbreak for 6 schools who had achieved bowl eligibility. With thirteen days before all the bowl bids are announced, there is still a lot to be decided. 69 schools have achieved bowl eligibility. There are 81 teams still mathematically alive to achieve bowl eligible status. Realistically, at least 70 will get there, and 76 is possible.

๐Ÿ”ด AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCEโ€“Four are bowl eligible. Two still are alive: SMU (5-5) is at Houston and hosts UCF. Rutgers (5-5) travels to UCONN and hosts USF. Prediction: Theyโ€™ll get five. SMU has a pretty big hill, even though they have two chances at one win.

๐Ÿ”ด ACCโ€“Ten are bowl eligible, after Pittsburgh qualified Saturday by beating Syracuse. The Orange fall into that possible category. They have to beat Boston College and the nations leading rusher, but they get them at the Carrier Dome. BC is a slight favorite. Prediction: Too Tough Call, but the Orange fall short.

๐Ÿ”ด BIG TEN: Seven are bowl eligible. And thatโ€™s all, folks. The question here is, will either MIchigan State or Wisconsin join Ohio State in a BCS bowl. The Big Ten would vacate a second bowl game. BIG TWELVE: Six are bowl eligible. Thatโ€™s it.

๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด CONFERENCE USA: Six are eligible. FAU gets to 6-6 as they beat FIU, and they were heavily favored for that Win. Prediction: FAU made it to six wins, but FAU is in danger of not being selected… Therefore, Politics… Facts Tell, Stories Sell. Can Athletic Director Patrick Chun and Coach Wright Sell THE Story for a 3rd BOWL bid.

๐Ÿ”ด MAC: Six are eligible and Central Michigan gets in with a win over Eastern Michigan. Prediction: The MAC gets seven. Will they get one in the BCS? Theyโ€™ve moved ahead of Fresno State, but playing Western Michigan this week wonโ€™t help their cause.

๐Ÿ”ด INDEPENDENTSโ€“Three. Navy will be in the Armed Forces Bowl. BYU is headed to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and Notre Dame is likely to be wearing Pinstripes.

๐Ÿ”ด MOUNTAIN WEST: Five are eligible after UNLV qualified this week. Three others have a chance. San Jose State has a tough road against undefeated Fresno State, and Wyoming is doubtful at Utah State. But Colorado State takes on Air Force. The Mountain West gets six teams, and, unless Fresno is in a BCS bowl, theyโ€™ll fill all six.

๐Ÿ”ด PAC-12: Nine teams have qualified, after Washington State won over the weekend. After Oregonโ€™s loss, itโ€™s doubtful the PAC-12 will get two teams into the BCS. That means there will be teams looking to be slotted. And, they will be. Itโ€™s the PAC-12.

๐Ÿ”ด SECโ€“Nine eligible. Mississippi State (5-6) hosts Ole MIss this week. The Bulldogs have a realistic chance. If they become the tenth, and the SEC gets two into the BCS as expected, theyโ€™ll vacate one slot. If Ole Miss wins, two slots will be available. Tennessee blew a real chance.

๐Ÿ”ด SUN BELT: Four eligible. Three mathematically alive. None of them are locks. Troy hosts Texas State and may have the best chance. ULM may have taken a fatal blow in Mobile over the weekend. Their one chance is to win at Cajun Field. South Alabama is interesting. They go to winless Georgia State this weekend and then host the Cajuns. Itโ€™s not likely, but stranger things have happened. Troy gets there. The others do not.

๐Ÿ”ด In Sum, the prediction is now down to 74 teams. Syracuse and Mississippi State are tossups, with FAU a definite maybe…

๐Ÿ”ด Don Shula was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995. Each school’s first head coach has previous ties to Don Shula. Florida Atlantic’s first head coach Howard Schnellenberger was an assistant of Shula in the 1970s, and FIU’s first head coach Don Strock, was a player under Shula in the 1970s and 1980s. Don Shula set numerous records as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and his legacy is seen throughout the Miami area. The Shula Bowl pays homage to Shula, to south Florida football and the ties and history of both universities.

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