Olsen Coming Off Best Performance

Greg Olsen knows better. He knows that Miami this year isn't the Miami of old. This Miami team can't just strut its big bad self on the field and walk over opponents like it had done in the past.

Not against anyone and that includes this Saturday's opponent, cross town school FIU. You can't really call FIU a rival yet because FIU has done nothing in college football, but lose. However, FIU is 0-6, yet Olsen said this week that Miami can't overlook the Golden Panthers.

And he's right on target with that because Miami is simply not good enough to overlook anyone, let alone a team that will be playing with a massive chip on its shoulder come Saturday at the Orange Bowl.

"They have a very good defense," Olsen said of FIU. "The reason they were in a lot of these games and the last game went 7 overtimes is because of the defense they have. They have some talented guys, some athletic guys and the play very hard."

However, coming off of his best game of the year, Olsen should be very confident about his chances to get a lot more passes thrown his way after making 8 catches for 95 yards against North Carolina in Miami's 27-7 win that improved its record to 3-2 on the season.

Those numbers won Olsen the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award.

"Wow, that's interesting," Olsen said of the award. "I guess they can't call me a receiver since I have to block also."

But right now, Olsen is concentrating on FIU and its defense that has had it in every game this year except for one.

"When you watch film, if you just watched film and didn't know who you were watching, there is no way you'd think they were 0-6," Olsen said. "We are not overlooking anyone. They have good players and are going to play hard so we have to come out and do the same."

What will make this game a lot more interesting though is the relationship that numerous players on both teams have with each other. FIU is looked at as a step child to UM, a school that could be considered a school of UM castoffs, so the Golden Panthers have a lot to prove and Olsen knows it even though he's not a part of the Dade County ties.

"Guys from down here know a lot of these guys," Olsen said. "They played with them in high school. They grew up with each other. That's what makes these games fun for a lot of these guys. Those guys are going to come into the Orange Bowl ready to play.

"We have to go out play and have fun, play the way we know how and everything else should take care of itself."

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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