FROM THE PRESS BOX: San Diego is Always a Big Game
On Saturday, JU will be facing its Interstate 10 rival San Diego for the sixth time.

All six of those games have one thing in common – they were all BIG games.

Two years ago, JU shocked the Pioneer Football League when, after losing its conference opener to Davidson, the Dolphins opened up a 17-3 halftime lead on the three-time defending champion and eventually rallied from a 29-20 deficit for a 30-29 win.

At the time, it was the biggest win in the 11 years of JU football. Following the season, it got reclassified to #1b behind the Dolphins win over Dayton in the season finale for the first PFL title in program history.

This meeting will be the biggest in terms of what it means even before the game.

Both teams enter the game undefeated in the PFL after scoring resounding wins in the opener last week. San Diego sent a message to the league by shutting out defending champ Butler, 24-0, while JU went to Davidson and raced past the Wildcats for a 42-15 win.

The winner of this game has a big leg up in the PFL title race entering next week’s showdown games as JU hosts Drake and San Diego visits Dayton.

One thing you can count on is that San Diego will be focused and prepared. They haven’t lost to many teams in back-to-back years and the Dolphins dominated on their visit to the West Coast last season (maybe Coach Bell needs to give the Jaguars some pointers on how to win out West?) for their second straight win in the series.

I can guarantee you this – it’s going to be a great game to christen the new AstroTurf field. That much is sure.

BIG WIN FOR PIERRE: Joane Pierre decided to make a move.

She has run the perfect race for the first 95 percent of the UF Mountain Dew Invitational. She had followed the strategy to perfection. With the leaders in her sights, she took a shot at the title – and it paid off as she raced past Florida’s Genevieve LaCaze for a three-second win.

It was a school-record performance for the sophomore, who is a star in the making.

Thanks to our friend Craig Handel at the Fort Myers News-Press for sharing her story.

POLL MADNESS: You may not have noticed it, but the Dolphins are gaining ground on the top 25 in the FCS polls. The Dolphins received a school-record 24 points in the Network Top 25 this week and four points in the Coaches Poll. Thanks to our good friend Scott Bilo, the Dolphins are 28th nationally in the Bilo Football Report and will crack the top 25 with a win this weekend over San Diego according to Bilo. Jacksonville has never been ranked in the top 25.