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College football scouting reports

UCF vs. N.C. State, 7:30, CBSCS: The Knights got off to a strong start with a 38-7 victory against I-AA South Dakota last week and hope to continue the positive vibe against the Wolfpack. Any questions about UCF's quarterback situation seem settled for now. Junior Rob Calabrese appeared promising, completing 12 of 15 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. One topic of conversation this week was the Knights' 25-23 upset of N.C. State on the road in 2007. To repeat, UCF must slow down Russell Wilson, who threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 win against I-AA Western Carolina last week.

FlA. Atlantic vs. Michigan State (at Detroit), noon, ESPNU: The Owls' tradition of poking and prodding powerful nonconference opponents continues with a trip to Ford Field. They can hope Michigan State is peeking ahead at next week's game against Notre Dame. The Spartans were 38-14 winners against Western Michigan to open the season. They put up 297 yards of rushing, led by freshman Le'Veon Bell, who had 10 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The post-Rusty Smith era began at FAU with Jeff Van Camp, who finished 14-of-24 passing for 254 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 32-31 win at Alabama-Birmingham.

Bethune-Cookman vs. Savannah State, 4: Consider the first game of the Brian Jenkins coaching era a success. The Wildcats romped over NAIA Edward Waters 70-10. Bethune-Cookman tallied 635 yards of offense, including 239 yards through the air. That's significant because Jenkins hopes to have more of a balanced attack than his predecessor. QB Matt Johnson put up 281 yards of total offense with two passing touchdowns and one rushing. Savannah State could give Jenkins a winning streak if last week's 48-3 loss at Georgia Southern is an indicator.

Florida A&M at Delaware State, 6: The Rattlers and Hornets are coming off season-opening defeats. Delaware State lost 37-27 to Southern, and FAMU lost 45-0 at Miami. Delaware State suffered a fourth-quarter breakdown, giving up 21 points to blow a 27-16 lead. Hornets senior QB Anthony Glaud passed for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Rattlers hope to find some offense after withstanding a Hurricanes attack that registered eight sacks. The Rattlers were held to 110 yards of offense.

Florida International vs. Rutgers, 8: The Golden Panthers begin their season a week later than the rest of the country with a huge home game against the Scarlet Knights. They hope for a good start and to improve on last season's 3-9 record — a step back from 5-7 in 2008. Rutgers put up 268 yards of rushing in beating I-AA Norfolk State 31-0 in its opener. It was led by junior Joe Martinek, who had 20 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Golden Panthers have a rough schedule over the next three weeks with road games against Texas A&M, Maryland and Pittsburgh.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

College football scouting reports

09/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:09pm]
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