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College football preview capsules: Miami Hurricanes, UCF Knights, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Florida A&M Rattlers

Miami at No. 21 Kansas State, noon, FX, 1040-AM

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder refuses to give the Hurricanes (1-0) credit for being his team's turning point last season, but LB Arthur Brown is much more convinced that a dramatic goal-line stand and an assist from a video review changed the entire mentality of the team. Kansas State (1-0) wound up winning that game 28-24 at Miami and parlayed the mental toughness that it earned on the road into a 10-win season and a trip to the Cotton Bowl.

UCF at No. 14 Ohio State, noon, ESPN2, 1350-AM

Gators fans have a quandary: Do they root for or against former coach Urban Meyer, now at Ohio State? The Buckeyes (1-0) have won 58 consecutive regular-season nonconference home games against teams not ranked in the Top 25. Coincidentally, the last loss was to a Florida school: 34-17 to a Bobby Bowden-coached FSU team in 1982. UCF starting RB Latavius Murray likely will be out after bruising a shoulder in the season-opening win at Akron.

Florida International vs. Akron, 6

The Panthers (0-1) will acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of their first team in 2002. In his debut as FIU's full-time starting quarterback, sophomore Jake Medlock threw for a game-high 348 yards against Duke with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Akron (0-1) is coached by former Auburn coach Terry Bowden and has connections on its coaching staff to Florida State.

Bethune-Cookman at S.C. State, 6 (ESPNU taped, 10:30)

This is a key showdown between the Wildcats (1-0) and the host Bulldogs (1-0) that could shape the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference race. The visiting team has won both meetings since coach Brian Jenkins came to B-CU.

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee, 7

The visiting Owls (1-0) open the Sun Belt Conference season against the Blue Raiders (0-1). FAU hasn't beaten Middle Tennessee since 2007. Special teams might be key. Middle Tennessee set a single-game school record in kickoff return yards last week with 241 against McNeese State on six returns.

Florida A&M at No. 5 Oklahoma, 7

After dropping a spot in the rankings following a 24-7 win against Texas-El Paso to start the season, Oklahoma (1-0) could have a chance to smooth out the rough edges against the Division I-AA Rattlers (0-1). Bob Stoops' Sooners have won all three games against I-AA opponents easily, by a combined score of 170-2. The Rattlers are out for a mammoth upset and a $650,000 payday, reduced from the $700,000 it would have received if the FAMU band had traveled. But the band is suspended over a hazing incident. FAMU is 0-13 against I-A teams since 1996, losing by an average score of 50-9.

Times staff, wires

College football preview capsules: Miami Hurricanes, UCF Knights, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Florida A&M Rattlers 09/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 8:03pm]
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