Thursday, February 22, 2018
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College football preview: Other state teams

Other state games

No. 15 UCF at Temple, noon, 1350-AM: The Knights (7-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) are the only team unbeaten in league play and hold the highest ranking in program history. They hit the top 15 in the Associated Press media poll for the first time since the program's inception in 1979 and need to keep winning to have a chance at a big bowl game. Temple (1-8, 0-5) will find it tough to shut down QB Blake Bortles, who has 2,080 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. Breshad Perriman, with 27 catches for 567 yards, is Bortles' favorite target.

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss, 12:30: It's the first meeting between the schools. The Owls (3-6, 2-4 C-USA) need to win their final three to become bowl eligible. Southern Miss is winless at 0-9, 0-5.

Florida A&M vs. Delaware State, 2: Delaware State (4-5, 4-2 MEAC) aims to finish in the upper part of the conference race. FAMU (3-7, 2-4) hopes to build momentum for its Florida Classic showdown with Bethune-Cookman.

No. 24 Miami at Duke, 3:30, ESPNU, 1040-AM: The winner of this matchup will be in the thick of the ACC's muddled Coastal Division race. The teams are trending in opposite directions: The Hurricanes (7-2, 3-2 ACC) have lost consecutive games, and that slide coincides with the loss of RB Duke Johnson. The Blue Devils (7-2, 3-2) — the preseason pick to finish last in the division — have won five in a row and are riding their longest winning streak since their last winning season in 1994.

Bethune-Cookman vs. Hampton, 4: The Wildcats (8-2, 5-1 MEAC) are bouncing back from a rare conference loss. Hampton (4-6, 4-2) is led on defense by LB Delbert Tyler, who has been in on 114 tackles.

Florida International at Texas-El Paso, 8: This is a battle of 1-8 teams. The Panthers (1-4 C-USA) have a league victory; the Miners are 0-5.

Times staff, wires

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