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College football previews: Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, UCF

N.C. Central at Bethune-Cookman, 4

This is a battle between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-leaders with each team coming in 5-2 overall, 4-0 in the league. The winner is in the driver's seat for a spot in the Division I-AA playoffs.

Troy at Florida Atlantic, 5

Troy (4-3, 3-2 Sun Belt) holds an 8-1 series advantage over the Owls (1-6, 0-4), who are hosting homecoming.

Florida International vs. Western Kentucky, 6

Louisiana-Monroe ended the Hilltoppers' four-game winning streak last week, dropping Western Kentucky to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in the Sun Belt. The host Panthers are struggling at 1-7, 0-4 in the league.

UCF at Marshall, 8, CBS Sports Network, 1350-AM

The Knights (5-2, 3-0 C-USA) lead the league in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and passing efficiency defense. They also allow the fewest third-down conversions. Marshall (3-4, 2-1) ranks fourth in Division I-A, averaging 568.4 yards per game. UCF sophomore QB Blake Bortles has not thrown an interception in the past four games and has a streak of 147 consecutive pass attempts without a pick. Marshall sophomore QB Rakeem Cato averages 378.7 passing yards per game.

Times staff, wires

College football previews: Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, UCF 10/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 9:20pm]
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