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College football previews: Miami, FAU, FAMU, UCF, Bethune-Cookman

Miami at Virginia, noon, Ch. 28, 1040-AM

The Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2 ACC) have a shot at the ACC Coastal Division crown but might opt to impose a bowl ban because of likely NCAA sanctions from a booster scandal. The host Cavaliers (3-6, 1-4), who have gone to using two quarterbacks, upset N.C. State last week.

FAU at Western Kentucky, 1

The Owls (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt) lead the series 3-1 and play their seventh road game of the season. The Hilltoppers are 6-3, 3-2.

Florida A&M vs. N.C. Central, 3

Coach Joe Taylor stepped down this week in a disappointing season for the Rattlers (3-6, 3-3 MEAC). Defensive coordinator Earl Holmes will be interim coach. A victory would equal the best season-to-season turnaround ever for visiting N.C. Central (6-3, 5-1), giving it five more wins than last year's 2-9 effort.

Bethune-Cookman at Savannah State, 5

The Wildcats (7-2, 6-0) are in the driver's seat for the MEAC title. Coach Brian Jenkins was reprimanded by the league for unsportsmanlike conduct during last week's win over Morgan State. Savannah State is 1-8, 0-6.

UCF at UTEP, 7, 1350-AM

The visiting Knights (7-2, 5-0 C-USA) have won five in a row and lead Conference USA in scoring defense (21.4 points per game), total defense (354.2 yards per game), passing defense (213.0) and passing efficiency defense (113.3). The Miners (2-7, 1-4) have produced more than 400 yards of total offense in their past three games.

Times staff, wires

College football previews: Miami, FAU, FAMU, UCF, Bethune-Cookman 11/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 9:00pm]
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