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

UAB at UCF, noon, FSN, 1350-AM

The Knights (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA) seek their fourth East Division title in eight seasons along with a spot in the CUSA title game and another crack at Tulsa, which edged the Knights 23-21 last week and hosts the title game next week. Sophomore RB Darrin Reaves of the Blazers (3-8, 2-5) needs 34 rushing yards to become the fourth UAB player to reach 1,000 yards for a season.

Miami at Duke, 12:30, Ch. 44, 1470-AM

The Hurricanes (6-5, 4-3 ACC) can clinch a share of first in the Coastal Division with a win, but they are ineligible for the league title game because of a self-imposed bowl ban. Duke WR Desmond Scott had 10 receptions for 124 yards against Georgia Tech last week. The Blue Devils are 6-5 overall, 3-4 in the league.

Bethune-Cookman vs. Coastal Carolina, 2

The Wildcats (9-2), unbeaten in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, make their fourth appearance in the Division I-AA playoffs. Coastal Carolina (7-4) won the Big South Conference.

Louisiana-Monroe at FIU, 6

FIU (3-8, 2-5) topped rival FAU last week in the Shula Bowl. Senior WR Wayne Times caught a pass for the 28th consecutive game. Louisiana-Monroe (7-4, 5-2) ended a two-game losing streak last week.

Times staff, wires

College football previews: UCF, Miami, Bethune-Cookman, Florida International 11/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:37pm]
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