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College football scouting capsules: UCF vs. Memphis, Florida Atlantic vs. Wyoming, Florida International at Louisiana-Monroe, Bethune-Cookman vs. Morgan State

UCF vs. Memphis, 3:30 p.m., BHSN

The Knights' offense continued to struggle in a 19-14 loss at East Carolina last week. Coach George O'Leary continues to answer questions about the quarterback struggles. Brett Hodges will once again start ahead of Rob Calabrese. Central Florida (2-2, 0-2 Conference USA) averages 274.5 yards of offense per game, ranked 110th in Division I-A. Former Largo star Brynn Harvey has been a bright spot at running back. In the two games in which he has carried at least 25 times, he has scored two touchdowns and averaged 104.5 yards. A loss today would seriously derail UCF's chances of playing for the C-USA title. Memphis (1-3, 0-1) lost 27-16 to Marshall last week.

FAU vs. Wyoming, 4 p.m.

Don't let the Owls' 0-3 record fool you. Florida Atlantic began its season at Nebraska and at South Carolina before losing 27-25 to Louisiana-Monroe. The most recent loss stings because it was a Sun Belt game. It was Owls QB Rusty Smith's best game of the season (347 yards passing, two touchdowns). FAU also can rely on sophomore RB Alfred Morris, who averages 98.7 yards per game and leads the Sun Belt. Wyoming (2-2) is coming off a 30-27 victory against UNLV after losses to Texas and Colorado. The Cowboys are ranked third in Division I-A in turnover margin, having forced 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions. Sophomore Tashaun Gipson, who had two interceptions last week, is tied with freshman teammate Shamiel Gary for the team lead with three.

Fiu at La.-Monroe, 3:37 p.m.

The Golden Panthers (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) also began last season 0-3. They went on to win their next three and finished 5-7. But the offense will need a major jolt to turn this season around. Florida International averages 282 yards of total offense and 20 points. The Warhawks (2-2, 1-0) escaped last week with a 27-25 win against Florida Atlantic. QB Trey Revell ran for two touchdowns and threw for 207 yards.

B-CU vs. Morgan State, 4 p.m.

Struggles continued for the Wildcats (0-3, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Conference) and coach Alvin Wyatt in a 40-14 loss at Norfolk State. The Wildcats have few positives to point to on either side of the ball. However, one place Bethune-Cookman can start to fix things is turnovers. The Wildcats have committed 16, tied for the most in Division I-AA with Idaho State. Morgan State (2-1, 0-0) is ranked 117th in total offense and 110th in scoring offense, yet has eked out consecutive wins, including last week's 12-9 victory against Towson.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

College football scouting capsules: UCF vs. Memphis, Florida Atlantic vs. Wyoming, Florida International at Louisiana-Monroe, Bethune-Cookman vs. Morgan State 10/02/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 8:17pm]
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