Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman, 2 p.m., ESPN Classic
The 29th annual Florida Classic has greater implications than the rivalry itself for the first time in a long time. The Wildcats (8-2, 5-2) sit in second place in the MEAC standings with no hope of climbing into first, trailing by two games to South Carolina State. But B-CU coach Alvin Wyatt believes the Wildcats still have a shot at a playoff berth with a victory. They have won four straight, and seven of their last eight. The Rattlers (8-3, 4-3) have won five of their last six, and first-year coach Joe Taylor seems to have FAMU back on track less than 12 months after taking the job. Taylor recently picked up his win No. 205, and spent 16 seasons at Hampton. Since 2000, the series is tied at four-games each with the Wildcats taking last year's game 34-7 before a crowd of 65,367. The Rattlers lead in Classic games 17-9, and 44-14-1 in the overall series. The teams met for the first time in 1925, a game the Rattlers won 25-0.
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer