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Scouting reports: UCF at Texas-El Paso, FIU at Toledo, Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State, FAMU at Tennessee State

UCF quarterback Michael Greco leads the team in rushing with 162 yards.

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UCF quarterback Michael Greco leads the team in rushing with 162 yards.

UCF at Texas-El Pas0, 8

The Knights (1-2) had their shot at a big-time opponent last week and squandered it with a 34-7 loss at Boston College. That gives them back-to-back losses against BCS opponents (the Knights fell 31-24 in overtime to USF on Sept. 6). The good news is that neither game counted toward a Conference USA title. Tonight's matchup against Texas-El Paso (0-3) is the conference opener for both. The Knights are among the worst in Division I-A in total offense, averaging 265.3 yards per game (114th). Knights QB Michael Greco has proved to be more of a running quarterback, leading UCF with 162 rushing yards.

Florida International at Toledo, 7

The Golden Panthers (0-3) have been outscored 99-19. They are last in Division I-A in total offense (182 yards per game), scoring (6.33 points) and passing efficiency (69.25). The Zips (1-2) rank 25th in rushing offense (201.3 yards), led by DaJuane Collins, who is 10th in Division I-A with a game average of 120 yards.

Norfolk State at Bethune-Cookman, 4

The rushing attack of the Wildcats (2-1, 0-1 Mid-Eastern) ranks eighth in Division I-AA (233.6 yards per game). B-CU also boasts the ninth-best scoring defense, allowing 14.7 points. Games with the Spartans (2-2, 1-0) have been tight since B-CU's 63-61 four-overtime win in 2005. The next season the Wildcats won 22-21. Last year they lost 38-31 to end a nine-game winning streak vs. the Spartans.

FAMU at Tennessee State, 4, Versus

The Tigers (4-0) average 35.75 points (16th in Division I-AA). The Rattlers (2-1) will be concerned with Tigers quarterback Antonio Heffner, who is averaging 264.5 passing yards, with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Scouting reports: UCF at Texas-El Paso, FIU at Toledo, Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State, FAMU at Tennessee State 09/26/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 26, 2008 8:47pm]
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