Fla. Atlantic vs. FlA. INTERNATIONAL, 4 p.m.
The seventh annual Shula Bowl will be a battle for bowl eligibility for the Owls (5-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) and Golden Panthers (4-6, 3-3) at Dolphin Stadium. FAU qualifies with a win while FIU, which hosts Western Kentucky next week, needs two. The Owls' Rusty Smith has thrown for 2,529 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interception. He has attempted 129 fewer passes than last season, when he threw for 3,688 yards, 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions. FAU won last season's matchup 55-23.
UCF vs. Ala.-Birmingham, 1 p.m.
The Knights (4-7, 3-4 C-USA) are trying to finish on a high note. They have I-A's worst offense at 231.4 yards per game. One bright spot has been former Largo High star Brynn Harvey. The freshman has carried 110 times for 429 yards and one touchdown in only seven games, including 221 and a touchdown in his past two. The Knights are coming off a pair of road wins, including 28-21 over Memphis last week. They defeated UAB (3-8, 2-5) 45-31 last season and lead the all-time series 5-0.
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer