Florida Classic: Famu vs. Bethune-Cookman, 2:30, at orlando, ESPN Classic: The equation is the simplest in sports: win and you're in. That's what's facing Bethune-Cookman today when it faces Florida A&M at the Florida Citrus Bowl. A win over the rival Rattlers and B-CU moves on to the Division I-AA playoffs; lose and it's forced to rely on fate to get into the postseason. The Wildcats already clinched a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title last week when they defeated Howard 35-20. Bethune-Cookman (10-0, 7-0 MEAC) is I-AA's only unbeaten team that could receive the automatic bid for the playoffs if it beats FAMU (7-3, 6-1) or if South Carolina State (8-2, 6-1) loses to North Carolina A&T (1-9, 1-6). On Sunday the NCAA announces the 20 teams eligible for the I-AA playoffs.
NO. 24 Miami vs. NO. 14 Virginia Tech, 3:30, ESPN, 1040-AM: A win gives Virginia Tech (8-2, 6-0 ACC) the Coastal Division title and a berth in the conference title game, as well as what would be the Hokies' 11th win over the Hurricanes (7-3, 5-2) in the past 16 meetings. Miami coach Randy Shannon says Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor is the best offensive player in the ACC. He has 18 passing TDs vs. four interceptions. UM ranks No. 2 nationally in pass-efficiency defense. Tech is looking to score in its 200th consecutive game, a streak that began against Miami on Sept. 23, 1995.
UCF at Tulane, 3:30: UCF (7-3, 5-1 C-USA) controls its destiny in the East Division and to host the league championship game. Knights junior RB Ronnie Weaver has four 100-yard games and has rushed for 795 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. The Green Wave (4-6, 2-4) has a talented runner of its own in freshman Orleans Darkwa, who ranks second among all C-USA players and fourth among Division I-A freshman in rushing with 738 yards. He has rushed for eight touchdowns and threw for two scores in Saturday's win over Rice.
FAU at Texas, 3:30: Both teams are fighting to become bowl eligible, an unfamiliar position for the once-mighty Longhorns (4-6) out of the Big 12. Florida Atlantic (4-5) has won three in a row, but Texas is 14-0 against teams from the Sun Belt.
FIU at La.-Lafayette, 7: Florida International (4-5, 4-1 Sun Belt) only needs to win two of its final three games to win the league title. The Panthers have a half-game lead over Troy (5-4, 4-2), but beating the Trojans 52-35 last weekend also gave the Panthers the edge against the conference's perennial favorites — and holders of the Sun Belt's last two outright titles — should tiebreakers come into play. T.Y. Hilton, the Panthers' top receiver and returner, has six touchdowns in his last two games. Louisiana-Lafayette is 2-8, 2-4.
Times staff, wires