North Carolina A&T (5-0, 1-0) vs. Florida A&M (4-1, 2-0), Citrus Bowl, Orlando, 2 p.m. _ The past two seasons, the winner of this game has gone on to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title (FAMU in 1990 and North Carolina A&T last year). For another wrinkle, today's game also has national ranking implications. FAMU is No. 11 in the NCAA I-AA poll and No. 2 in the Sheridan Poll; A&T is No. 15 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Sheridan. If the Rattlers are to win, they'll have to count on freshmen tailbacks Frankie Wilkins (91 yards on 16 rushes) and Kwame Vidal (51 yards on 11 carries) to replace injured senior Chuck Duffey (435 yards on 90 carries and 3 touchdowns). FAMU junior quarterback Tracy Weldon of Plant City has struggled (34-of-86 for 454 yards, two touchdowns, five interceptions), and North Carolina A&T has shuffled Maceo Bolin, David Russell and Adrian Starks at quarterback. FAMU holds a 31-4-2 series lead, but the Aggies routed FAMU last year 41-19. The game will be broadcast live on the Black Entertainment Television cable network.
Bethune-Cookman (0-4, 0-1) at Howard (3-2, 0-1), William H. Greene Stadium, Washington, D.C., 1 p.m. _ The Wildcats can equal the worst start in school history if they lose to MEAC rival Howard. But they have had two weeks to prepare for the game, so maybe they will reverse a lot of numbers: The Wildcats rank last in the MEAC in scoring (13.5 points per game) and rushing defense (240.5 yards per game). B-CC also has been outscored in each quarter this season, including 49-3 in the first. Senior quarterback J.D. Hall (60-of-111 for 620 yards, four touchdowns, six interceptions) has struggled, but is arguably the most explosive quarterback in the MEAC. He needs 94 yards and 16 completions to reach 6,000 career passing yards and 600 completions. If there is one encouraging statistic for the Wildcats, it's their series record against Howard, 7-4-1, which includes a thrilling 20-14 victory in double overtime last year.
_ BRIAN LANDMAN