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GAME DAY

UCF (5-3) at Liberty (3-4)

When/where: 7:30 p.m., Liberty Stadium, Lynchburg, Va.

TV: Inspirational Network.

Key matchup: Central Florida's defense vs. Liberty's offense. The Knights' defense makes it painfully difficult for the offense to outscore the opposition. Last week's 39-38 loss to Troy State is a classic example. Former Florida QB Antwan Chiles (1,810 yards, 10 TDs) leads the Flames, while RBs Lawrence Washington and Butch Jennings have combined for 721 yards. Liberty is averaging 27.1 points; UCF is giving up 27.0 points per game.

Guess what?: One of the Knights' biggest problems has been the secondary, where all four preseason starters have succumbed to injury. Two, Brian Crutcher and Steve Wright, are out for the season. RB Marquette Smith is on pace to become the third 1,000-yard rusher in school history.

At stake: To have any hopes of making the playoffs, UCF must win its last three, including today's game and the Nov. 12 clash at East Carolina.

FAMU (4-3) vs.

Morgan State (1-6)

When/where: 2 p.m., Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee.

Radio: WTMP-AM 1150.

Key matchup: The Florida A&M secondary vs. Morgan State's passing attack. Morgan State loves to throw the ball, but an ineffective offense is averaging just 14.2 points. With Rattlers QB Ray Domingo out for the season, the FAMU defense will need to hold the Bears to that average or less to take the pressure off sophomore sub Ernest Cooper (9-of-23 for 135 yards last week). However, CBs Keino Taylor (toe) and Ken Riley II (hamstring) both have injuries.

Guess what?: Of Morgan's 44 first- and second-string players, 22 are freshman and sophomores. FAMU offensive coordinator Jimmy Joe played for the Bears from 1970-73 and is ninth on the school's rushing list. FAMU WR Tony Bland is gaining 20.8 yards per catch.

The last word: "This loss doesn't eliminate us mathematically from winning the MEAC, but we realize that with two MEAC losses, winning it does become more difficult," Billy Joe said.

B-CC (2-6) vs.

N.C. A&T (6-2)

When/where: 1 p.m., Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

Key matchup: The Bethune-Cookman defense vs. the N.C. A&T wing-T offense. The Wildcats faced a similar attack against Delaware State last month and allowed the Hornets 264 yards rushing in a 31-13 loss. The Aggies' offense, led by QB Maceo Bolin (1,140 yards, 10 TDs), can be just as potent. DE Raymond Woodie (41 tackles, 12.5 sacks) leads the Wildcats, who have lost their past three games by a total of five points.

Guess what?: North Carolina A&T has come from behind in each of its past four victories. The Aggies are tied for the lead in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with South Carolina State. With nine receptions in the 30-29 loss to Albany State last week, the Wildcats' John Jones is seventh on the school's all-time receiving list. The Wildcats are conference leaders in two statistical categories. Tyrone Sneed is first in punt returns with a 15.07 average, and the team ranks first in sacks with 3.13 per game.

Series history: Bethune leads the series 10-6. North Carolina A&T won last year's game 29-14. The Wildcats haven't beaten N.C. A&T since a 38-10 victory in 1988.

_ ERNEST HOOPER

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