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College football: State Capsules


2012 record: 9-3

2012 MEAC finish: 8-0, first

Coach: Brian Jenkins (27-8, fourth season and overall)

Outlook: The Wildcats lost in the first round of the Football Championship Series playoffs last season, 24-14 to Coastal Carolina. Junior quarterback Quentin Williams (Jefferson High) returns after starting seven of the final eight games in 2012 and leading the MEAC in passing efficiency with a 151.99 rating.


Date Opponent Time

Sunday at Tennessee State 8 p.m.

Sept. 7 Virginia Union 4 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Florida International 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Florida State TBD

Oct. 5 at Delaware State 2 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Howard 1 p.m.

Oct. 19 Savannah State 4 p.m.

Oct. 26 South Carolina State 4 p.m.

Nov. 2 at N.C. Central Noon

Nov. 9 Norfolk State 4 p.m.

Nov. 16 Hampton 4 p.m.

Nov. 23 Florida A&M* 2 p.m.

*-at Orlando

Florida A&M

2012 record: 4-7

2012 MEAC finish: 4-4, tied for sixth

Coach: Earl Holmes (first season)

Outlook: All eyes will be on Holmes, who takes over his alma mater for program legend Joe Taylor, who retired at the end of 2012. A former NFL linebacker, Holmes has his work cut out for him succeeding Taylor, who had a career mark of 233-96-4. The Rattlers jump right into the spotlight, opening the season Sunday against Mississippi Valley State in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando.


Date Opponent Time

Sunday Miss. Valley State* 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 7 Tennessee State 2 p.m.

Sept. 14 Samford 2 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Ohio State TBD

Oct. 5 at Morgan State 1 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Savannah State 6 p.m.

Oct. 19 Howard 2 p.m.

Oct. 26 North Carolina A&T 2 p.m.

Nov. 2 at Norfolk State 2 p.m.

Nov. 9 at S. Carolina State 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 Delaware State 2 p.m.

Nov. 23 Bethune-Cookman* 2 p.m.

*-at Orlando

Florida Atlantic

2012 record: 3-9

2012 Sun Belt finish: 2-6, tied for eighth

2012 bowl game: None

Coach: Carl Pelini (3-9, second season)

Outlook: The Owls move to Conference-USA this season after a rough final season in the Sun Belt. Still rebuilding under second-year coach Pelini, FAU has a playmaker at receiver in junior William Dukes, but is largely inexperienced. The early schedule is not kind: at Miami, at East Carolina and at South Florida in the first three games.


Date Opponent Time

Friday at Miami 8 p.m.

Sept. 5 at East Carolina 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at South Florida 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 Middle Tennessee TBA

Sept. 28 at Rice 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 at UAB TBA

Oct. 12 Marshall 5 p.m.

Oct. 26 at Auburn TBA

Nov. 2 Tulane TBA

Nov. 16 at Southern Miss TBA

Nov. 23 New Mexico State TBA

Nov. 29 Florida International 3 p.m.

Florida International

2012 record: 3-9

2012 Sun Belt finish: 2-6, tied for eighth

2012 bowl game: None

Coach: Ron Turner (first season)

Outlook: The Golden Panthers move to Conference-USA this season with first-year coach Ron Turner, a former NFL assistant who spent 2012 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Turner’s specialty is offense, where QB Jake Medlock returns. But the top rusher from 2012, Kedrick Rhodes, was dismissed during the offseason.


Date Opponent Time

Saturday at Maryland 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 Central Florida 8 p.m.

Sept. 14 Bethune-Cookman 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Louisville TBA

Oct. 5 at Southern Miss TBA

Oct. 12 UAB TBA

Oct. 26 Louisiana Tech TBA

Nov. 2 East Carolina TBA

Nov. 9 at Middle Tennessee 5 p.m.

Nov. 16 at UTEP TBA

Nov. 23 Marshall TBA

Nov. 29 at Florida Atlantic 3 p.m.

The Associated Press

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