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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.
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