FIU quarterback Jake Medlock could excel in the offense of new head coach Ron Turner.
Published: August 29, 2013
Bethune-Cookman 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. Schedule 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. Schedule 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. Schedule 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. Schedule 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