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Scouting report

By IZZY GOULD
Published October 7, 2006


FIU (0-5, 0-2) AT NORTH TEXAS (1-4, 0-1), 7 P.M.

After beginning the season losing four games by five points or fewer, the Golden Panthers were hammered by Arkansas State last week 31-6. The lone bright spot for FIU has been tackles for loss where the Golden Panthers are ranked seventh nationally (8.2) and 116th in net punting (27.31). FIU receiver Chandler Williams leads the Sun Belt Conference averaging 6.6 receptions per game and 73.2 receiving yards per game. The Mean Green is coming off its worst home loss in the Sun Belt, falling 35-0 to Middle Tennessee State.

DELAWARE STATE (2-2, 1-1) AT Bethune-cookman (3-2, 2-1), 4 P.M.

Both teams are trying to stay alive in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Wildcats are among the nation's best in scoring, ranked ninth with 33 points per game. B-CC quarterback Jarod Rucker, who leads the nation in passing efficiency (185.07), is penciled in as the backup after he sprained his right wrist last week. Jimmie Russell, the Wildcats' leading rusher with 182 yards and one touchdown, will start despite coping with to his right foot injury. Neither quarterback practiced this week. B-CC junior Victor Johnson would be the third option at quarterback. Delaware State leads the series 17-13, and won last year's game 17-0. The Wildcats had not been shut out in the MEAC since 1997.