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Vegas says UCF big; Leonard, Spiegel honored; new football opponent; men's soccer gets votes

Vegas' early line on The Big Enrollment Brawl says they think it's going to be a Big Enrollment Beatdown -- and, apparently, early bettors agree (then again, the "smart money" had FIU over Duke, so...)

UCF opened as 13 1/2-point favorites and quickly moved up to 16 1/2 in some sports books and across the board offshore. Obviously, some folks see Team That Beat Akron by 42 and Hung Tough At Ohio State vs. Team That Beat Akron by 3 In Overtime and Got Blown Out In One Half at Duke.

Running back Kedrick Rhodes practiced Monday.

Sophomore Richard Leonard got the College Football Performance Award's Punt Returner of the Week for his 49-yard touchdown return against Akron. Kicker/punter (on Saturday) Jack Griffin was an honorable mention among the specialists.

In answer to who FIU will get to replace Texas A&M after the Aggies bought out the remaining game, the school should be announcing it tomorrow. Let's just say if this was before the ACC, SEC and Southwest Conference desegregated, FIU would be in big trouble.

MEN'S SOCCER

The 5-0 men's soccer team got votes in College Soccer News Top 30 poll, which came out Sunday. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire polls come out Tuesday.

After the wins against Wisconsin (3-1) and Illinois-Chicago (2-1), freshman goalkeeper Robin Spiegel got Conference USA's nod as Defensive Player of the Week. Spiegel made six saves in the two wins and, like the team, is 5-0 this season.

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