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Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2002 8:06 AM EDT
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Florida A&M (0-0) at No. 1 Miami Fla (0-0)

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Top-ranked Miami, riding the longest winning streak in the nation, opens defense of its national championship on Saturday against Division I-AA Florida A&M.

The Hurricanes enter the season with a 22-game winning streak and should use this contest as a tuneup for next week's showdown at Florida.

Barring a monumental upset, Ken Dorsey, who is 26-1 in his two-plus years as Miami's starter, will surpass Gino Torretta's school mark for career wins. Torretta led the Hurricanes to a 26-2 record from 1989-1992.

Dorsey finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting last season and should be in the running again this year. Already Miami's career leader in touchdown passes with 58, the senior threw for 2,652 yards and 23 TDs last year in leading the Hurricanes to their first national title in 11 years.

The Hurricanes may have some concerns with their running game, especially since Frank Gore, tabbed as Clinton Portis' replacement, is expected to be sidelined until at least October with a knee injury. Willis McGahee, who rushed for 314 yards as a redshirt freshman, will have to carry the load until Gore returns.

Florida A&M, which has won two straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships, is coming off a 7-4 season, losing to Georgia Southern in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs.

Casey Printers, a transfer from Texas Christian, replaces Quinn Gray, Florida A&M's all-time leader in total offense, and will run coach Jimmy Joe's "Gulf Coast" offense.

Florida A&M is 14th in preseason ESPN/USA Today I-AA coaches' poll.

Miami leads the all-time series, 4-1. The Rattlers beat Miami in 1979, but the Hurricanes have won the last four meetings by a combined 193-6, including a 57-3 victory in the last contest in 1999.

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