Today's game

September 07, 1991

Virginia (0-0) at Maryland (0-0) Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park, noon

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WRC (980 AM)

TV: Channels 45, 7

Series record: Maryland leads, 60-36-2

Outlook: This will be the season and ACC opener for both teams. Virginia probably will try to test Maryland's secondary, suspect last year, early. The Terps will try to run in the opening minutes so they can open up their passing attack. Maryland may be hampered by the injuries to starting OG Dave deBruin and TE Brett Stevenson, both questionable with knee injuries that have cost them substantial practice time. Reserve G Ron Staffileno also has been slowed by an ankle injury. If the Terps can't run, they could be in trouble, since a lot of their passing game is off play-action passes. The key to the game: Maryland's solid front 7 should be able to handle Virginia runners Terry Kirby and Nikki Fisher.

#The line: Virginia by 4 1/2

The Sun's pick: Maryland, 17-13

Ball State (0-1) at Navy (0-0) Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, 7 p.m.

Radio: WYST (1010 AM), WNAV (1430 AM) and WMAL (630 AM)

Series record: First meeting

Outlook: This will be the season opener for the Midshipmen. Ball State lost at home to Miami (Ohio) University, 15-7, last week. The Cardinals had the No. 2 defense in the nation last year, allowing 222 yards per game (and 3.5 yards per play). While the defense was limiting Miami to 214 yards last week, the offense struggled. Ball State will need a more productive day from QB Mike Neu, who was intercepted twice and finished with minus-52 rushing yards. Navy coach George Chaump will reveal his QB (Jason Van Matre or Brian Ellis) just before game time. The Midshipmen are stronger this year, but questions remain about team execution. If Navy's defense is able to hold Ball State, the team might be able to win.

&The Sun's pick: Navy, 16-10

Cincinnati (0-0) at Penn State (1-0) Site: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa., 12:10 p.m.

Radio: WJEJ (1240 AM), WASA (1330 AM)

TV: HTS, Channel 8

Series record: Penn State leads, 5-1

Outlook: This will be the first game in remodeled Beaver Stadium, which will seat more than 93,000 after a 10,000-seat addition during the off-season. Two thousand tickets remain for the game. If they are not sold, Penn State's sellout streak -- which prompted the stadium addition -- will end at 77 games. The Lions moved from seventh to fifth in this week's AP college poll after last week's Kickoff Classic victory over Georgia Tech. Penn State was the highest-ranked team not to receive any first-place votes, and coach Joe Paterno was unsure whether it deserved any. The last time Cincinnati opened Penn State's home schedule, in 1983, it stunned the Nittany Lions, 14-3. That was the year Penn State last played in the Kickoff Classic until this year.

%The line: Penn State by 38

The Sun's pick: Penn State, 35-6

Morgan State (0-1) at Norfolk State (1-0) Site: Foreman Field, Norfolk, Va., 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series record: Morgan State leads, 8-2

Outlook: Norfolk State coach Willard Bailey, who saw his team defeat Virginia State last week, 18-12, is concerned about a Morgan State offense that is capable of scoring a lot of points. Key to the game: the Morgan State's offense, because if it is in gear, it won't matter how many points Norfolk scores. Last week, Norfolk State FB Lawrence Pinckney (6-0, 234) had 14 carries for 43 yards and 1 TD, and QB Kermit Buggs completed 7 of 18 passes for 155 yards and 2 TDs, both to Gary Morris (City College). Norfolk State returns 18 starters from last year's 7-3 team, and of the 21 seniors on the roster, 16 are expected to start. Morgan's leaders after a 26-7 loss to North Carolina A&T include RB Nathan Ayers, 14 carries for 70 yards and 1 TD; DB Eddie Hill, 11 tackles and a fumble recovery; and KR Donte Carter and KR Robert Johnson.

.$The Sun's pick: Morgan State, 24-13

Livingstone (0-0) at Bowie (0-0) Site: Bowie Field, Bowie, 1 p.m.

Series record: Livingstone leads, 6-4

Outlook: Livingstone lost, 49-17, at Virginia Union last week. This is the season opener for Bowie State, which lost its last 2 games last season to finish 3-6. The Bulldogs will have to find a way to score more -- last year the team scored more than 20 points in just 2 games. RB Butch Wilson rushed for 721 yards, but scored just 5 TDs. Key to the game: A close game could go to Bowie. PK Mark Fitzpatrick has made 15 of 19 field goals in his career.

-#The Sun's pick: Bowie State, 24-12

Frostburg (0-0) at Grove City (0-0) Site: Thorn Field, Grove City, Pa., 1:30 p.m.

Series record: Grove City leads, 5-4

Outlook: Season opener for both teams. The Wolverines were 1-8 last year, and will be relying on the maturation of senior QB Duke Johncour. Frostburg finished 9-2 last year and made it to the ECAC South title game. The Bobcats enter the season ranked 18th in the nation by the NCAA Football Preview magazine. FB Rory McTigue (ECAC Division III South Player of the Year) returns after gaining 914 yards last year and scoring a school-record 19 TDs. But he'll have to adjust to the team's new offensive line. Key to the game: Frostburg's defense, which lost 9 starters. Frostburg won last year, 41-0.

* The Sun's pick: Frostburg, 37-6

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