National Games To Watch

October 02, 1993

GEORGIA TECH (1-2) at No. 1 FLORIDA STATE (4-0)

TV: Channels 13, 25; noon

Line: Florida State by 33

Outlook: Florida State plays No. 3 Miami next week, so Georgia Tech catches the Seminoles at a good time. But it won't matter. Florida State QB Charlie Ward ranks eighth nationally in total offense (307-yard average) and directs an attack that leads the nation in total yards (572.25) and is second in scoring (44.3). LB Derrick Brooks has scored three touchdowns and his 18 points are four more than the Seminoles have allowed all season. Last week, Georgia Tech was a 16-13 loser to Clemson. Last season, Florida State erased a 10-point deficit in the final 5:20 to defeat Georgia Tech, 29-24.

IOWA (2-1) at No. 8 MICHIGAN (2-1)

TV: ESPN; 12:30 p.m.

Line: Michigan by 21 1/2

Outlook: Michigan is unbeaten in its last 21 Big Ten games (19-0-2), with the last loss coming against Iowa in 1990. RB Tyrone Wheatley has rushed for 100 yards in five straight games for Michigan, and he had three touchdowns in last week's 42-21 rout of Houston. Last week, Todd Collins completed 20 of 34 passes and became Michigan's all-time leader in completion percentage (63.0). Two weeks ago, Iowa allowed nine sacks and had two passes intercepted in a 31-0 loss to Penn State. The Hawkeyes are allowing 28 points per game. Last season, Michigan built a 31-0 halftime lead and defeated Iowa, 52-28.

No. 4 NOTRE DAME (2-2) at STANFORD (4-0)

TV: Channels 13, 7; 3:30 p.m.

Line: Notre Dame by 10

Outlook: Notre Dame has an 11-game winning streak. Stanford is the last team to defeat the Fighting Irish, winning 33-16 last season. The visiting team has won the past four games in this series. Last week, Notre Dame beat Purdue, 17-0, in a game played in driving rain. Last Saturday, Stanford fell out of the national rankings after a 28-25 loss to UCLA. Steve Stenstrom of Stanford has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Of the 18 losses Notre Dame has suffered since Lou Holtz took over in 1986, five have come in the first or second Saturday of October.

No. 2 ALABAMA (4-0) at SOUTH CAROLINA (2-2)

TV: ESPN; 7:30 p.m.

Line: Alabama by 14

Outlook: Alabama has won 27 straight games, one shy of the school record set from 1978 to 1980. As for individual records, Sherman Williams will try to tie the Alabama record of five straight 100-yard rushing games. Last week, Williams ran for 104 yards and three scores and David Palmer caught two touchdown passes to power Alabama to a 56-3 rout of Louisiana Tech. Quarterback Jay Barker, who is 21-0 as a starter, aggravated an injury to his abdomen against Louisiana Tech but is expected to play. South Carolina allowed a late touchdown in a 21-17 loss to Kentucky last week. Running back Brandon Bennett is averaging 5.8 yards a carry and has scored five touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Alabama is 8-0 against the Gamecocks, including a 48-7 rout last season.

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