Today's Games

December 04, 1993

Navy (4-6) vs. Army (5-5)

Site: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Time: Noon

TV: Channels 13, 7

Radio: WMAL (630 AM) and WNAV (1430 AM)

Series: Tied 43-43-7

Line: Pick 'em

Outlook: The Midshipmen, seeking to rebound from consecutive trouncings by Vanderbilt and Southern Methodist in their past two games, have a chance to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy by beating Army. The Cadets, idle since beating Lafayette, 35-12, Nov. 13, are looking to conclude their first winning season in three years. They won last year's meeting with the Mids, 25-24, on Patmon Malcolm's 49-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Keys: Navy's offense relies heavily on the passing of junior QB Jim Kubiak, who has set records for completions (232) and yardage (2,420). Five receivers have more than 20 receptions, led by TB Jason Van Matre (53). Army moves on the ground, with sophomore FB Akili King rushing for 843 yards despite missing three games. Junior QB Rick Roper is more of a threat to run out of the wishbone, but completed 49 of 82 passes for 675 yards.

No. 16 Alabama (8-2-1) vs. No. 9 Florida (9-2)

Site: Birmingham, Ala.

Time: 3:30

TV: Channels 13, 7

Series: Alabama leads, 17-8

Line: Florida by 3 1/2

Outlook: In a rerun of last year's Southeastern Conference title game, the Gators and Crimson Tide meet to determine who goes to the Sugar Bowl. Last year, Alabama won, 28-21, and went on to win the national title. There is an outside chance that a convincing win by Florida would move the Gators ahead of Texas A&M in the final Bowl Coalition poll that will be released tomorrow. The Gators are 10th in the coalition poll and the Aggies are seventh. If Florida moves ahead of Texas A&M, the Sugar Bowl would then choose ahead of the Cotton Bowl and could select Notre Dame, its first choice. The Crimson Tide received a blow yesterday when the NCAA declared star CB Antonio Langham ineligible for the rest of the season. A Washington, D.C.-based sports agent, Darryl Dennis, allegedly signed Langham to a contract shortly after the Crimson Tide's victory over Miami in the Sugar Bowl last season. The loser of this game will play North Carolina in the Gator Bowl.

No. 25 Michigan State (6-4) vs. No. 10 Wisconsin (8-1-1)

Site: Tokyo, Japan

Time: 11:30

TV: ESPN

Series: Michigan State leads, 23-12

Line: Wisconsin by 9

Outlook: Wisconsin seeks its first Rose Bowl berth in 31 years but needs a victory halfway around the world in order to get to Pasadena. Two years ago, the Badgers elected to give up a home game for a lucrative payday and a trip to Tokyo. A loss will send the Badgers to the Holiday Bowl against Brigham Young. Michigan State is headed to the Liberty Bowl against Louisville regardless of the outcome. Wisconsin hasn't beaten the Spartans since 1984. The Badgers feature an offense that out-rushes its opponents by an average of 128.5 yards per game. Brent Moss has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last nine games. QB Darrell Bevell has completed 68 percent of his passes. The Spartans lost to Penn State last week, 38-37.

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