Today's National Games To Watch

October 08, 1994

No. 8 NOTRE DAME (4-1) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1-2)

TV: Chs. 13, 7, noon

Line: Notre Dame by 10

Outlook: Irish coach Lou Holtz this week said, "We have never taken an attitude of revenge." The Irish have to remember last year, when David Gordon's 41-yard field goal as time expired gave the Eagles a 41-39 victory and spoiled Notre Dame's hope for an undefeated season and national title. The Eagles get back starting QB Mark Hartsell (31 of 54 for 356 yards and 3 TDs), but Boston College will be pressed to duplicate last year's magical finish. The Irish are expected to be without TB Lee Becton and FB Ray Zellars, so Randy Kinder (59 carries for 395 yards and 2 TDs) will be expected to carry the load. QB Ron Powlus is

questionable with an injured groin.

MICHIGAN STATE (2-2) at No. 7 MICHIGAN (3-1)

TV: ESPN, 12:30 p.m.

Line: Michigan by 13 1/2

Outlook: The Wolverines hold a 41-18-3 edge over the Spartans in games played in Ann Arbor. One-time Heisman contender Tyrone Wheatley returned to form last week with 182 yards rushing and 2 TDs in Michigan's 29-14 victory over Iowa. The Spartans upset Wisconsin, 29-10, last week behind QB Tony

Banks (10 of 13 for 161 yards) and RB Duane Goulbourne (26 carries for 115 yards and 2 TDs).

ILLINOIS (2-2) at No. 17 OHIO STATE (4-1)

TV: Chs. 13, 7, 3:30 p.m.

Line: Ohio State by 6 1/2

Outlook: Illinois will be trying to become the first team to win four consecutive games at Ohio Stadium since Notre Dame won six straight from 1919 to 1929. The Illini lead the nation in total defense with 179.8 yards allowed (82.8 rushing, 97.0 passing). Ohio State RB Eddie George is coming off a 206-yard performance in a 17-15 win over Northwestern.

No. 3 FLORIDA STATE (4-0) at No. 13 MIAMI (3-1)

TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m.

Line: Florida State by 3 1/2

Outlook: One of the nation's biggest intrastate rivalries loses a little luster with Miami's loss to Washington two weeks ago that broke the Hurricanes' record of 58 consecutive home victories. Miami has not lost two in a row at home since 1984. This is a matchup of the top two coaches over the past five years in winning percentage, Bobby Bowden 57-8 (.877) and Dennis Erickson 56-8 (.875). The Seminoles prevailed last season, 28-10, but the Hurricanes have won 10 of the past 13.

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