Today's Games

September 06, 1997

Towson U. (0-0) vs. Monmouth (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Football excitement has struck Towson again as the Tigers leave behind two seasons of non-scholarship football to play in the seven-team Patriot League, the winner of which earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Towson will make its Patriot League debut next week at home against Holy Cross. The Tigers will tune up with today's non-league, season-opening test against the Hawks, who are 0-2 in the series with Towson that began in 1995.

Livingstone (1-0) vs. Bowie State (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bowie Stadium

Outlook: Livingstone opened up nine days ahead of Bowie and (( crushed Virginia Union, 56-6, giving the Bulldogs a lot to think about as they prepare for this tough season opener. Bowie has been wondering if Livingstone is that good or if Virginia Union is down this season.

Western Maryland (0-0) vs. Bridgewater (0-0)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va.

Outlook: Western Maryland has talent at the skill positions and a strong defense that should enable the Green Terror to continue playing the kind of ball it did down the stretch (4-2) last season after an 0-4 start. After today's season opener on the road, the Green Terror will meet Juniata in its home opener next week.

Salisbury State (0-0) vs. Ursinus (0-0)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Patterson Field in Collegeville, Pa.

Outlook: Junior Tim Burke has emerged from a crowd of seven quarterbacks to win the starting job in today's season opener for the Sea Gulls. Burke edged freshman Matt Main for the No. 1 honors and will try to lead inexperienced Salisbury back from a 4-5 finish last season.

Maryland (0-0, 0-0) vs. Ohio U. (1-0, 1-0)

Time: 6 p.m., Byrd Stadium

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM); WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: Maryland will play its first game under coach Ron Vanderlinden, who was hired to reverse a trend that has seen the Terps go to just one bowl game in their past 11 seasons. Ohio opened play in the Mid-American Conference with a 31-7 rout of Kent on Aug. 30, and, for the first time in three seasons under coach Jim Grobe, the Bobcats have become a triple-option team. The stars on offense in the "broken bone," otherwise known as the inverted wishbone, remain quarterback Kareem Wilson and fullback Steve Hoofkin. Brian Cummings will attempt to become the first Maryland quarterback in three decades to win three opening-day games. He has a talented group of tailbacks, led by Buddy Rodgers, and the Terps don't have to score a lot of points to win, thanks to a defense that is

keyed by middle linebacker Eric Barton.

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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