Today's games

September 13, 1997

Towson (1-0) vs. Holy Cross (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Towson is not only making its much-anticipated debut in the Patriot League, but the Tigers are meeting Holy Cross in football for the first time in the Crusaders' 102 seasons. The Crusaders were picked this season to finish sixth in the seven-team league, ahead of only Towson.

W. Maryland (1-0) vs. Juniata (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Outlook: The Green Terror discovered an effective ground game in its season-opening 21-17 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) last week, with Gavin DeFreitos rushing for 125 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. If Western Maryland can continue to run the ball with success, it can only make things easier for sophomore QB Ron Sermarini, who completed seven of 14 for 54 yards last week.

Frostburg (0-0) vs. Salve Regina (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Frostburg lost 12 starters from last season's 9-2 team, but an exceptional recruiting year should enable the Bobcats to continue as one of the more powerful Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III schools this season. The Bobcats are expected to be strong again on offense, with sophomore QB Jason Henry coming off a good finish last season.

Johns Hopkins (0-0) vs.

Washington & Lee (0-0)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: This non-league season-opening game is the first meeting between the Division III schools in 35 years. The Blue Jays have posted a 13-6-1 record the past two seasons under coach Jim Margraff and are the only team in the Centennial Conference to finish in the top three in the league standings in each of the past three years.

Maryland (0-1) vs.

No. 5 Florida State (1-0)

Site: Doak S. Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla., 3: 30 p.m.

TV: Chs. 2, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), joined in progress after Orioles game; WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: Florida State will be without two of its most experienced players and may use more than two dozen first-year players. The Seminoles, who opened last week with a 14-7 victory at Southern California, will not have offensive tackle Tra Thomas and middle linebacker Daryl Bush. Thomas is serving a one-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules while Bush is expected to sit to allow a badly sprained ankle to heal. Senior QB Thad Busby faces a young Maryland secondary that saw just three passes in last week's 21-14 loss to run-oriented Ohio. It will be difficult for Terps to mount a running game against a Seminoles defense that allowed the Trojans 25 yards rushing. Florida State is a 34 1/2 -point favorite, but its average margin of victory over the Terps since 1992 is nearly 38 points.

Rutgers (0-2) vs. Navy (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Radio: WNAV(1430 AM), WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: Navy tries to regroup in its home opener after dropping a 45-31 decision at San Diego State on Sept. 5. Chances are good against the Big East's Scarlet Knights, who have been drubbed by Virginia Tech and Texas, surrendering more than 40 points in each loss. The Mids are favored by 19 1/2 points.

Morgan State (0-1) vs.

Bethune-Cookman (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: After being upset by Division II Morehouse, 24-14, two weeks ago in Atlanta, the pressure is on the Bears to win their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener. Sophomore QB Willie McGirt will need to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Morehouse in order for the Bears to avoid another upset.

Bowie State (0-1) vs.

Johnson C. Smith (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Outlook: The Bulldogs had their supposedly strong defense shredded in a 40-9 loss to Livingstone (N.C.) College last week in the season and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener. Bowie will be without wide receiver and kick returner Stacy Plater (bruised kidney).

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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