Today's games

November 08, 1997|By Bill Free, Paul McMullen, Phil Jackman

Temple (3-6) at Navy (3-4)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: HTS/WWLG (1360 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Temple already has achieved its most successful season since 1990. Temple averages 340 yards total offense per game and 19.3 points per game, but the defense has allowed 388 yards and 31 points a game. Navy is coming off a tough loss against Notre Dame, but coach Charlie Weatherbie says he has seen no letdown in practice.

Maryland (2-7, 1-5)

at N.C. State (3-5, 1-5)

Site: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Chs. 13, 9/WBAL (1090 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: The two are tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the Wolfpack has more to play for. N.C. State could get in a bowl game with three straight wins, and coach Mike O'Cain's job might be on the line. More than half of Maryland's offensive regulars are freshmen, but the youth movement will not extend to quarterback, where first-year coach Ron Vanderlinden is sticking with senior Brian Cummings. The Wolfpack lost, 48-35, at Florida State last week, but that's the most points the Seminoles have allowed in their six seasons in the ACC. LaMont Jordan is fifth in the ACC with 466 yards rushing, 25 shy of the Maryland freshman record set by Steve Atkins in 1975.

Towson (2-6)

at Colgate (5-3)

Site: Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The Tigers are down to their last two chances to win a Patriot League game in their first season in the conference. Towson's Gordy Combs has been saddled with his first losing season in six years as head coach. The Tigers will need to pull off an upset to get a league win in the final two weeks, as they run up against the two teams (Colgate, Bucknell) that are tied for first place in the Patriot with 4-0 records.

Western Maryland (8-0)

at Swarthmore (0-8)

Site: Clothier Field, Swarthmore, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The unbeaten Green Terror is expected to beat winless Swarthmore and gain at least a tie for its first Centennial Conference championship in the 15-year history of the league. Western Maryland takes a 5-0 league mark into the game, and could win the title outright today if Johns Hopkins and Dickinson both lose. The Green Terror is coming off an 11-0 shutout victory over Salisbury State in the mud last week and was penalized in the USA Division III poll this week for not scoring more points against the 2-5 Sea Gulls. Western Maryland dropped two places to No. 14 in the USA Division III rankings and remained fifth in the important Division III South Region poll. The Green Terror needs to advance one more place in the South Region to earn its first trip to the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Ferrum (4-5)

at Frostburg State (5-2)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Today will be an emotional one for many Frostburg players. A memorial plaque to former Bobcats head coach Mike McGlinchey, who died in March, will be unveiled at halftime. Freshman RB Orlando Jones and sophomore QB Jason Henry have led a well-balanced Frostburg attack. The Bobcats are averaging 164 yards a game on the ground and 166 in the air.

Winston-Salem State (5-4)

at Bowie State (5-4)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Bowie State has won three of its last four and Winston-Salem State has won three in a row, entering the final game of the season for both teams. The Bulldogs' defense has led the late-season charge, intercepting 10 passes in the past three games.

Franklin & Marshall (3-5)

at Johns Hopkins (6-2)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Last week's 13-7 loss in triple overtime to Dickinson virtually took away any hopes Hopkins had of winning the Centennial Conference title outright. Now the Blue Jays have to beat the Diplomats today and Western Maryland next week to gain a share of the league title with the Green Terror and possibly Dickinson.

Salisbury State (2-5)

at Wesley (6-2)

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The young Sea Gulls have not played a home game since Oct. 4. It's been a frustrating season for Salisbury, which tried to wipe out some of the disappointment last week with an impressive effort against unbeaten Western Maryland, but still came away with an 11-0 loss.

Pub Date: 11/08/97

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