Today's state games

November 05, 2005|By BILL FREE

Norfolk State (2-6) @Morgan State (2-7)

Time, radio -- 1 p.m., 88.9 FM

Series -- Morgan State leads 10-9

Last week -- Morgan State lost to Florida A&M, 27-16; Norfolk State beat Howard, 26-7.

Outlook -- After two straight winning seasons and last year's 5-6 season, the Bears have regressed, largely because of a defense that is last in the MEAC.

Villanova (4-4) @Towson (5-3)

Time, radio -- 1 p.m., 89.7 FM

Series -- Villanova leads 1-0

Last week -- Towson was idle; Villanova beat William & Mary, 35-21.

Outlook -- Towson has had two weeks to get ready for Villanova, but that might not have been enough.

Bowie State (8-2) @N.C. Central (9-1)

What -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game

Site -- O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time -- 1 p.m.

Series -- N.C. Central leads 13-4-1

Last week -- Bowie beat Virginia State, 27-17, to win Eastern Division title; N.C. Central beat Johnson C. Smith, 34-14, to win Western Division crown.

Outlook -- Bowie has reached the elusive CIAA title game in coach Mike Lynn's second year. Sophomore standout Isaac Redman became the Bulldogs' single-season rushing leader with 1,193 yards. Junior QB Lamar Manigo set a school single-season record with 13 touchdown passes. N.C. Central ran past the Bulldogs, 38-19, in September in Durham.

Johns Hopkins (7-1) @Hampden-Sydney (6-2)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Series -- Hampden-Sydney leads 12-5-1

Last week -- Hopkins lost to Ursinus, 21-17; Hampden-Sydney beat Dickinson, 66-27.

Outlook -- This is the second time in the past four years Hopkins has stumbled after reaching 7-0 and the third time in that span the Blue Jays reached 5-0 before losing. Two of those three setbacks cost the Jays their first trip to the NCAA playoffs, which they could get today if Franklin & Marshall beats Ursinus.

McDaniel (4-4) @Muhlenberg (3-5)

Time, radio -- 1 p.m., 1470 AM

Series -- McDaniel leads 19-13-1

Last week -- McDaniel lost to Franklin & Marshall, 17-14, in OT; Muhlenberg lost to Gettysburg, 10-3.

Outlook -- McDaniel has lost four straight since an impressive start before all the injuries.

Widener (6-2) @Salisbury (6-2)

Time, radio -- 1 p.m., 1320 AM

Series -- Tied at 1

Last week -- Salisbury lost to Wesley, 63-19; Widener beat Juniata, 52-7.

Outlook -- A humiliating loss to longtime rival Wesley last week knocked Salisbury out of the NCAA playoff picture and left the Sea Gulls with a likely ECAC playoff berth.

Waynesburg (3-5) @Frostburg State (5-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Series -- Waynesburg leads 25-11-1

Last week -- Frostburg State beat Westminster, Pa., 16-13; Waynesburg lost to Washington & Jefferson, 35-24.

Outlook -- Now that the Bobcats have conquered one Western Pennsylvania nemesis, they could regain some prestige in that area by beating another longtime thorn in their side today.

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