Today's games

October 14, 2006

Morgan State (3-3) @ Howard (1-4)

Site -- Greene Stadium, Washington

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Last year's result -- Morgan won, 7-0

Series record -- Morgan leads 35-30-3

Outlook -- A third straight victory is the quest for the Bears, who have climbed into a tie for second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference race at 2-1. QB Mario Melton has accounted for six touchdowns since becoming the full-time starter, and the defense, particularly the line, has been playing well, recording a shutout last week. Howard is winless in the league and allows 32.8 points per game.

Johns Hopkins (2-3) @ Gettysburg (2-3)

Site -- Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Time -- 1 p.m.

Last year's result -- Hopkins won, 14-0

Series record -- Gettysburg leads 18-13-2

Outlook -- The loser of this game will be in trouble in the Centennial Conference since both have one defeat. Hopkins has beaten Gettysburg 11 straight times, including five on the road, but will have to contain the league's leading rusher, RB Tom Sturges (147.4 yards per game). Hopkins has been buoyed by the return of QB Adam Waddell, who missed three games with an injury, and a resurgent defense that forced five turnovers against Franklin & Marshall last week.

Thomas More (3-2) @ Frostburg State (0-4)

Site -- Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 91.9 FM

Last year's result -- Frostburg won, 23-6

Series record -- Frostburg leads 1-0

Outlook -- It is the fifth straight home game for the Bobcats, who have not benefited from that schedule. They only play two pure road games all season.

Dickinson (4-1) @ McDaniel (2-3)

Site -- Scott Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 1470 AM

Last year's result -- Dickinson won, 25-22, in three overtimes

Series record -- McDaniel leads 35-25-1

Outlook -- Dickinson has a three-game winning streak. McDaniel DB Drew Abbamonte is sixth nationally in total tackles and second in solos. Dickinson has the Centennial Conference's best rushing defense (51 yards per game).

Morrisville State College (1-5) @ Salisbury (2-3)

Site -- Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Last year's result -- Did not play

Series record -- First meeting

Outlook -- The Sea Gulls' foe is in its first year of provisional play in Division III, and Salisbury is coming off a bye week. Salisbury will probably be without injured leading rusher Ronnie Shockley and will depend more on sophomore QB Ronnie Curley.

Elizabeth City (5-1) @ Bowie State (3-3)

Site -- Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time -- 2 p.m.

Last year's result -- Bowie won, 13-8

Series record -- Bowie leads 12-11

Outlook -- Elizabeth City is 3-0 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Bowie hopes to have QB Lamar Manigo, who has been nursing a bad shoulder. RB Nathaniel Queen leads the CIAA with a 116.3 rushing average.

Massachusetts (4-1) @ Towson (4-1)

Site -- Johnny Unitas Stadium

Time -- 3 p.m.

Radio -- 89.7 FM

Last year's result -- Did not play

Series record -- First meeting

Outlook -- The No. 8 Minutemen lost by one point at Navy, crushed William and Mary by 41 last week and have a three-game victory streak. They have outscored opponents 115-28 in the first half. The Tigers need to find a way to keep the heat off QB Sean Schaefer, who was sacked nine times and committed three turnovers in their first loss - to Maine. Another setback will probably squelch any Atlantic 10 Southern Division title hopes for No. 22 Towson and knock it out of the national poll.

Kent Baker

Wake Forest (5-1) @ N.C. State (3-2)

Where -- Raleigh, N.C.

Kickoff -- Noon

TV -- Ch. 13

Outlook -- Against Clemson, the Demon Deacons sought to answer any lingering questions about their 5-0 start, but their fourth-quarter collapse in a 27-17 loss only raised more. In contrast, Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato has seen his team bounce back from losses to Akron and Southern Mississippi.

No. 19 Missouri (6-0) @ Texas A&M (5-1)

Where -- College Station, Texas

Time -- 3:30 p.m.

Outlook -- A&M has one of the best names in college football, Jorvorskie Lane, a sophomore fullback who has 13 touchdowns in 2006 on 74 carries. The Tigers are 6-0 for the first time in 33 years.

No. 2 Florida (6-0) @ No. 11 Auburn (5-1)

Where -- Auburn, Ala.

Time -- 7:45 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

Outlook -- The Tigers finally get to face the opponent they were looking forward to last weekend while getting spanked by Arkansas, 27-10. A loss tomorrow would further damage any national and SEC title hopes. Things are sunny at Florida, where the Gators have the nation's fourth-best run defense (56.8 yards per game) and face a team with a weak passing game.

No. 4 Michigan (6-0) @ Penn State (4-2)

Where -- State College, Pa.

Time -- 8 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 2

Outlook -- Mario Manningham's knee injury gives Michigan one fewer option for its powerful offense, but QB Chad Henne returns to his home state with Steve Breaston as a quality target, while Mike Hart continues to be a steady threat in the run game. This game wouldn't be a bad time for Penn State to prove itself something better than also-ran this season.

Christian Ewell

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