Today's Games

November 18, 2006

No. 2 Michigan (11-0) @ No. 1 Ohio State (11-0)

Where -- Columbus, Ohio

When -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- LB David Harris and DE LaMarr Woodley lead a Wolverines unit that is third in the nation in total defense (231 yards a game), fifth in scoring defense (12.1 points) and No. 1 against the run at 29.9 yards. The Buckeyes enter with the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games and have won the past two meetings with Michigan. Only one team has been within 17 points of Ohio State, and the Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring defense at 7.8 points a game. Ohio State's Troy Smith is sixth in the nation with a 186.7 quarterback rating. He has passed for 541 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in two games against Michigan.

No. 17 California (8-2) @ No. 4 USC (8-1)

Where -- Los Angeles

When -- 8 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- The winner will clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 Conference title, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, effectively giving it a Rose Bowl spot at the very least. The Trojans could still make the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Cal, Notre Dame and UCLA. Southern Cal QB John David Booty has completed 183 of his 292 passes for 2,143 yards and 20 TDs with six interceptions. California CB Daymeion Hughes leads the nation with eight interceptions.

No. 19 Virginia Tech (8-2) @ No. 14 Wake Forest (9-1)

Where -- Winston-Salem, N.C.

When -- 7 p.m.

TV -- ESPN2

Outlook -- The Hokies have given up only 23 points during a four-game winning streak and are third in the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 10.6 points a game. The Demon Deacons, also on a four-game winning streak, are seeking the first 10-win season in school history. They are eighth in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 13.4 points a game.

From wire reports

Salisbury (5-5) @ Delaware Valley (8-2)

Where -- James Work Memorial Stadium, Doylestown, Pa.

When -- Noon

Radio -- 1320 AM

Series -- Tied 1-1

Outlook -- The Sea Gulls get a chance to register a winning record in this ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Salisbury won the ECAC Southeast Bowl last season over Franklin & Marshall. These teams have one common opponent, Widener, and both won, Salisbury by 17-14 and Delaware Valley by 16-0. The Aggies have gone 41-6 during the past four seasons.

James Madison (8-2) @ Towson (7-3)

Where -- Johnny Unitas Stadium

When -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 89.7 FM

Series -- James Madison leads 12-5-1

Outlook -- An NCAA playoff berth may be on the line for the Tigers, but they face a daunting assignment. The Dukes, who won last year's meeting, 55-14, have clinched the Atlantic 10's South Division crown and are a well-rounded team. Defensively, the Dukes lead the A-10 with 44 sacks and Towson has allowed a league-high 34, so it may boil down to how well the offensive line can protect QB Sean Schaefer and the second-best passing attack in Division I-AA. James Madison LB Akeem Jordan leads the league in tackles and defensive linemen Kevin Winston and Chuck Suppon are the primary sackers. Offensively, the Dukes average 32 points, with QB Justin Rascati and RB Eugene Holloman (108 ypg) leading the way.

Kent Baker

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