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October 13, 2007|By BILL FREE

Howard (2-3) @ Morgan State (3-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Outlook -- The overall play of the Morgan State defense and the improved consistency of the two-quarterback offense have been the primary reasons the team has put together back-to-back wins. Can the Bears extend that streak to three straight victories at homecoming? QBs Byron Selby and Mario Melton didn't have eye-popping stats (13-for-23 for 130 yards) last week, but they didn't throw any interceptions. The Bears are getting too many penalties (111 yards), a fact that will eventually hurt them in key situations. However, nothing seems to halt senior All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference RB Chad Simpson, who runs for high yardage game after game. Simpson had 181 yards, including a 46-yard TD last week. LB Jarrell Guyton keeps on making key stops on defense, with 10 tackles last week. Howard always plays some of its best football against Morgan State, and is hoping some of the momentum from last week's 41-14 romp over Cheyney University will carry over to this game. The Bison are 0-2 in league play but have two potent offensive weapons in QB Brian Johnson and RB Terry Perry.

Hofstra (5-0) @ Towson (3-3)

Time -- 3.30 p.m.

Site -- Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV/Radio -- Comcast SportsNet/1570 AM

Outlook -- While Towson QB Sean Schaefer is being celebrated around the country for throwing a game-winning touchdown pass on the final play of the game last week against then-No. 14 Richmond, Tigers coach Gordy Combs has to be wondering just what kind of lasting effect that momentous play will have. Schaefer did wonders for his passing stats with a near-perfect 29 of 33 performance for 287 yards and two TDs. He was honored by College Sporting News as the National Offensive Player of the Week. Schaefer elevated his statistics to 64.4 percent passing for 1,406 yards and nine TDs. Tigers senior LB Brian Bradford leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 71 tackles in six games. Now, Towson must face a nationally ranked Football Championship Subdivision team (surprising No. 10 Hofstra) for the fourth time in the past five weeks. Not exactly the kind of team a school schedules for homecoming. Hofstra senior RB Kareem Huggins leads a Pride offense that has averaged 33.6 points. Huggins is the second-leading rusher in the Colonial Athletic Association with 119.4 yards a game and has six TDs in addition to returning two kickoffs for TDs. He also leads the CAA with 219 all-purpose yards a game.

Bowie State (3-3) @ Virginia State (2-4)

Time -- 1.30 p.m.

Site -- Rogers Stadium, Ettrick, Va.

Outlook -- The Bowie State offense is no longer dormant now that junior RB Isaac Redman has emerged the past three games to pump new life into a once-listless 0-3 team. Redman has rushed for 432 yards and eight TDs in three consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association wins, while the defense has been carried by freshman DE Alexander Payton. Virginia State is coming off a 23-14 loss to Saint Augustine's College.

Ursinus (4-1) @ Johns Hopkins (2-4)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Homewood Field

Outlook -- Hopkins isn't going away quietly in this down season for coach Jim Margraff's team. The Blue Jays shocked previously unbeaten Dickinson, 20-17, last week for their first Centennial Conference victory (1-3) this season, and they're now setting their sights on preseason conference favorite Ursinus (2-1 league). Sophomore RB Andrew Kase has been the reason for the team's much-improved offense the past three games with 406 rushing yards, while freshman K Alex Lachman won the Dickinson game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. Hopkins also received a major defensive effort from freshman A.J. Albert in last Saturday's game.

Salisbury (6-0) @ SUNY Morrisville (1-5)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Drake Field, Morrisville, N.Y.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Outlook -- Salisbury continues to pound most of the overmatched teams on its schedule, averaging more than 39 points a game, and continues its weekly march toward the top of the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll by climbing three places to No. 9 this week. SUNY Morrisville looks as if it might be headed for trouble in this nonconference game. Morrisville was routed last season, 65-7, by Salisbury in the first meeting between the schools. The unbeaten Sea Gulls appear to be much improved over last season, while the Mustangs still are getting crunched by the likes of The Apprentice School, 50-21, which has been fighting to avoid the bottom of Atlantic Central Football Conference. Salisbury is 2-0 in the ACFC and is headed toward an Oct. 27 showdown with Wesley College of Dover, Del., for the league title.

McDaniel (1-4) @ Muhlenberg (5-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Scotty Wood Stadium, Allentown, Pa.

Radio -- 1470 AM

Outlook -- McDaniel seldom has been close to this low at this juncture of the season, as proven by its 11 consecutive victories over an almost always strong Muhlenberg squad. This time, the Green Terror might have to rely on a few miracles to make it 12 straight over the Mules. Unbeaten Muhlenberg is ranked highly nationally in several defensive categories and last week showed off its offensive prowess in a 44-3 rout of Juniata.

Southern Virginia (3-4) @ Frostburg State (1-4)

Time -- 6 p.m.

Site -- Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Outlook -- This is the first matchup between teams headed in opposite directions, with Frostburg losing its past three games by a combined 120-17. Meanwhile, Southern Virginia has won two of its past three games, including a 76-35 rout of Kentucky Christian last week. Southern Virginia is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.

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