Today's games

November 03, 2007|By BILL FREE

Towson (3-5) @ Maine (2-6)

Time -- Noon

Site -- Alfond Stadium, Orono, Maine

Radio -- 1570 AM

Outlook -- Turnovers have been one of the major reasons Towson fell to 3-5 after a 2-0 start, with a minus seven turnover ratio spelling a lot of the doom for the team. The Tigers are coming off a bye week and have turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 78 points for their opponents. But the other part of that turnover equation, which has Towson scoring just 16 points off 13 turnovers, is equally as distressing for a team that entered the season with high hopes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Tigers senior LB Brian Bradford leads the CAA with 97 tackles in eight games, fifth among Football Championship Subdivision schools. Bradford is also tied for the CAA lead with three forced fumbles, and his 276 career tackles tie him with Rodney Smith (class of 1996) for fifth on the school's all-time list. Fellow senior LB John Webb is just ahead of Bradford on the career tackles list with 278. Maine has won the past three meetings and just ended a six-game losing streak with a 20-14 victory over Northeastern.

Norfolk State (6-2) @ Morgan State (5-4)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Outlook -- The Morgan State defense has ascended to the top spot in the country among Football Championship Subdivision schools, allowing 261.3 yards of total defense a game. Bears defensive coordinator Alonzo Lee has taken his defense to No. 1 in just his second season with the team. The Bears are No. 4 in the nation against the pass (141.4 yards a game), No. 6 in sacks (nine a game), and No. 22 against the run (119.9 yards a game). Morgan ended an 11-game losing streak to Florida A&M last week with a 14-12 victory, and now the Bears run up against a tough Spartans squad today. Norfolk State is coming off its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defeat, a 17-10 homecoming loss to Howard last week, dropping the Spartans to a 5-1 league record and into second place behind Delaware State. Morgan State is 4-2 in the MEAC.

Bowie State (3-6) @ Elizabeth City State (4-5)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Roebuck Stadium, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Outlook -- As Bowie State closes out a season that was unlike many of the past seasons when big plays on defense and just enough offense carried the team, this new-look Bulldogs squad hasn't given fans a lot to cheer about except the rushing heroics of junior RB Isaac Redman. But not even Redman could raise Bowie State above a .500 team (3-3 with Redman in lineup) entering today's season finale. Redman led the team to three straight wins in his first three games on the field this season, but the magic ended in crucial showdowns against Virginia State and Virginia Union. Bowie State lost both, virtually ending any playoff hopes. Redman averages 131 yards, and he has scored 13 TDs in six games.

Franklin & Marshall (2-6) @ Johns Hopkins (3-5)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Homewood Field

Outlook -- Sophomores Andrew Kase (RB) and Colin Wixted (LB) continue to be shining stars for a Blue Jays team that is intent on finishing strong for a .500 season. That would make it eight straight seasons Hopkins has put together a .500 record or better, a first for the school. Kase and Wixted have been relentless down the stretch, both stringing together one outstanding game after another, which bodes well for the future of the team. Hopkins not only has won 10 straight over Franklin & Marshall, but the Jays have flourished in November games since 2001, going 15-2. Last week, Hopkins gained 411 yards of offense and held Juniata to minus 16 yards rushing in a 42-21 victory. Franklin & Marshall is led by senior QB Kyle Turner, who has thrown for more than 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

McDaniel (1-7) @ Gettysburg (5-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Radio -- 1470 AM

Outlook -- Even if the Green Terror upsets the Bullets today, it would still have to pull off a second straight surprise next week against Johns Hopkins to gain any pride out of this season. Though McDaniel quarterback-punter Tom Wenrich is passing and kicking his way through a successful season, he isn't receiving much help from anyone else. Gettysburg appears to have too many weapons for McDaniel to overcome, especially RB Tom Sturges, who has moved into second place on the school's career rushing list with 3,954 yards.

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