Today's State College Football Games

October 11, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez

Rhode Island (2-4, 0-2 CAA)

@Towson (2-4, 0-2 CAA)

Time: 3:07 p.m.

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV/Radio: WNST (1570 AM)

Outlook: The Tigers are hoping a raucous homecoming crowd will help propel them to their first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season. The Rams, fresh off a win over in-state rival Brown, are also winless in the conference. This could be a high-scoring game as both teams look to throw the ball early and often. Towson QB Sean Schaefer is averaging 246 passing yards; his counterpart, Rhode Island's Derek Cassidy, threw for 298 yards and five touchdowns last week.

Prediction: Rhode Island 41, Towson 31

Morgan State (2-3, 0-1 MEAC)

@North Carolina A&T (2-4, 0-2 MEAC)

Time: 4 p.m.

Site: Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

TV/Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bears hope to get back to their winning ways after two straight losses dropped them below .500. The Aggies have lost four straight after opening the year 2-0. RB Devan James continues to carry the load for the Bears on offense, averaging 107 rushing yards, but QB Carlton Jackson appears to be getting more comfortable under center. On defense, keep an eye on Bears LB Gregory Onyiuke . The senior had nine tackles and two sacks last week.

Prediction: Morgan State 30,

North Carolina A&T 17

Salisbury (4-1, 1-0 ACFC)

@St. John Fisher (3-2)

Time: Noon

Site: Growney Stadium, Rochester, N.Y.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls face a big test today minus the services of five defensive players who were suspended after a fight outside a Salisbury nightclub last weekend. The Cardinals had won 11 straight at home until losing last week, 31-28, to Hartwick. Their only other loss this season was at No. 1 Mount Union. Salisbury will need to find a way to put pressure on Cardinals QB Tim Bailey, who has connected downfield with receivers Jimmy Smith and Tim Marion. The duo has combined for 840 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2008.

Prediction: St. John Fisher 33, Salisbury 27

Frostburg State (1-3, 0-2 ACFC)

@Southern Virginia (1-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Parry McCluer Stadium, Buena Vista, Va.

Outlook: The Bobcats hit the road looking for anything positive after two consecutive home losses. The Knights could be just what the doctor ordered, having lost four straight by a combined 179-73. Bobcats QB Bryan Brosnan is likely relishing the opportunity to exploit the Knights' weakness in pass coverage. On defense, Frostburg State will look to contain Southern Virginia's big-play threat, WR Tye Hiatt, who is averaging 127 receiving yards and has scored four touchdowns.

Prediction: Frostburg State 38,

Southern Virginia 13

Elizabeth City State (3-3, 3-0 CIAA)

@Bowie State (2-3, 1-2 CIAA)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium

Outlook: The Bulldogs are coming off a convincing win over Lincoln (Pa.) and are looking to make it two in a row when they take on the Vikings. Elizabeth City State is averaging 30 points per game and has won its three conference games by a combined 114-23. Rodney Webb is coming off a big game last week for the Bulldogs, rushing for 91 yards and a score. QB Curtis Rich Jr., who ran for two scores and threw for one last week, orchestrates the Vikings' offense.

Prediction: Elizabeth City State 27,

Bowie State 17

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