today's state college football games

November 01, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez

William and Mary (5-2, 3-1 CAA)

@Towson (3-5, 1-3)

Time: 12:08 p.m.

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/1570 AM

Outlook: After a 42-14 loss at New Hampshire last week, the Tigers face another tough opponent when they return home to take on the Tribe. LB Jordan Manning, who leads the team with 66 tackles, should get plenty of opportunities to increase that total as he and the Tigers' defense try to stop William and Mary RB Jonathan Grimes. The freshman leads the Tribe in rushing (86.1 yards a game) and is tied for second in receptions (26) and TDs (seven). Also dangerous is WR D.J. McAulay, who has seven TDs. For Towson, QB Sean Schaefer continues to be the focal point of the offense, but RB Matt Castor has been getting more involved, rushing for 76 yards and a TD in last week's loss.

Prediction: William and Mary 31, Towson 17

Morgan State (5-3, 3-1 MEAC)

@Florida A&M (3-3, 3-1)

Time: 3 p.m.

Site: Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears put their three-game winning streak on the line when they play the Rattlers. They have been productive on both sides of the ball during the streak. Last week, the defense made three interceptions to increase its season total to 16, most in the Football Championship Subdivision. LB Jarrell Guyton had seven tackles, giving him 203 for his career. RB Devan James topped 100 rushing yards for the sixth time in eight games. He also scored two TDs.

Prediction: Florida A&M 27, Morgan State 24

Wesley (5-1, 2-0 ACFC)@Salisbury (7-1, 1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sea Gull Stadium

Outlook: With the ACFC title at stake, Salisbury and Wesley enter today's "Route 13 Rivalry" on rolls. The Sea Gulls have won four in a row. The Wolverines have won five straight. Both are ranked in the D3football.com poll. Wesley's offense is led by QB Shane McSweeny, who has thrown for 1,136 yards and 10 TDs.

Prediction: Salisbury 38, Wesley 31

Juniata (1-7, 1-5 Centennial)

@Johns Hopkins (5-2, 3-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: The Blue Jays are coming off a bye week while the Eagles are trying to rebound from a triple-overtime loss to Moravian last week. After dropping consecutive games, Hopkins has won its past two. Juniata has lost four games by seven points or fewer. QB Jay Leonard is the Eagles' all-time leader in passing yards (7,008) and has thrown for 1,339 yards this season. Hopkins freshman QB Hewitt Tomlin is right behind Leonard with 1,338 passing yards. Juniata's defense is ranked fifth in the conference, allowing 316.9 yards a game.

Prediction: Hopkins 24, Juniata 14

Virginia State (5-4, 5-2 CIAA)

@Bowie State 4-4, 3-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldogs Stadium

Outlook: The Bulldogs have won three of their past four, the loss coming against Elizabeth City State. Virginia State has won three in a row, with its last loss also coming against Elizabeth City State. The Bulldogs average 20.9 points while the Trojans are at 22.8. The Bowie State defense, led by senior LB Jonathan Edwards, is allowing 15.5 points, and Virginia State gives up 18.8. Last week, Trojans RB Babaside Onadipe, subbing for injured Taron Hampton, rushed for 154 yards and a TD in his first college game.

Prediction: Virginia State 20, Bowie State 17

McDaniel (2-5, 1-4 Centennial)

@Franklin & Marshall (2-3, 3-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Outlook: The Green Terror will try to end its three-game losing streak when it takes on Franklin & Marshall, undefeated at home this season. The Diplomats have lost two straight. McDaniel has scored 10 points or fewer in five of its past six games, all losses. Turnovers continue to afflict the Green Terror, which took a 7-3 lead into the fourth quarter last week against Ursinus only to turn over the ball three times in its own territory.

Prediction: Franklin & Marshall 24, McDaniel 10

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