Today's Games

November 14, 2009|By MIKE KLINGAMAN

Villanova (8-1) at Towson (2-7)

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: 1570 AM

Series record: Villanova leads 3-2

Last meeting: Villanova won, 34-31, on Nov. 15, 2008

What's at stake: It's Towson's home finale, not that anyone is clamoring to watch the Tigers close out one of their most forgettable seasons in memory. Towson has won one game in the Colonial Athletic Association - against winless Rhode Island - and the Tigers are heavy underdogs today. Villanova is ranked No. 1 in the country in the Football Championship Subdivision, having knocked Richmond off the hill last week - the same Richmond team that clobbered Towson, 42-14. First-year Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said he is holding his injury-riddled team together "with Scotch tape and bubble gum," neither of which is likely to stop Villanova.

Key matchup: Villanova QB Chris Whitney vs. the Towson defense. Last week, Whitney passed for 277 yards and three TDs in the victory over Richmond. He's 19-5 as a starter and has never lost to a team with a losing record.

Players to watch: Villanova: WR Matt Szczur has scored at least one TD in five straight games. Towson: Anyone well enough to play.

Morgan State (5-4) at South Carolina State (8-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series record: S.C. State leads 29-5-1

Last meeting: S.C. State won, 32-0, on Nov. 15, 2008

What's at stake: Its title hopes gone, Morgan State (3-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) is playing to remain above .500. That won't be easy against a South Carolina State team that has won its past five games and is ranked No. 9 in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Bulldogs have won six in a row against the Bears. S.C. State is 6-0 in the MEAC, where the Bears are reduced to playing the spoiler after dropping their past three games. Morgan hasn't defeated the Bulldogs since 2002, when Donald Hill-Eley was a first-year coach. Can the Bears return to those roots?

Key matchup: South Carolina State QB Malcolm Long vs. the Morgan State defense. Long, the MEAC's No. 2 passer, has thrown for nearly 1,800 yards and 14 TDs. Morgan's pass defense is still No. 1 in the conference.

Players to watch: Morgan State: K Kemar Scarlett has converted eight of 11 field-goal tries, including kicks from 41, 42, 48, 52 and 55 yards. Call the Ravens. S.C. State: WR Oliver Young leads the MEAC with 46 receptions, five for TDs.

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