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Sports bonanza

Now that the Ravens have been pushed back to Monday night, that leaves Sunday for all the household chores you were going to put off anyway once you saw today's bulging sports schedule. Frankly, the only way you're getting off the couch -- other than to take care of the obvious biological necessities -- is if you decide to go for the bargain basement baseball marathon at Oriole Park this evening.

Come noon, Maryland hosts No. 23 California at Byrd Stadium in an ESPN game that could define the Terrapins football season. Ralph Friedgen's Terps have been unimpressive in a tighter-than-expected victory over Delaware and a road loss to Middle Tennessee State, so they need to make some kind of statement against a Cal team that has scored a total of 104 points against Michigan State and Washington State in its first two games. Could be interesting. Could also be ugly.

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Special bonus: The Schmuck Stops There. I'll be keeping you posted and will also write a column for the print edition of The Sun.

Meanwhile, Navy hopes to bounce back from last week's loss to Ball State when the Midshipmen play on the road against Duke in a game that will be televised on ESPNU. Quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, who has been sidelined since suffering a partial hamstring tear during the Mids' first summer scrimmage, is scheduled to make his first start.

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Wait, there's more...

Tonight, the focus shifts to a college football game with tremendous national implications when top-ranked USC faces No. 3 Ohio State in a nationally televised game (ABC) from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Buckeyes could jump to the top of the polls with an upset -- and give Stan White bragging rights at WBAL for the next year -- but they'll have to do it without top running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, who has been ruled out of the game because of the foot injury he suffered in the OSU opener two weeks ago.

If college football is not your cup of tea, there's always Daniel Cabrera in the first game of the twi-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park, but -- as stated earlier -- you'll have to get off the sofa if you want to see that one. MASN will have to pick up the game in progress at 7:05 p.m. because of MLB broadcast restrictions related to the FOX Game of the Week. Garrett Olson will start the nightcap for the Orioles.

Couch potato question of the day: If you and your big screen TV were stranded on a desert island and you could have only one snack food for the rest of your natural life, what would you choose?


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