* THIS SATURDAY: vs. Wake Forest, noon, Byrd Stadium, College Park.


* PREVIOUS GAME: The Terps' 31-3 loss to Georgia Tech muffled championship talk as their Atlantic Coast Conference record dipped to 1-2. Wake Forest lost to North Carolina, 31-24; the Deacons are 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the ACC.

* KEY STATISTICS: Maryland QB Scott Zolak was sacked 10 times, and Tech had 471 yards total offense as Maryland's defense wilted under Georgia Tech's heavy pass rush.


* INJURIES: Chad Wiestling, who was sharing the H-back position with Frank Wycheck, broke his left collarbone and is out for the season.

* QUOTE: Maryland coach Joe Krivak: "I told the team to put this one behind us because it doesn't do any good to dwell on it. We've got to get ready to play Wake Forest and then go on the road the final four weeks of the season." * THIS SATURDAY: vs. Akron, 1:30 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis.

* PREVIOUS GAME: The Middies bowed to Air Force, 24-7, for the ninth straight year. Akron (3-2-1), directed by ex-Notre Dame coach Gerry Faust, lost to Western Michigan, 24-20.

* KEY STATISTICS: Navy rushed for a meager 69 yards on 31 attempts. QB Gary McIntosh, subbing for injured (bruised lung) Alton Grizzard, went 15-for-32 for 210 yards, with three interceptions, but got most of his yardage when the game was beyond reach.

* INJURIES: Linebacker Chris Beck will miss at least one game with a pinched nerve in his neck. Grizzard and running back Ivan Bullard (hamstring) are probable.

* QUOTE: Coach George Chaump: "We need to strive for consistency. We've found every way possible to turn the ball over. Turnovers [six in each of the last two games] killed us again."

Doug Brown





* THIS SATURDAY: vs. Virginia Union in Richmond, 1:30 p.m.

* PREVIOUS GAME: The Golden Bears were swamped in a 42-0 loss at South Carolina State. The Bulldogs' defense and special teams were the key to four of their six touchdowns. Morgan State, which used four quarterbacks and had 122 yards total offense, hasn't scored since Sept. 15 . . . Virginia Union, No. 9 in the Division II rankings, improved to 6-0 with a 14-7 defeat of Elizabeth City.


* THIS SATURDAY: vs. James Madison in Towson, 7 p.m.


* PREVIOUS GAME: The Tigers' woes continued in a 55-26 loss at Bucknell. It was the second-highest point total allowed in Towson State history. The Tigers trailed 35-6 at the half, before Rick Marsilio replaced Chris Goetz at quarterback and ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. Towson State finishes with six straight home games . . . JMU is 3-2 after beating Northeastern, 21-0.


* THIS SATURDAY: vs. Elizabeth City in Bowie, 1:30 p.m.

* PREVIOUS GAME: The Bulldogs' season of great expectations continued to fall apart with their third straight CIAA Northern Division loss at home, 29-17 to Norfolk State. Bowie State drew within three points in the fourth quarter before a large homecoming crowd . . . Elizabeth City slipped to 2-3-1 with a 14-7 loss to Virginia Union.


* THIS SATURDAY: vs. St. Francis, Pa., in Frostburg, 1:30 p.m.


* PREVIOUS GAME: The Bobcats' defense ran its string of scoreless quarters to 10 in a 41-0 rout of Catholic. With Rory McTigue leading the way, Frostburg State's rushing attack is averaging more than 322 yards. The Bobcats play their next four games at home . . . St. Francis dropped to 2-3 with a 22-13 loss to Marist.

'JOHNS HOPKINS (2-3) * THIS SATURDAY: vs. Muhlenberg at Homewood Field, 1:3 * PREVIOUS GAME: The Blue Jays took a step backward with a 28-12 loss to Ursinus in which they were outscored 14-0 in the second half, which is when they normally play their best. Hopkins was outrushed 252-67 . . . Muhlenberg (1-4) beat Swarthmore, 23-6.

$SALISBURY STATE (0-5) * THIS SATURDAY: vs. Wagner in Staten Island, N.Y., 2 p.m.

* PREVIOUS GAME: The Sea Gulls are off to their worst start in nine years following a 31-13 loss to Glassboro State. Jason Barton's 61 yards rushing were a season-high for Salisbury State . . . Wagner (4-1) whipped Newport News Apprentice, 56-14.


* THIS SATURDAY: vs. Dickinson in Westminster, 1:30 p.m.


* PREVIOUS GAME: Eric Frees (37 carries for 121 yards) moved within 127 yards of the school rushing record and the Green Terrors matched their best start in eight years by coming back to tie Randolph-Macon, 14-14 . . . Dickinson (5-0) beat Franklin & Marshall, 35-14, to take over first place in the Centennial Conference.

Paul McMullen


1. Notre Dame (3-1) lost to Stanford 36-31. Next: vs. Air Force, Saturday.

2. Florida St. (4-1) lost to No. 9 Miami, Fla. 31-22. Next: at No. 5 Auburn, Oct. 20.

3. Michigan (3-1) beat Wisconsin 41-3. Next: vs. No. 18 Michigan St., Saturday.


4. Virginia (4-0) did not play. Next: vs. North Carolina State, Saturday.

5. Auburn (3-0-1) beat Louisiana Tech 16-14. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday.

6. Tennessee (3-0-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 10 Florida, Saturday.

7. Oklahoma (5-0) beat Oklahoma State 31-17. Next: vs. Texas, Saturday.

8. Nebraska (5-0) beat Kansas State 45-8. Next: vs. Missouri, Saturday.

9. Miami, Fla. (3-1) beat No. 2 Florida St. 31-22. Next: vs. Kansas, Saturday.


10. Florida (5-0) beat LSU 34-8. Next: at No. 6 Tennessee, Saturday.

11. Brigham Young (4-1) did not play. Next: vs. Colorado State, Saturday.

12. Colorado (4-1-1) beat Missouri 33-31. Next: vs. Iowa State, Saturday.

13. Houston (4-0) beat Baylor 31-15. Next: vs. No. 19 Texas A&M;, Saturday.

(tie). Illinois (3-1) beat No. 20 Ohio St. 31-20. Next: vs. Purdue, Saturday.

15. USC (4-1) beat Washington State 30-17. Next: at Stanford, Saturday.


16. Clemson (5-1) beat Georgia 34-3. Next: at No. 23 Georgia Tech, Saturday.

17. Washington (4-1) beat Arizona State 42-14. Next: vs. Oregon, Saturday.

18. Michigan St. (1-2-1) lost to Iowa 12-7. Next: at No. 3 Michigan, Saturday.

19. Texas A&M; (4-1) beat Texas Tech 28-24. Next: at No. 13 Houston, Sat.

20. Ohio St. (2-2) lost to No. 13 Illinois 31-20. Next: at Indiana, Saturday.

21. Arkansas (2-2) lost to TCU 54-26. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday.


22. Oregon (4-1) beat Utah State 52-7. Next: at No. 17 Washington, Saturday.

23. Georgia Tech (4-0) beat Maryland 31-3. Next: vs. No. 16 Clemson, Saturday.

24. Fresno State (5-1) lost to Northern Illinois 73-18. Next: Utah State, Saturday.

25. Arizona (4-1) beat UCLA 28-21. Next: vs. Oregon State, Saturday.