NAVY (4-2) at LOUISVILLE (6-1)
Site: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Ky., 4 p.m.
Radio: WMAL (630 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)
Series: First meeting.
Line: Louisville by 24.
Outlook: The Midshipmen, who were 0-6 at this point last season, have won half of their games against Division 1-AA teams. Navy now faces the toughest part of its schedule, going )) against 23rd-ranked Louisville followed by Notre Dame next Saturday in Philadelphia. Junior QB Jim Kubiak has passed for more than 200 yards in a Navy-record five straight games, but was benched briefly in a 31-3 victory over Colgate last week in which he lost two fumbles and tossed two interceptions. He needs 12 more completions to surpass Bill Byrne's single-season Academy mark of 151. Senior TB Jason Van Matre leads the team in receiving (34) and ranks second in rushing (264 yards). Louisville rallied from 24-9 halftime deficit last week to beat Southern Miss, 35-27. The Cardinals have won six straight at home. Fifth-year senior QB Jeff Brohm has completed 62 percent of his passes (133-for-214) for 1,952 yards and 16 touchdowns and has thrown only four interceptions. Senior RB Ralph Dawkins leads the team with 430 yards rushing. Junior DE Joe Johnson is being pushed for All-America honors.
TOWSON STATE (4-1) at BUFFALO (1-6)
Site: UB Stadium, Buffalo, N.Y., 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WITH (1230 AM)
Outlook: The Tigers, coming off last week's 44-41 defeat against Howard, figure to take another step toward their first winning season since 1986. The offense remains explosive, averaging 442 yards and 39 points a game behind RB Tony Vinson, the Tigers' all-time leading rusher who has 853 yards and 10 TDs in five games. RB Brian McCarty will sit out the first of possibly three games after suffering a dislocated shoulder early in the Howard game. QB Dan Crowley, the top-rated passer in Division I-AA, has thrown for 783 yards and 13 TDs. The Tigers' defense, after taking a beating by the Bison last week, should regroup against a Buffalo team that lost to Division III Buffalo State last week, 13-6. The Bulls are averaging only 17.7 points a game, largely because their offensive line has allowed 35 sacks. WR Rusty Knapp has caught at least one pass in 16 consecutive games.
MORGAN STATE (2-4) at DELAWARE STATE (4-2)
Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del., 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: After their most inspired effort, a 49-33 defeat to North -- Carolina A&T; -- the class of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference -- the Bears take on another potent MEAC team today. Delaware State averages 280 yards rushing behind Bert Watson (546 yards, three TDs) and Phil Anderson (491, six TDs). That, coupled with a Morgan State defense surrendering 316 rushing yards per game, could spell a long day for the Bears. Then again, Delaware State's defense has given up 338 yards a game, which could mean another high-scoring game. The Bears' offense certainly is equipped for the job. QBs Orlando Persell (981 yards passing, six TDs) and Maurice Chase (736 yards, nine TDs) have directed the attack capably, WR Jesse Humphrey (31 receptions, 574 yards, nine TDs) is enjoying another fine season and RB Tony Phillips (347 yards, four TDs) is back on track after a rough start.
WINSTON-SALEM STATE (4-2-1)
at BOWIE STATE (1-5-1)
Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie, 1 p.m.
Outlook: After earning their first victory in 13 tries dating to last season, the Bulldogs' offensive woes returned last week in a 16-2 loss to Elizabeth City State. Bowie State managed only 43 yards rushing and did not score a touchdown for the third time this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.8 points a game and have been outscored in the first quarter, 54-7. Defensively, Tracy Ledbetter (62 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks) leads a unit that has been decent at times, but the Bulldogs will have their hands full against the Rams, who are unbeaten in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. QB Rovell McMillian has thrown for 835 yards and 13 TDs. RB Richard Huntley has already rushed for 1,033 yards and nine TDs and is second in the conference.
FROSTBURG STATE (6-0) at BRIDGEWATER (2-4)
Site: Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va., 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WFRB (560 AM)
Outlook: The Bobcats should not have much difficulty extending their winning streak to nine dating to last season. The Bobcats are averaging 373 yards and 32 points a game, and each victory brings them closer to their first Division III playoff berth. QB Gilbert Telleria (867 yards passing, 215 rushing) continues to lead the offense smoothly, and the Bobcats' deep backfield is led by Kevin Bellamy (373 yards, nine TDs). The defense, led by safety Russell Williams (59 tackles, 10 pass deflections, two interceptions), has forced 24 turnovers. LB Francois Fabiato leads Bridgewater with 80 tackles, and DB Bill Connolly has six interceptions. Frostburg, which has won 11 of 19 games against the Eagles, has not lost to them in 20 years.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (2-4)
at WESTERN MARYLAND (1-4-1)
Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster, 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: The Green Terrors try one more time for their first Centennial Conference victory. Offensively, they continue to click, having rolled up more than 400 yards last week in a 33-19 defeat against defending league champion Dickinson. RB Rob Johnson has moved up to second on the school's career rushing list, and QB Brian Van Deusen has passed the 1,500-yard passing mark. The ball should be in the air often today, as the Diplomats and Green Terrors average 71 pass attempts between them. QB Bill Meekings has thrown for 987 yards and four TDs, but his 10 interceptions account largely for the Diplomats' 17 turnovers. Franklin & Marshall is averaging only 11 points a game. The Green Terrors are allowing 36 points a game in the last five weeks. Something has to give.
SALISBURY STATE (1-4) at WESLEY (3-3-1)
Site: Wesley Athletic Field, Dover, Del., 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: The Sea Gulls will try to snap a three-game losing streak, and they'll take on a Wesley team that hung tough last week with undefeated Frostburg State before losing, 35-26. To end the losing streak, Salisbury State's defense must snap out of a slump that has seen the Sea Gulls surrender 36.5 points a game. Offensively, the Sea Gulls are averaging only 18 points a game, and they'll need a big game from RB Byron Pugh, who is gaining 5.1 yards per carry. QB Len Annetta has thrown for 941 yards and seven TDs, and H-back Charlie Whalen (35 catches, 414 yards) continues to add to his school career reception record.