MARYLAND (1-6) at CLEMSON (5-2)
Site: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C., 12:10 p.m.
TV: Channels 7, 25
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WWRC (980 AM), WAMD (970 AM), WYRE (810 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)
Series: Maryland leads, 20-19-2
Line: Clemson by 12 1/2
Outlook: Maryland has had two weeks to enjoy its 26-18 defeat of Duke and prepare for Clemson, which surprisingly changed offensive formations last Saturday. The Terps routed the Tigers, 53-23, in College Park last year, and Clemson will have no difficulty getting up after struggling against some allegedly inferior competition. The Tigers rank last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense, but Maryland is last in the nation in total defense. Coach Ken Hatfield switched from the I formation to the wishbone for last week's 27-0 defeat of Division I-AA East Tennessee State, and Richard Moncrief will get another start at quarterback. With 286 yards, senior HB Derrick Witherspoon is the top rusher. The Tigers, who allowed the Terps 573 yards last year, start two seniors on defense. Sophomore QB Scott Milanovich (187-298, 2,453 yards, 18 TDs) is ready to resume his assault on the Maryland record book. Milanovich and WR Jermaine Lewis (47 catches for 901 yards, seven touchdowns) are among the Terps who used the time off to heal assorted injuries. Senior LB Chad Wiestling, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and missed the past four games, will return, and walk-on John Milligan is expected to replace Ken Lytle as the Terps' kicker.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME (8-0) vs. NAVY (4-3)
Site: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, noon
TV: Channel 13
Radio: WMAL (630 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)
Series: Notre Dame leads, 56-9-1
Line: Notre Dame by 34 1/2
Outlook: The Midshipmen are hoping the Irish will be looking ahead to their meeting with top-ranked Florida State on Nov. 13. Navy must spring an upset to have any chance for a Liberty Bowl bid. Notre Dame, with its current 15-game winning streak, has won the past 29 meetings with Navy since Roger Staubach directed the Mids to a 35-14 victory in 1963. Junior QB Jim Kubiak, who will be facing Notre Dame for the first time, has set single-season school marks for completions (171) and yards (1,845). Kevin McDougal returns to lead the Irish after missing last week's game with a sore knee. Notre Dame has averaged 254 yards rushing, led by TB Lee Becton (109 per game).
No. 12 PENN STATE (5-1) at No. 3 OHIO STATE (7-0)
Site: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.
TV: Channels 13, 7
Series: Penn State leads, 6-2
Line: Ohio State by 3 1/2
Outlook: The Buckeyes are off to their best start since an undefeated regular season in 1979 (11-0). Ohio State leads the Big Ten with a 4-0 record. Penn State is 2-1 in its first season of conference play and would be right back in the Rose Bowl picture with a win over the Buckeyes. Ohio State is unbeaten in its past 13 regular-season games (12-0-1) after a 45-24 win at Purdue last week. Raymont Harris has rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games. Penn State was idle last week after a 21-13 loss to Michigan. Ki-Jana Carter, an Ohio native, has five 100-yard rushing games for Penn State and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
TOWSON STATE (5-1) at HOFSTRA (3-3-1)
Site: Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y., 7:30 p.m.
Radio: WITH (1230 AM)
Outlook: The Tigers, heading toward their best season in Division I-AA, go after their third straight road victory with a team that is running on all cylinders. RB Tony Vinson is the second-leading rusher in Division I-AA, averaging 150 yards. RB John Swigart has taken over for Brian McCarty, who will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. He ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 38-14 victory over Buffalo. QB Dan Crowley continues his sensational run. He has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 1,033 yards and 16 touchdowns and has thrown only two interceptions in 118 attempts. DE Rob Stanavitch is coming off a school-record six-sack performance and CB Michael Collins has intercepted four passes in his past two games. Hofstra is undefeated in its past three games, and its run-and-shoot offense averages 341 yards behind QB George Beisel (162 of 281, 2,081 yards).
MORGAN STATE (2-5) at FLORIDA A&M; (3-4)
Site: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla., 2 p.m.
Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)
Outlook: The Bears will try to end a three-game losing streak, and they might be catching the Rattlers at the right time. Florida A&M; has dropped four straight, its longest slide since 1987, and its offense has managed only 46 points during that stretch. Injuries have severely depleted the Rattlers at QB, where they'll start freshman Erick Hawkins, who was ranked fifth on the depth chart two months ago. Morgan State's offense has had no such problems, as QB Orlando Persell (1,302 yards, eight TDs) and WR Jesse Humphrey (40 receptions, 780 yards, nine TDs) have led the way. Humphrey has caught at least one TD pass in every game. But the Bears' defense has struggled all year and gave up a school-record 730 yards in last week's 65-42 loss to Delaware State.
FAYETTEVILLE STATE (5-3) at BOWIE STATE (2-5-1)
Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie, 1 p.m.
Outlook: The Bulldogs are coming off of their best game, a 24-13 victory over Winston-Salem that marked the Rams' first defeat in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Bowie State's defense, which has played better in the past month, held the Rams to 244 yards. DE Tracy Ledbetter continues to lead the unit, with 45 solo tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. The Bulldogs also converted seven of 13 third-down situations, and are gradually getting their running game in order. Craig Mitchell has rushed for 249 yards and averages 5.8 yards per carry, and Monty Bennett (96 rushes for 352 yards) has been the workhorse. Fayetteville State RB Clifton Davis has rushed for 1,127 yards and 12 TDs, and QB Robert Harrington has thrown for 1,007 yards and nine TDs.
FROSTBURG STATE (7-0) at BROCKPORT STATE (6-1)
Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y., 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WFRB (560 AM)
Outlook: If the Bobcats are going to have their Division III playoff hopes derailed, today is the day. The Golden Eagles and Bobcats are similar teams. Brockport State averages 23 points behind a run-oriented attack led by Greg Smith, who has rushed 178 times for 805 yards and nine TDs. FB Tony Clingerman, who weighs 240 pounds, has chipped in 413 yards. The defense, behind LBs Dave Robbins (99 tackles) and Bill Dattalo (50 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles), has given up only 14 points a game. The Bobcats keep rolling with an offense that features five running backs, led by Kevin Bellamy (443 yards, 10 TDs). Their defense is led by safety Russell Williams (61 tackles, two interceptions).
JOHNS HOPKINS (4-3) at DICKINSON (6-1)
Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa., 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: The Blue Jays, seeking their first road victory, draw their toughest assignment in the Red Devils, who are heading for the sixth consecutive Centennial Conference championship. Again, Hopkins will be missing its top running back, Hari Lymon (knee injury). RB Chuck Wotkowicz is coming off a record-setting, 345-yard rushing performance against Georgetown, but the going will be tougher against a Dickinson defense that has surrendered only 48 points and has four shutouts. LB Joe Malone (55 tackles) and CB Charles Warren (seven interceptions) have been the keys.
ALBANY STATE (4-3) at SALISBURY STATE (1-5)
Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, 1 p.m.
Outlook: The Sea Gulls have lost four straight, and go into the contest with a defense that is allowing averages of 38 points and 483 yards. Albany State, led by FB Brad Gerber (475 rushing yards, three TDs) and TB David Coston (301 yards), averages 437 yards, and the Great Danes love to run the ball, which could be more bad news for Salisbury State. Sea Gulls QB Len Annetta threw for a school-record 393 yards last week, and he needs 377 yards to take over the career mark. RB Byron Pugh averages five yards a carry and has eight TDs.