FLORIDA STATE (8-0) at MARYLAND (1-7)
Site: Byrd Stadium, 12:10 p.m.
Series: Florida State leads, 3-0
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM); WWRC (980 AM); WYRE (810 AM); WAMD (970 AM); WFMD (930 AM); WTTR (1470 AM)
TV: Channel 25; Channel 7, in progress, 1 p.m.
Outlook: Even if QB Charlie Ward rests his bruised ribs, the Seminoles shouldn't have any difficulty improving their conference winning streak to 16 games, which would erase the Atlantic Coast Conference record set by Maryland in 1975 and 1976. If Ward (2,011 yards passing, 242 rushing) doesn't play, sophomore Danny Kannell will. Sean Jackson (574 yards) is the Seminoles' top rusher, and Kez McCorvey and Tamarick Vanover have combined for 73 catches. After missing two games with a neck injury, LB Derrick Brooks returns to a defense seeking a school-record fifth shutout. Nine Maryland players were injured in last week's 29-0 loss at Clemson. WR Jermaine Lewis is out with a shoulder injury, but QB Scott Milanovich, who has a bruised left shoulder and bone chips in two fingers on his right hand, will play. Left guard Jade Dubis (ankle sprain) and defensive tackle Madison Bradley (back injury) are doubtful. As of last night, 4,000 student tickets and 2,300 reserved seats remained.
TOWSON STATE (5-2) at DELAWARE (6-2) Site: Delaware Stadium, Newark, Del., 1 p.m.
Radio: WITH (1230 AM)
Outlook: Two of the most explosive Division I-AA offenses in the country promise to make this a high-scoring affair. The Tigers, coming off a 40-12 defeat at Hofstra, are probably out of the playoff picture, but they can knock the 14th-ranked Blue Hens -- national semifinalists last year -- out of the postseason with a victory. The Blue Hens, ranked third nationally in total offense, average 37.4 points and 486 yards per game behind RB Darryl Brown (898 yards, 6.0 yards per carry) and QB Dale Fry (60-for-98 and 1,044 yards), the nation's third-ranked passer. The Tigers average 35 points and 464 yards per game, fourth highest the country. RB Tony Vinson (1,189 yards) is ranked second in the nation with 170 yards rushing per game. QB Dan Crowley has thrown for 1,350 yards, 17 touchdowns, and has been intercepted only four times. The Tigers, who have never beaten Delaware on the road, have committed 11 turnovers this season while forcing 23.
MORGAN STATE (2-6) at KNOXVILLE (4-4) Site: Evans Collins Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn., 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WEAA (88.5 FM)
Outlook: The Bears have lost four straight, giving up 204 points over that stretch, and they draw a tough assignment in the Division III Bulldogs. Don't let Knoxville's record deceive you. The Bulldogs have played all Division II and I-AA schools. They beat Bethune-Cookman, 34-31, in their season opener, the week before Bethune-Cookman whipped Morgan State by three touchdowns. QB Orlando Persell (97-for-196, 1,432 yards, nine touchdowns) and WR Jesse Humphrey (43 catches, 814 yards, nine touchdowns) lead a Morgan State offense that averages 30 points per game, but the Bears could have trouble throwing against a Knoxville defense that has 20 interceptions. CB Eric Carter (nine interceptions, 25 in two seasons) will cover Humphrey often. Offensively, Knoxville averages 30 points behind QB Andre Williams, who has completed 67 percent of his passes. RB Walter McMitchell has rushed for 895 yards.
BOWIE STATE (3-5-1) at NEW HAVEN (8-0) Site: Robert Dodds Field, New Haven, Conn., 1 p.m.
Outlook: The Bulldogs, who started the season 0-4, rebounded in October by going 3-1-1, including last week's 18-0 victory over Fayetteville State -- the Bulldogs' first shutout in four years. But the fun stops today against New Haven, the nation's second-ranked Division II team. The Chargers, behind QB Jim Weir, lead Division II in scoring with a 53-point average. Weir has completed 127 of 213 passes for 1,852 yards and 25 touchdowns, and has been intercepted only once. Weir's favorite target is WR Tony Willis, who has caught 56 passes for 930 yards and 11 touchdowns. Then there's RB Roger Graham, who averages 9 yards per carry while rushing for 1,358 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bowie State has surrendered 18.5 points per game.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (4-4) at JOHNS HOPKINS (4-4) Site: Homewood Field, 1:30 p.m.
Radio: WITH (1230 AM)
Outlook: The Blue Jays haven't lost at home this year, averaging 31 points in those four home victories. They will have to contend with a Franklin & Marshall defense that has allowed only 17 points in its past three games as the Diplomats have won three straight. QB John Guglielmo (1,374 yards, seven touchdowns) leads the Blue Jays, who will benefit from the return of RB Hari Lymon (242 yards). He has been sidelined twice by knee injuries. RB Chuck Wotkowicz (532 yards, eight touchdowns) has been excellent in relief, and WR Joe Richards (33 catches, 487 yards) continues his assault on the Blue Jays' record book. He is second in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. The Diplomats average only 12.4 points per game.
WAYNESBURG (2-5) at FROSTBURG STATE (8-0) Site: Bobcat Stadium, 1 p.m.
Radio: WFRB (560 AM)
Outlook: Three years ago, Waynesburg ruined Frostburg State's undefeated season and knocked the Bobcats out of the Division III playoffs, but that doesn't figure to happen today. The Bobcats, ranked second in the South Region and headed to their first playoff appearance, have won 10 straight dating to last year. Behind QB Gil Telleria (346 yards rushing, 1,153 passing, 23.1 yards per completion), the offense is averaging 32.6 points. Although the Bobcats have no one with 500 yards rushing, they average 243 rushing yards per game, and WR Ariel Bell has 19 receptions for 479 yards.
WESTERN MARYLAND (1-5-1) at SWARTHMORE (3-5) Site: Isaac Clothier Stadium, Swarthmore, Pa., 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: Following a week off, the Green Terrors seek their first Centennial Conference victory of the season and their first win in nearly two months. Their offense, which stalled repeatedly after long drives in its 16-7 loss to Franklin & Marshall two weeks ago, is led by QB Brian Van Deusen (1,883 yards, 11 touchdowns), WR Alan Pietkiewicz (55 catches, 687 yards) and RB Rob Johnson (650 yards rushing). The defense is led by LB Dennis Walker (66 tackles). Swarthmore's defense has allowed 28.3 points per game.
SALISBURY STATE (1-6) at C.W. POST (7-1) Site: Hickox Field, Brookville, N.Y., 1 p.m.
Outlook: It's another tough assignment for the struggling Sea Gulls, who have lost five in a row. C. W. Post is scoring 40.5 points a game, thanks largely to a superb season from QB Perry Klein. He has thrown for 2,685 yards and 27 touchdowns and has completed at least one scoring pass to eight different players. RB Joe Brusca already has added over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns (768 rushing, 261 receiving). QB Len Annetta needs 236 yards to become the Sea Gulls' all-time leader in passing yardage. He has 5,205.
No. 3 OHIO STATE (8-0) at No. 15 WISCONSIN (7-1) TV: Channel 7, 3:30 p.m.
Line: Ohio State by 7
Outlook: The student stampede and resulting injuries last Saturday after the Badgers' 13-10 victory over Michigan have rightfully drawn attention away from today's game. The winner today will be the front-runner for the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State leads the Big Ten at 5-0. Wisconsin is in a three-way tie for second at 4-1. Wisconsin relied on its potent running game to beat Michigan. Brent Moss had his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game and became just the fifth Badger to collect 1,000 yards in a season. Ohio State gained 224 yards on the ground in a 24-6 rout of Penn State last week. Raymont Harris had career highs in both attempts (32) and yards (151).