Today's area games


Maryland (6-4) at No. 6 Florida State (8-1)

Time: Noon

Site: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

TV/Radio: Chs. 13, 50/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Florida State has looked past Maryland the past two years, and it has reason to do so again. The Seminoles are 33-point favorites, and next week they're at Florida, a team they need to beat to face Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. Florida State also must defeat Maryland to share the Atlantic Coast Conference title with Virginia. QB Danny Kanell (216 of 324, 2,427 yards, 29 touchdowns) has broken many of Charlie Ward's school passing records, and junior tailback Warrick Dunn (1,058 yards) is on course to set an FSU rushing record. WR Jermaine Lewis needs six catches to become the all-time ACC leader. Maryland (4-3 ACC) is trying to avoid its fifth loss in seven games, an event that would severely damage its bowl chances.

Albright (7-3)

at Salisbury State (7-2)

Time: Noon

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Outlook: This game is for the ECAC Division III Southwest Region ZTC championship, and it marks Salisbury's first postseason appearance since 1986, when it advanced to the NCAA championship game. This is the Sea Gulls' fifth playoff appearance in 24 years; they earned berths in the NCAA tournament in 1983, 1985 and 1986, and played in the Coco Bowl in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1976. They are 6-3 in the postseason. Salisbury is 4-0 at home this season, including a 49-15 romp over Sue Bennett, in which RB Mac James set career highs with 105 yards rushing and four TDs and RB Daron Wimbish (104 yards) topped the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. The defense forced three turnovers and limited the Dragons to 10 first downs. The 49 points were the most scored in coach Joe Rotellini's six seasons. Albright had a three-game winning streak snapped by Catholic last weekend, 17-16. The Lions average 25.1 points a game and give up 13.5. QB Bryan Snyder has thrown for 2,509 yards and 17 TDs. WR Eric Nemec has 71 receptions for 834 yards and six TDs.

Tulane (2-8) at Navy (4-5)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, coming off an impressive 31-7 victory over previously unbeaten Delaware, have a chance to climb to .500 and keep their chances of a winning season alive. Sophomore QB Ben Fay continues to show improvement running the triple-option after gaining the starting job against Notre Dame on Nov. 4. Fay rushed for a career-high 119 yards against Delaware, including a 73-yard TD run. Senior end Andy Person led the defense with three sacks. Navy ranks eighth in the nation in rushing offense (234.6 yards). Three of Tulane's losses have been by five points or fewer. The Green Wave lost a 45-40 shootout to Rutgers last Saturday. Freshman QB Shaun King has passed for 953 yards. Freshman HB Jamaican Dartez is the top rusher with 526 yards and 10 TDs.

Morgan State (1-9)

at Hampton (7-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan State lost its sixth in a row last weekend, 29-17, to Howard and is 0-6 in the MEAC. Senior Michael Moore broke his own single-season passing mark, accumulating 2,205 yards, but there's been little else for the Bears to celebrate. This will be the first meeting between these schools since 1983, when Hampton won, 28-12, in Baltimore. Morgan leads the series, 30-5-2, but Hampton has won the last two. The Pirates are completing their first year on the Division I-AA level. They are coming off a 28-7 win over Fayetteville State, and a victory today would be the 100th for coach Joe Taylor (99-36-4). Senior All-American candidate Hugh Hunter is the school's all-time leader in sacks with 43. Junior punter/kicker Todd Covington has been a formidable weapon for the Pirates, and sophomore FB Tyrone Mayer went over the 1,000-yard mark last weekend. Morgan's FB, senior Andre Thomas, is the school's sixth all-time leading rusher with 1,424 yards. LB James Hall led the Bears in tackles for the fourth straight week and has 103 in eight games.

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