Georgia Tech (0-0) at Navy (0-0)
Time: 12: 09 p.m.
Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Series: Georgia Tech leads 13-9
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)
Outlook: This is a game of discovery for the Midshipmen, who launch the season with a new 3-4 defense, Brian Broadwater at quarterback from the start, and hopes for reversing a losing record. The Midshipmen will have to limit Georgia Tech's possession time, execute well and ration their errors to overcome superior size and talent. Containing Joe Hamilton is a must for the defense and resourcefulness mandatory on offense. Tech brings a six-game road winning streak. Navy dropped four in a row to end 1998.
Morgan State (0-0) at Bucknell (0-0)
Time: 12: 30 p.m.
Site: Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, Lewisburg, Pa.
Series: First meeting
Radio/TV: WEAA (88.9 FM)
Outlook: Until proven otherwise, Morgan State's opponent gets the nod in games like these. The Bears, in their first game under Stanley Mitchell, still have players hobbling into a road opener against a team that has 14 starters returning from a respectable season. The extent of running back Ali Culpepper's availability will depend on how well he's recovered from a groin injury that was nagging him earlier in the week. Linebacker Kirk Williams, a notable newcomer to the team, is also questionable with an ankle injury. Bucknell presents a challenge to Morgan State's run defense. The Bison averaged 178.8 yards a game last season, led by Dan Palko (682 yards, seven TDs).
Monmouth (0-0) at Towson (0-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Minnegan Stadium, Towson
Series: Towson leads 4-0
Radio/TV: WTMD (89.7 FM)
Outlook: Barnegat, N.J., native Jason Corle averages 147.3 rushing yards a game against the Hawks, whose West Long Branch campus isn't far from the running back's hometown. He needs 177 yards to pass Tony Vinson and become the Tigers' all-time leading rusher. In general, Towson finds its matchups against the Hawks to be beneficial, having gone undefeated in the series. Today's game will be the first on artificial turf at Minnegan, a surface on which the Tigers have gone 6-22. Quarterback Joe Lee makes his first start in three seasons against a team that won four of its last five games in '98. Monmouth averaged 36 points a game during that period and will test a Towson defense looking to redeem itself after giving up an average of 30.5 points last season.
Cheyney (0-0) at Bowie State (0-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie
Series: Bowie leads 8-7
Outlook: Never let it be said that only the big schools chew on cupcakes in September. The Bulldogs have a softie in Cheyney, the victim of a 41-0 pasting in last season's matchup. Bowie looks for its second straight winning season with former quarterback Henry Frazier as head coach, replacing current Salisbury State coach Sherman Wood. The reason to watch may be the Wing-T offense, which the Bulldogs implemented during the off-season to take advantage of the playmaking ability of running backs Ray Hawkins and Tiquon Murry.
W. Md. (0-0) at Bridgewater (0-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va.
Series: Western Maryland leads 13-5-1
Outlook: The Green Terror needs to test offensive and defensive lines, both of which took hits from graduation after last season. It probably won't come today. Bridgewater returns all but one of its starters on defense and and six of its offensive starters. The catch is that the Eagles lost all their games in 1998. That ordeal began with a trip to Western Maryland, the hosts rolling 56-24. If Green Terror quarterback Ron Sermarini performs as he did last year against Bridgewater -- completing 20 of 25 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown -- the results should be similar.
Pub Date: 9/04/99