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Today's games

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Akron (5-2) at Navy (2-4)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series record: Navy leads 1-0

Outlook: Akron is having its best season in seven years and figures to be a tough test for a Navy team coming off a bye week. The Midshipmen will be almost at full strength for their homecoming attraction, which they haven't lost since 1994. The Zips presented a balanced attack in last week's romp over Bowling Green, running for 263 yards and passing for 267. QB James (Butchie) Washington has made Lavel Bailey his top target with six touchdown catches. They will confront a Navy defense that has improved steadily and ranks 47th nationally. Brian Broadwater leads the Midshipmen in an offense that is third in the nation in rushing.

Fordham (0-6) at Towson (5-2)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series record: Tied 1-1

Outlook: In their homecoming, the Tigers face the Patriot League's cellar-dweller a week before their showdown against nationally ranked league leader Lehigh, and they must guard against looking ahead. They required overtime before fending off Fordham, 35-34, on Ed Kulic's extra point last season. Jason Corle scored four touchdowns in Towson's victory over Howard last Saturday and is the school's all-time rushing, scoring, touchdown and all-purpose yardage leader. He had 239 yards against the Rams in 1998.

Morgan State (2-4)

at Delaware State (2-4)

Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series record: Morgan leads 26-15

Outlook: Another homecoming game, this one for the Hornets, whose two victories have come in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games. The Bears spoiled the day for Delaware State two years ago, 14-7, but must go this time without QB Willie McGirt (shoulder) and perhaps backup Marques Brown, who suffered a concussion in a loss to North Carolina A&T; last week. Converted kick returner-running back T. J. Stallings probably will start. The Bears (0-3 in the league) are also thin in the defensive backfield. Delaware State relies on Rahsaan Matthews, who has thrown for 869 yards and eight touchdowns.

Franklin & Marshall (0-6)

at Western Maryland (6-0)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series record: Franklin & Marshall leads 19-11-2

Outlook: Franklin & Marshall is in the midst of its longest losing streak since 1962 and meets the Centennial Conference leader, which is No. 7 in the Division III poll. The Green Terror is shooting for a record-tying 17th straight win at home. Western Maryland QB Ron Sermarini has completed 70.5 percent of his passes, including 13 for touchdowns with only one interception. Matt Jackson (25 receptions) and Taron Powell (23 with seven TDs) are the top receivers. Diplomats wide-out David McKenzie leads the conference in receptions (34) and yards per catch (19.4).

North Carolina Central (3-4)

at Bowie State (3-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Series record: North Carolina Central leads 11-3-1

Outlook: The Bulldogs have won the last two games in this rivalry -- by two points and by six in overtime. Ray Hawkins, who leads the league in punt returns, is Bowie's top rusher, and Rod Williams is tied for the league lead in interceptions. North Carolina Central has a decent offense, gaining 343 yards a game.

Ferrum (3-4)

at Frostburg State (6-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series record: Tied 4-4

Outlook: Frostburg shoots for its fourth straight victory over Ferrum in another homecoming test. This is a key game for the Bobcats in the Atlantic Central Football Conference, which they lead by one. Sophomore DeNelle Hale (Dunbar) heads the Frostburg rushing attack with an 89.7-yard average. The defense is rated second nationally in turnover margin. Ferrum is sixth in the nation against the pass.

North Carolina (1-5, 0-4)

at Maryland (4-2, 1-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 3: 30 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)

TV: Channels 2, 7

Series record: North Carolina leads 34-26-1

Outlook: Maryland's once-strong defense will be under the microscope today as the Terps try to bounce back from a 42-30 loss to Clemson at Byrd Stadium last week. It's obvious that Maryland opponents are running away from outstanding outside linebacker Aaron Thompson (Mount St. Joseph) and talented cornerback Lewis Sanders. Thompson was once the leading tackler on the team, but Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Clemson preferred taking on inside linebackers Marlon Moore and Kevin Bishop. Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton, Wake Forest QB Ben Sankey and Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler have chosen to go after CB Renard Cox instead of Sanders the past three weeks. Sanders had his string of five interceptions in five games broken last week against Clemson, but he came close to picking off one pass and he broke up another. Look for North Carolina to try to spread out the Maryland defense today as Clemson did with its four and five wide receivers in a no-huddle offense. It's time for senior NT Delbert Cowsette and junior T Kris Jenkins to start living up to their high expectations. Cowsette has yet to play close to the level he reached last season. He has 46 tackles and one sack more than halfway through this season, after recording 96 tackles and three sacks last year.

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