Today's games


Tulane (3-6) at Navy (3-6)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

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

Series: Tulane leads 7-4-1

Outlook: Two teams having similar seasons clash in the Midshipmen's final home game. Thirty departing Navy seniors will be saluted and the team hopes to send them off with a victory that will keep alive the possibility of a .500 season. Navy has lost its past five at this site, while Tulane has dropped three straight overall and is 0-5 on the road. Their offensive styles couldn't be more dissimilar. The Green Wave is averaging 50 passes a game with Patrick Ramsey (2,794 passing yards) doing most of the throwing. The receivers are fleet and talented, especially JaJuan Dawson (80 receptions despite missing last week's loss to Houston) and Adrian Burnette (63 catches). Freshman Kerwin Jones added 11 receptions last week while subbing for Dawson. But opponents have rushed for more than 241 yards per game against the Green Wave and running the option is Navy's strength. Brian Madden is the first Navy quarterback since Chris McCoy to run for more than 150 yards in consecutive games, and the team ranks fourth nationally in rushing offense. The Midshipmen held Rutgers to 7 yards on the ground last week and should again fare well against a team averaging only 2.8 yards per carry.

Towson (7-3) at Colgate (8-1)

Site: Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Colgate leads 3-0

Outlook: As long as Towson (4-1 league) wins, it still has a shot at the Patriot League title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Colgate (4-1) is pretty much a lock for postseason play if it holds off the Tigers, a better team than the one that has lost the previous three meeting by an average of score of 35-9. Ryan Vena ran and threw for touchdowns in the fourth quarter last week, leading Colgate to a 28-24 win over Lehigh. The Tigers' Jason Corle can become the school's all-time leading receiver with two catches in his final regular-season contest. The team will play without its third-leading tackler, LB Aaron Sakevich.

Johns Hopkins (4-5) at Western Maryland (9-0)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Johns Hopkins leads 39-33-5

Outlook: The Centennial Conference championship was supposed to be at stake in today's game, as it has been for the past two seasons. The Blue Jays (3-3 league) have been banged up throughout this season, so this matchup with the No. 6 Green Terror (6-0) won't be nearly as attractive. Western Maryland's main task will be to not look ahead to the first-round playoff game it will play host to next week. Last week, the Green Terror hammered Swarthmore for its 20th straight league victory, while Hopkins held off Franklin & Marshall, 35-33, getting 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns from freshman Kevin Johnson. The Green Terror defense -- ranked third in Division III and allowing 7.8 points per game -- should stymie the Blue Jays, the last team to beat Western Maryland in the regular season.

Howard (4-5) at Morgan State (2-6)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan State leads 32-29-3

Outlook: It is presumably the final game at Hughes Stadium until at least 2001, because of a $14 million renovation scheduled to begin in January. The game is also a send-off for 13 Morgan State seniors. The Bears (0-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had 27 players in need of medical treatment after a 20-16 loss to Norfolk State last week and are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak since beating Towson on Oct. 9. As Morgan State attempts to avenge last year's 69-3 loss to the Bison, Marc Lester will return to quarterback after a decent performance against Delaware State three weeks ago. Howard has won two straight, beating South Carolina State, 49-42, last weekend.

Frostburg State (7-2) vs. Salisbury State (2-6)

Site: PSINet Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM), WFRB (560 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 14-12

Outlook: While this is the 27th meeting between the two teams, this is the first as part of the Regents Cup series matching the only public Division III schools in Maryland. The Sea Gulls (2-3 Atlantic Central Football Conference) -- struggling through a three-game losing streak after a 37-3 loss to Ferrum -- can block Frostburg's efforts to win the ACFC. Frostburg State (4-1) ended a recent swoon with a 32-7 win at Greensboro last week and can lock up the ACFC title by beating Salisbury State. The Bobcats are averaging 30 points per game, and encounter a Sea Gulls team that gives up nearly 27 points and 355 yards per game.

Maryland (5-4) at No. 1 Florida State (9-0)

Time: 3: 30 p.m.

Site: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

TV: Chs. 2, 7

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

Series: Florida State leads 9-0

Line: Florida State by 33

Outlook: Bobby Bowden has won 301 games and he knows how hard it is to get a team favored by 33 points like his Seminoles (7-0 ACC) up for a team like Maryland (2-4), which has never beaten Florida State. So Bowden quickly jumped on last year's 24-10 victory over the Terps as the first tape he wanted his players to see Monday. "We were only up 16-10 in the third quarter," Bowden said. "We couldn't stop their quarterback [Randall Jones, who is now a strong safety]." Bowden also knows Maryland is going to try to run LaMont Jordan at them all day. "It's hard to beat people when you're one-dimensional," Bowden said. "A lot goes back to the quarterback [Maryland freshman Latrez Harrison]. Latrez is a young man with a lot of talent but it takes two to three years to play quarterback at this level." Maryland captain and senior left tackle Brad Messina, said, "We have to believe in Latrez. He needs just to play his game. He has a great arm. If he gets down, we have to keep him up. I believe he can step in and show good things out there." Sophomore Terps center Melvin Fowler said, "We're going to work hard and rally around Latrez. We need to make him feel comfortable."

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