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Today's games


Bridgewater (0-0) at W. Maryland (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Series standing: Western Maryland leads 14-5-1

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Outlook: With most of its starters returning, Bridgewater expects more of what was Division III's second-largest turnaround last year - from an 0-10 record in '98 to 5-5. However, signs of progress may have to wait until after the team's game against Western Maryland, which has won 30 straight regular-season games. Last season, Western Maryland won, 24-0.

J.C. Smith (0-0) at Bowie State (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Series standing: J.C. Smith leads 10-5

Radio/TV: none

Outlook: Bowie State is looking to build on last year's 5-4 finish, while Johnson C. Smith hopes to rebound from a 1999 that ended at 2-9. The games have been close in the past, with the Bulldogs coming from behind to win last year's game, 23-19, on a pass from Jimmy Whitehead to Michael Bryant in the final seconds.

Towson (0-0) at Fordham (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Coffey Field, New York

Series standing: Towson leads 2-1

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: In contrast to Towson's revelatory season in 1999, Fordham went 0-11. Oddly, the most extensive glimpse of light for the Rams came at Minnegan Stadium, where it lost to Towson, 25-23, on a last-second field goal. Towson is looking for its eighth straight season-opening victory, with eight starters returning on defense and Kris Blake making his debut at starting quarterback. For the first time in three years, Fordham has the same coach (Dave Clawson).

Salisbury St. (0-0) at Newport News (0-0)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Apprentice Field, Newport News, Va.

Series standing: tied 3-3.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Outlook: Both teams hope for a fast start after combining for three wins last season. Salisbury gets a boost from the return of tailback Tony Ellis, who decided not to play in 1999 after gaining nearly 1,000 yards the year before. Newport News also counts on the running game: Sinque Holmes had 786 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Temple (0-0) at Navy (0-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Series standing: Temple leads 2-1

Radio/TV: WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM); HTS.

Outlook: The nation's defending team rushing champion opens at home without its top runner, quarterback Brian Madden, but has a wide experience edge on a very young Temple team. Madden was injured in the spring game and is probably out for the season, leaving the Navy offense in the hands of Brian Broadwater. The Midshipmen are expected to throw the ball more as a result, with Brandon Rampani as the top target.

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