today's state games

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Morgan State (3-3, 1-1 MEAC)

@Howard (1-4, 0-2 MEAC)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Greene Stadium, Washington

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears gained a season-high 450 yards in last week's win over North Carolina A&T.; Howard is coming off a loss to previously winless Winston-Salem State. Backup QB Mario Melton relieved Carlton Jackson in the second quarter of the Bears' win last week, and both players could play today. Howard has no such predicament, as QB Floyd Haiger enters the game as the top-rated passer in the MEAC, having thrown for 1,476 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Prediction: Morgan State 38, Howard 23

Johns Hopkins (4-2, 2-2 Centennial)

@Ursinus (2-3, 1-2 Centennial)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Patterson Field, Collegeville, Pa.

Outlook: The Blue Jays turned a laugher into a nail-biter last week but managed to hold on for the win, defeating Dickinson, 36-34, after being up 33-0 in the second half. Ursinus has been outscored 89-20 in its past two games, both losses. The Blue Jays continue to pile up big numbers on offense, averaging 31.8 points, second in the conference. The Bears, behind QB Nick Dye, like to spread the ball around on offense. Ursinus has won the past three meetings between the teams, but look for that streak to end today.

Prediction: Hopkins 33, Ursinus 13

Lake Erie (2-5)

@Salisbury (5-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sea Gull Stadium

Outlook: The Sea Gulls return home after a huge win over St. John Fisher in a game that took four overtimes to decide. The Storm was equally impressive in its comeback win over Apprentice. This game features contrasting offensive philosophies, as Salisbury loves to run the ball out of various formations while Lake Erie prefers the passing game. Storm RB Tony Howard keeps defenses honest with his eight touchdowns and 5.9 yards per carry. Salisbury's three running backs, Ronnie Curley, Shelby Fisher and Bryan Woolson, have combined for 21 touchdowns.

Prediction: Salisbury 40, Lake Erie 23

Frostburg State (2-3)

@Ithaca (4-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Butterfield Stadium, Ithaca, N.Y.

Outlook: The Bobcats hope their momentum from last week's come-from-behind win over Southern Virginia carries into today's game against the Bombers. Ithaca is coming off a 41-6 thrashing of Norwich. Freshman DB Rashad James could play a lot for the Bobcats, as he will likely be matched up against Ithaca's Brian Weverbergh, who leads his team with 25 catches and four touchdowns. LB George Feiser will be keying on Ithaca RB Thomas Bergerstock, who is averaging 6 yards per carry. This is the first meeting between the schools.

Prediction: Frostburg State 27, Ithaca 20

Muhlenberg (5-0)

@McDaniel (2-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium

Outlook: With no game last week, the Green Terror had an extra seven days to prepare for the Mules, who defeated Juniata, 38-7. McDaniel needs to find a way to slow Muhlenberg's offense, which has not scored fewer than 28 points in any game this season and can hurt opponents on the ground and through the air. QB Eric Santagato was nearly perfect last week, completing 19 of 21 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns, while John DeLuca ran for 116 yards and two scores. The Green Terror had won 11 straight against the Mules before last season's 43-0 loss.

Prediction: Muhlenberg 45, McDaniel 7

Bowie State (2-4, 1-3 CIAA)

@St. Paul's (4-3, 2-2 CIAA)

Time: 2 p.m.

Site: Park View High School, South Hill, Va.

Outlook: The Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing loss to Elizabeth City State in which they surrendered a 14-point fourth quarter lead and missed a potential game-winning 35-yard field goal late. The Tigers' two-game winning streak ended with a loss to Virginia State. St. Paul's defense continues to struggle with inconsistency, giving up 10 points or fewer in its four wins while allowing an average of 29 points in three losses. Bulldogs QB Jason Scott (253 yards last week) should have another big day.

Prediction: Bowie State 30, St. Paul's 17

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