Navy and Virginia are looking to add some balance to the left side of the win-loss column, while Maryland is looking for some consistency.

The Terrapins -- after a loss and a shaky victory -- will face West Virginia at 12:05 p.m. today in nearly sold-out Byrd Stadium. The Midshipmen will try to end an eight-game losing streak against Lehigh at 2 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Cavaliers will be in sold-out Scott Stadium in Charlottesville to face Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.

"You know the old saying about how sometimes it's better to be lucky than good?" Maryland Coach Joe Krivak said of his first victory, which was over Virginia. "On Saturday, it was a combination of both."

Krivak would like to see a little more good and leave a little less to luck against the Mountaineers, who are 1-1 after a loss to Ohio State and a win over Ohio University. Maryland is 1-1 and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference after beating Virginia, 21-19. The Terrapins have beaten the Mountaineers three straight -- the last West Virginia victory was by 31-21 at Byrd in 1983.

What could make things interesting -- and worrisome for the coaches -- is each team's propensity to give the ball away. West Virginia has given up six interceptions and has lost five of nine fumbles in two games. Maryland has had three passes intercepted and has lost five of eight fumbles.

"That will be a big consideration in who wins the ball game," Krivak said.

West Virginia, as Virginia did, might use two quarterbacks against the Terrapins. Redshirt freshman Major Harris, who is more of a scrambler, probably will start. Senior Mike Timko, who is more of a drop-back passer, might come in as a reliever.

"Their offense seems more geared to the running game," Krivak said of the Mountaineers. Undra Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound junior, is the leading rusher with 149 yards on 28 carries (5.3 yards per carry).

The Maryland defense, especially linebacker Kevin Walker, played reasonably well against Virginia. With one exception, it eliminated the big plays.

"The defense made some improvement," Krivak said. "They moved the ball, but we took the big plays away, except for the touchdown to {John} Ford."

West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen got a little carried away this week in describing what he perceived as a huge and ferocious Maryland defense.

"Maryland is the same kind of team they've been since I've been here -- extremely big, extremely physical," Nehlen said. "It's a different concept but they have the same monsters playing it."

Krivak raved about West Virginia outside linebacker Dale Jackson, a 6-2, 244-pound junior.

"The strength of their team is their defense," Krivak said. "They have an outstanding outside linebacker in Dale Jackson. The Ohio State tight end had trouble blocking him all day."

If Navy has trouble blocking, it could be another long afternoon for the Midshipmen in what will be the 100th game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy is 57-31-1 since the place opened Sept. 29, 1959.

Lehigh (1-0) is coming off a 47-0 victory over Davidson, while the Midshipmen lost their opener to William and Mary, 27-12. Lehigh is the second of three Division I-AA teams Navy plays this season.

"I honestly believe Lehigh is a better team in certain areas than William and Mary," Navy Coach Elliot Uzelac said.

Lehigh tailback Lee Blum had 849 yards on 217 carries last year. Last week, he rushed for 143 yards on 15 carries and had three touchdowns while playing only the first half.

The Engineers' defensive line is reportedly solid, with tackles Pete Pawlenko (6-2, 250), Mike McMahon (6-2, 260) and nose guard Don Ferrell (6-2, 240).

The Navy wishbone and quarterback John Nobers will need to be considerably more effective than they were a week ago if the Midshipmen are to end their losing streak at eight games. The last time Navy lost nine in a row was 1971, when the Midshipmen won the opener, lost nine straight and then won the finale.

"For us to win, I have to play a lot better," said Nobers.

Virginia Tech has beaten Virginia in six of the last seven games between the two teams. Last year, the Hokies won by 42-10 in Blacksburg.

"I think it's going to be a little different this year," Virginia inside linebacker David Griggs said. "I'll be surprised if it's not a close game."

Both teams are winless. Tech lost at home last week to Clemson; the Cavaliers have lost to Georgia and Maryland.

"Anytime you're 0-2 and playing a tough opponent who is a big rivalry, it looms more important," Virginia Coach George Welsh said. "It's very important because we haven't won and if we're going to improve, we have to win one of these weeks.

"I think we've improved from spring practice and preseason practice; the Georgia game helped us with that. But close doesn't count and sooner or later you have to get over the hump. It gets tougher to win as the season goes on if you don't win."

Howard doesn't have that worry. The Bison (1-0) will go for their ninth straight victory tonight when they face Bethune-Cookman (1-1) in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Wildcats, though, have beaten Howard in five of the seven games they have played.

Bowie State also has a streak, although the Bulldogs are trying to end theirs. Their 32 consecutive losses is the most in the nation and might be difficult to end against Cheyney (2-0).