WEST VIRGINIA AT MARYLAND
Time, TV: Noon, ESPN2.
Radio: WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WFMD-930.
West Virginia (1-1)
West Virginia's inexperienced running backs and offensive line looked good last week in a 43-27 victory over Miami (Ohio). The team rushed for 218 yards, led by Avon Cobourn's 142 yards on 18 carries. But defense remains a big problem for the Mountaineers, who gave up 545 yards to the RedHawks because of spotty coverage in the secondary and poor tackling. LB Chris Edmonds had 14 tackles and three sacks, but West Virginia surrendered touchdown passes of 55, 62 and 81 yards. Also, Miami running back Travis Prentice had 250 yards of total offense. QB Marc Bulger played poorly during the first half before waking up to pass for 235 yards and three touchdowns.
Key Stat: The Mountaineers have forced seven turnovers this season, which they have converted into 24 points.
Fast Fact: West Virginia has blocked a kick or a punt in five straight games.
Although the Terrapins have not faced a challenging opponent this season, QB Calvin McCall and RB LaMont Jordan must be eager to face West Virginia's porous defense. McCall runs the option much like East Carolina quarterback David Garrard, who burned the Mountaineers for 105 yards passing and 95 yards rushing in West Virginia's opening-week loss to the Pirates. Jordan rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns last week against Western Carolina. He will try to make up for his nine-carry, one-yard rushing performance last year in Morgantown, where Maryland lost, 42-20, after falling behind 42-3. The defense, which ranks 18th in the nation, faces its first challenge, as QB Marc Bulger and Co. have the type of skill the Terrapins haven't faced yet. CB Lewis Sanders has an interception in both games this season and returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week.
Key Stat: The Terrapins are one of four teams in the country with two wins and fewer than 10 points allowed.
Fast Fact: Each of the last three times Maryland has started 3-0 (1980, 1986, 1995) the third win was against West Virginia.
Other Area Games
Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC) at Virginia (1-1, 0-1).
Time, TV: 7, ESPN2.
Sidelights: Virginia is coming off a 33-14 loss at Clemson that dropped it from the national rankings. DBs Dwayne Stukes and Antwan Harris may not return from injuries, which would leave intact the inexperienced secondary that gave up 342 passing yards to the Tigers. But Wake Forest doesn't appear to be much of a passing team. RB Morgan Kane rushed for a career-high 211 yards last week against Army, and the team rushed for 320 yards, its best single-game total since 1993. Virginia will need to decrease its sloppy penalties, as five offside penalties, including one that gave Clemson the ball back after a missed field goal, badly hurt.
Boston College (1-0) at Navy (1-1)
Time, TV: Noon, HTS.
Radio: WMAL-630, WNAV-1430, WJFK-1300.
Sidelights: Based on Navy QB Brian Broadwater's performance last week against Kent, Boston College might want to think twice about concentrating only on the Midshipmen's potent option game. Broadwater completed 14 of 18 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown an rushed for another 137 yards on 24 carries. But the Eagles will be much quicker on defense than the Flashes were, and Broadwater will have less time to make decisions. Boston College also is looking to balance its offense after rushing for 350 yards and passing for 101 against Baylor two weeks ago. RB Cedric Washington had 177 of those rushing yards. To add some speed to the passing game, the Eagles have moved DuJuan Daniels from cornerback to wide receiver, the position he played in high school.
Howard (0-2, 0-1 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman (2-0, 1-0) in Cincinnati
Sidelights: The Bison are doing a lot of things right, but haven't been able to put together a complete game. That could change if QB Bobby Townsend and WR Elijah Thurmond create some big plays. Townsend leads the MEAC in total offense, and Thurmond leads the conference in receptions, although he doesn't have a touchdown. Bethune-Cookman gave up 242 yards passing to Morgan State last week. The Wildcats have almost 20 more rushing attempts than any other MEAC team, but QB Pa'tell Troutman has been hindered by a severely bruised left thigh and hasn't practiced all week. He should start, but he might not at top speed, thus hindering the Wildcats' potent wishbone attack.
Siena at Georgetown, noon
Catholic at Newport News Apprentice, 1
Bowie State at Johnson C. Smith, 6
Towson JV at Mont.-Rockville, Sunday, 1:30
No. 2 Tennessee at No. 4 Florida
Time, TV: 8 p.m., WUSA-9, WZJ-13.
Records: Volunteers 1-0, 0-0 SEC; Gators 2-0, 0-0.
Sidelights: Hurricane Floyd actually may have assisted the Gators. Since the school was closed Wednesday, the team didn't have to abide by NCAA rules that limit practice time. They got to practice longer than usual and have more meetings. But the Volunteers have the confidence that comes with winning a national championship. They also broke a six-game losing streak to the Gators last season. Tennessee likely will use a man-to-man defense against the Gators, something QB Doug Johnson and his speedy wide receivers haven't seen yet. CBs Dwayne Goodrich and Deon Grant both made interceptions in Tennessee's opener. If the defense can keep Florida under control, then Tennessee will display a patient running game, paced by RB Jamal Lewis. But if the Gators score early, QB Tee Martin will be forced to pass, most often to WR Cedrick Wilson, who had 183 yards in the Volunteers' season-opening win over Wyoming.
No. 3 Penn State at No. 8 Miami
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13.
Records: Nittany Lions 3-0; Hurricanes 2-0.
Sidelights: The key word in this game is "swagger." Penn State had a lot of it after its opening-week pasting of Arizona, but it has since diminished after a so-so performance last week in a 20-17 victory over Pittsburgh, whose potentially tying field goal in the final seconds was blocked. Miami would like to think it is the nation's best team, but it needs a win here for that to be the case. A great matchup will be Miami WR Santana Moss (94 yards receiving per game) against Penn State CB David Macklin, who madesix interceptions last year. The Nittany Lions rushed for just 65 rushing yards last week against Pittsburgh and will need to develop a better ground game. It won't help that RB Cordell Mitchell will miss the game with a thigh contusion. Penn State's LaVar Arrington and Miami's Dan Morgan might be the two best linebackers in the country. Watch for the Hurricanes to try to bait Arrington into more personal foul penalties, like the two he committed on the same play last week. Watch for Penn State to try to find ways to confuse redshirt sophomore QB Kenny Kelly.
No. 20 North Carolina State at No. 1 Florida State
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2.
Records: Wolfpack 3-0, 0-0 ACC; Seminoles 2-0, 1-0.
Sidelights: Now that the Seminoles have survived Georgia Tech, they will look to gain revenge against the Wolfpack, who last season became just the second ACC to beat them, scoring a 24-7 victory in Raleigh, N.C., as QB Chris Weinke threw six interceptions. But he has been almost perfect since then, and this will the first time this year he will have a full, healthy group of wide receivers. N.C. State hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown in 10 quarters, but it hasn't faced an offense like Florida State's. The Wolfpack are worried about protecting QB Jamie Barnette from Florida State's speedy defensive line. A particularly worrisome matchup is freshman C Derek Green against all-American lineman Corey Simon.
No. 6 Michigan at Syracuse
Time, TV: 8 p.m.
Records: Wolverines 2-0; Orangemen 2-0.
Sidelights: The Wolverines lost to the Orangemen, 38-28, last season at Michigan Stadium. Michigan would like to return the favor in a sure-to-be raucous Carrier Dome. Both teams feature two-quarterback systems, with Syracuse possibly using three. Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr will start Tom Brady, but use Drew Henson late in the first quarter or early in the second. Syracuse's combination of starter Troy Nunes and Madei Williams has been quite effective, as neither has thrown an interception. They will both look to take advantage of Michigan's young secondary. The Wolverines have beaten two option teams this season, Rice and Notre Dame, but the Orangemen's option offense is more complex, with a variety of trick plays thrown in.
Where the Top 25 Play
1 Florida State
vs. N.C. State
RB Travis Minor has 100 yards rushing in 4 of past 6 games.
School-record 13 sacks in season opener vs. Wyoming.
3 Penn State
Last win over 'Canes was for 1986 national title (0-2 since).
vs. Southern Miss.
Eric Crouch will start at QB, Bobby Newcombe at WR.
Has won 10 of past 13 meetings, including 5 of past 6.
9-4 all-time at indoor stadiums.
7 Texas A&M
PK Terence Kitchens has two FGs longer than 50 yards.
vs. Penn State
Fifth in the nation in total defense (144 ypg).
String of easy games ends next week vs. Michigan.
10 Virginia Tech
Hosts Clemson on Thursday night.
Hosts Central Florida next week.
12 Georgia Tech
vs. Central Florida
Averaging 42 points and 494 yards per game.
13 Ohio State
9-0 against teams from MAC; last faced Bobcats in 1902.
vs. Central Michigan
Hasn't won first three games since 1969.
WR Anthony Lucas 189 receiving yards from school record.
16 Kansas State
vs. Texas-El Paso
Held Temple to six first downs and 82 yards last week.
17 Southern Cal
vs. San Diego State
Aztecs haven't won nonconference road game since 1981.
vs. Louisiana Tech
Has scored on 8 of 10 trips inside the 20 this season.
Seven starters who were out last week return from injury.
20 N.C. State
at Florida State
Hasn't given up a touchdown in 10 quarters.
vs. Fresno State
Eleven players suspended for first two games return.
22 Arizona State
vs. New Mexico State
QB Ryan Kealy uncertain to play because of knee injury.
23 Colorado State
Lost to No. 25 BYU, 34-13, Thursday night.
24 Notre Dame
vs. Michigan State
Has lost 4 of past 5 games, dating from last season.
Hosts Virginia next weekend.
Noon: Northwestern at Duke (WUSA-9).
Noon: Kentucky at Indiana (ESPN).
Noon: Central Michigan at Purdue (pay-per-view).
Noon: Kent at Pittsburgh (pay-per-view).
12:30 p.m.: Vanderbilt at Mississippi (pay-per-view).
2:30 p.m.: Michigan State at Notre Dame (WRC-4, WBAL-11).
3:30 p.m.: Wisconsin at Cincinnati (HTS).
3:30 p.m.: Ohio at Ohio State (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: Kansas at Colorado (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: San Diego State at Southern California (pay-per-view).
5 p.m.: Auburn at LSU (ESPN).
6 p.m.: Northern Illinois at Iowa (pay-per-view).
6:30 p.m.: Air Force at Washington (HTS).
Noon: James Madison at New Hampshire (WDCT-1310).
1 p.m.: Furman at William & Mary (WABS-780).
2:30 p.m.: Michigan State at Notre Dame (WGAY-1260).
Hofstra at Rhode Island, Noon
Towson at Bucknell, 12:30
West Chester at Delaware, 1
Duquesne at Fairfield, 1
Colgate at Fordham, 1
Columbia at Harvard, 1
Lafayette at Holy Cross, 1
Iona at La Salle, 1
Monmouth at Lehigh, 1
Cornell at Princeton, 1
Butler at St. Francis (Pa.), 1
Marist at St. John's (N.Y.), 1
Canisius at St. Peter's, 1
Sacred Heart at Wagner, 1
Brown at Yale, 1
Buffalo at Connecticut, 1:30
Dartmouth at Penn, 1:30
Rowan at Albany (N.Y.), 6
Richmond at Maine, 7
Norfolk St. at Delaware St., 1
Chowan at Jacksonville, 1
E. Tennessee State at VMI, 1
W. Virginia St. at
Charleston Southern, 1:30
Sewanee at Davidson, 1:30
S. Carolina St. at
Morgan St., 1:30
North Alabama at Elon, 2
W. Illinois vs. Nicholls St., 3
Savannah St. at
Samford at Tenn.-Martin, 4
Florida A&M vs.
Tennessee St., 4
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Hampton, 5
Wofford at Middle Tennessee, 5
Army at Tulane, 6
Citadel at W. Carolina, 6
Indiana St. at E. Kentucky, 7
Union, Tenn. at
Jacksonville St., 7
Illinois at Louisville, 7
Bowling Green at Marshall, 7
Oklahoma St. at
Mississippi St., 7
SE Missouri at Murray St., 7
Tarleton St. at
Northwestern St., 7
East Carolina at
South Carolina, 7
Grambling St. at
Jackson St., 7:30
Prairie View at
Southern U., 7:30
Troy St. at Alabama St., 8
Alabama A&M at MVSU, 8
S. Utah at McNeese St., 8
Arkansas St. at Memphis, 8
Liberty at Tennessee Tech, 8
South Florida at W. Kentucky, 8
Robert Morris at Valparaiso, 1
Toledo at Ball St., 2
E. Michigan at Miami, Ohio, 2
Wis.-Stevens Pt. at Drake, 2:30
Illinois St. at Minnesota, 2:30
Temple at Akron, 3
Austin Peay at Dayton, 7
S. Illinois at E. Illinois, 7
UTEP at Kansas St., 7
Indiana, Pa., at
Youngstown St., 7
W. Michigan at Missouri, 7:30
Cent. Washington at
N. Iowa, 7:30
Henderson St. at
SW Missouri St., 8
Rice at Texas, Noon
Baylor at Oklahoma, 12:30
North Texas at Texas Tech, 7
SW Texas St. at
Stephen F. Austin, 8
Lane at Texas Southern, 8
Idaho at Washington St., 4
Nevada at Oregon, 5
Georgia Southern at
Oregon St., 6:30
N. Arizona at New Mexico, 8
Utah St. at Utah, 8
Idaho St. at Weber St., 8
Montana St. at Cal Poly-SLO, 9
UC Davis at Sacramento St., 9
St. Mary's, Calif. at
San Jose St., 9
N. Mexico St. at Arizona St., 10
Cal Lutheran at San Diego, 10
Iowa St. at UNLV, 10
E. Washington at
Portland St., 10:30
Boise St. at Hawaii, Midnight