Virginia at BYU
Time, TV/Radio: 9 p.m., ESPN2; WPLC-FM-94.3
Game of the Week
Cougar Stadium, at 4,553 feet above sea level and home to a BYU team that has won eight straight there, will be a difficult place for the Cavaliers, who are 9-41-1 all-time in road games against ranked opponents (8-14-1, but victorious in their past two under Coach George Welsh). They must look to RB Thomas Jones, who has scored five touchdowns and is averaging 136.7 yards rushing, and WR Kevin Coffey, who has caught all three of QB Dan Ellis's touchdown passes. Graduations and injuries have forced Welsh to shuffle an inconsistent and largely inexperienced defense. Byron Thweatt, the only returning starter at linebacker, has gotten off to a slow start, but MLB Yubrenal Isabelle, replacing current Cleveland Brown Wali Rainer, leads the team with 27 tackles. Four defensive backs have made their first career starts this season. The Cavaliers' five interceptions have been made by freshman defensive backs, but Clemson racked up a school-record 343 yards passing two weeks ago.
Key Stat: Five of Virginia's seven turnovers have resulted in points for the opposition.
Fast Fact: This will be only the 11th time in Virginia's 1,072 games the Cavaliers have played west of the Mississippi River.
No. 17 Brigham Young (2-0)
A new shotgun offense has continued the Cougars' pass-happy tradition. QB Kevin Feterik leads the nation in total offense (392.5 yards per game), has completed 69.8 percent of his passes and thrown for five touchdowns against one interception. His favorite target is WR Margin Hooks, who averages 6.5 receptions and 106 yards per game, though Feterik already has completed passes to 14 receivers. The running game averages only 89 yards per game, but freshman RB Luke Staley has five rushing touchdowns. BYU already has seven scoring drives of 80 yards or more, including four of 85 yards or more. The defense has allowed just 110 yards rushing and has made three interceptions, all in its last game, a 34-13 win over then-No. 24 Colorado State.
Key Stat: LaVell Edwards (245-91-3
in 28 seasons, all at BYU) and Virginia's George Welsh (178-122-4 in 27
seasons) are third and seventh,
respectively, in career victories by
Fast Fact: BYU's team features four sets of brothers. In addition, WR Chris Hale is the son of Athletic Director Hal Hale, and OL Corey Ramage is the son of assistant coach Tom Ramage.
OTHER AREA GAMES
Navy at Rice
Time: 8 p.m.
Radio: WMAL-630, WJFK-1300, WNAV-1430
Records: Midshipmen 1-2, Owls 0-3.
Sidelights: The Owls finally return home -- one of only four home games this season -- after visiting teams with a combined record of 8-2 (Houston, Michigan and Texas). They pushed the Longhorns last week before losing, 18-13. Now for the bad news about the Owls: they rank 71st nationally in scoring defense (27.7 points per game), 108th in total offense (207.3 yards per game), 111th in scoring offense (6.3 ppg) and 114th -- last -- in passing offense (36.3 ypg) and turnover margin (minus-2.67 per game). Which Navy defense shows up -- the one that held Boston College to 98 yards rushing, or the one that allowed 341 yards rushing to Georgia Tech -- could decide the game.
Texas Southern at Howard
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: Tigers 2-1, Bison 1-2.
Sidelights: Revenge must be on the Bison's minds. Texas Southern routed Howard, 30-7, in Houston last year behind 470 yards rushing. Howard's offense has shown more balance this season than in the past, but passing is still the mainstay. The Tigers hope to run wild again -- they average only 169.3 yards rushing, 75.7 passing -- behind RBs Waymon Steed and Ray Rubins. All-American Joey Jamison is averaging 34.2 yards per kickoff return (seventh in Division I-AA) and better than 13 yards per punt return.
St. John's at Georgetown, noon
Livingstone at Bowie State, 1
Mont.-Rockville at Frostburg State JV, Sunday, 1:30
No. 4 Michigan at No. 20 Wisconsin
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WJLA-7.
Records: Wolverines 3-0; Badgers 2-1.
Sidelights: This weekend's only meeting between top 25 teams matches two solid defenses and four not-so-great quarterbacks (two for each team). Tom Brady will start at QB for the Wolverines, who rank 75th in the nation in total offense, but backup Drew Henson played the final three quarters of a harrowing 18-13 victory at Syracuse last Saturday. Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne's 231 yards rushing last week would have helped his Heisman Trophy chances, but the Badgers suffered a mega-upset loss to Cincinnati in which Dayne lost a fumble into the Bearcats' end zone. Scott Kavanaugh and Brooks Bollinger share quarterback duties for the Badgers, but with a passing offense that ranks 95th in Division I-A, those duties largely entail handing off to Dayne and getting out of the way.
No. 14 Arkansas at Alabama
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Records: Razorbacks 2-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference; Crimson Tide 2-1, 1-0 SEC.
Sidelights: The Crimson Tide should be well-motivated. They were shocked at home by Louisiana Tech, 29-28, last week, and lost to the Razorbacks, 42-6, last season -- Alabama's worst loss since 1957. But with Tuesday's resignation of Athletic Director Bob Bockrath and continuing controversy swirling around Coach Mike DuBose, will the Tide have any focus? RB Shaun Alexander is averaging 227 all-purpose yards and has scored nine of Alabama's 12 touchdowns. Arkansas WR Anthony Lucas, averaging 33.1 yards on eight catches, is one of the best in the nation, and QB Clint Stoerner should be back to get him the ball after separating his throwing shoulder last week.
Colorado at Washington
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., pay-per-view.
Records: Buffaloes 2-1, Huskies 0-2.
Sidelights: To say Washington Coach Rick Neuheisel needs a win is an
understatement. After their first two games under Neuheisel, the Huskies are off
to the program's worst start since 1985, having surrended 501 yards passing
against Brigham Young, then 275 yards rushing to Air Force. Now they face the Colorado team Neuheisel left after last season. The Buffaloes didn't debut auspiciously under their new coach, Gary Barnett, but have rebounded from a 41-14 pounding by Colorado State with 114 points in their past two games. A defense which has allowed 338.3 yards per game has been offset by an offense averaging 527.3 yards, fifth-best in the country.
Noon: North Carolina State at Wake Forest (WUSA-9).
Noon: Indiana at Penn State (ESPN).
Noon: Northwestern at Purdue (ESPN2).
Noon: Boston College at Rutgers (pay-per-view).
Noon: Cincinnati at Ohio State (pay-per-view).
12:30 p.m.: Mississippi at Auburn (pay-per-view).
3 p.m.: Wyoming at Air Force (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: West Virginia at Syracuse (WUSA-9, WJZ-13).
3:30 p.m.: Florida State at North Carolina (WMAR-2, pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: Oklahoma at Louisville (HTS).
3:30 p.m.: Southern Mississippi at Texas A&M (pay-per-view).
6 p.m.: Miami vs. East Carolina (ESPN2).
7 p.m.: Nebraska at Missouri (HTS).
7:30 p.m.: Florida at Kentucky (ESPN).
10:30 p.m.: Southern California at Oregon (HTS).
Noon: William & Mary at Northeastern (WABS-780).
6 p.m.: Delaware at James Madison (WDCT-1310).
Colgate at Dartmouth, noon
Cal Poly-SLO at Hofstra, noon
Morgan St. at URI, noon
Delaware St. at
Monmouth, N.J. at Stony Brook, 12:30
Ball St. at Army, 1
Lafayette at Brown, 1
Robert Morris at Cent. Connecticut St., 1
Fordham at Cornell, 1
Harvard at Holy Cross, 1
Sacred Heart at Iona, 1
Connecticut at Maine, 1
Duquesne at Marist, 1
St. Francis, Pa. at Wagner, 1
Valparaiso at Yale, 1
Fairfield at Canisius, 1:30
Towson at Columbia, 1:30
Villanova at Penn, 5
Lehigh at Princeton, 7
St. Peter's at Siena, 7:30
Davidson at Emory & Henry, 1
Chattanooga at Georgia Southern, 1
New Hampshire at Richmond, 1
Austin Peay at Campbellsville, 1:30
Charleston Southern at Wofford, 1:30
N. Carolina A&T at Elon, 2
Morris Brown at Bethune-Cookman, 4
Florida A&M at South Carolina St., 4
Grambling St. at Hampton, 5
Nicholls St. at Jacksonville St., 5
W. Carolina at East Tennessee, 6
Appalachian St. at Citadel, 7
Vanderbilt at Duke, 7
VMI at Furman, 7
South Carolina at Miss. St., 7
Dayton at Morehead St., 7
E. Kentucky at Samford, 7
South Florida at Troy St., 7
Houston at UAB, 7
Prairie View at Ala. A&M, 7:30
Miss. Valley St. at Jackson St., 7:30
Fayetteville St. at Liberty, 7:30
Southern U. at Alabama St., 8
Middle Tennessee at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8
Northwestern St. at Louisiana-Monroe, 8
SE Missouri at W. Kentucky, 8
Miami, Ohio at Central Michigan, 1
Wesley at Butler, 2
Quincy at Drake, 2:30
Tenn.-Martin at E. Illinois, 2:30
Akron at E. Michigan, 6
Bowling Green at Kent, 6
San Diego St. at Kansas, 7
Buffalo at Ohio, 7
Massachusetts at Toledo, 7
W. Illinois at Youngstown St., 7
W. Michigan at N. Illinois, 7:30
S. Illinois at N. Iowa, 7:30
Illinois St. at SW Missouri St., 8
Hawaii at SMU, 3
TCU at Arkansas St., 7
Alcorn St. at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 8
N. Arizona at SW Texas St., 8
Sam Houston St. at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 8
New Mexico St. at UTEP, 9
Weber St. at Montana, 3
Fresno St. at Nevada, 4
Arizona at Washington St., 4
Arizona St. at California, 5:30
Portland St. at Idaho St., 8:30
New Mexico at Boise St., 9
CS Northridge at E. Washington, 9
Montana St. at Sacramento St., 9
Tulsa at San Jose St., 9
Utah at UNLV, 10
Where the Top 25 Play
1 Florida State
at North Carolina
First I-A program to win 100 games this decade (100-13-1).
2 Penn State
DE Courtney Brown has school-record 50 tackles for losses.
Leading WR Travis Taylor out 3-4 weeks with sprained ankle.
Wolverines have won 17 consecutive Big Ten openers.
5 Texas A&M
vs. Southern Mississippi
Eagles gave Nebraska fits last week before losing, 20-13.
Teams' past two meetings decided by 14 points, one in OT.
Touchdown drives average 4.8 plays, 1 minute 41 seconds.
8 Virginia Tech
idle -- Beat Clemson, 31-11, Thursday night; at U-Va. next week.
vs. East Carolina
Flooding in Greenville, N.C., sent today's game to Raleigh.
10 Georgia Tech
-- Hosts Maryland on Thursday night.
vs. Central Florida
Freshman WR Terrance Edwards has 17 catches, 286 yards.
12 Ohio State
1st meeting since 1931; Bearcats upset Wisconsin last week.
Nine-game winning streak is longest since 1966-67.
First in nation in scoring defense (3 points per game).
15 Kansas State
at Iowa State
Facing nation's No. 2 rusher, Darren Davis (185 ypg).
16 Southern Cal
Four current Trojans' fathers won national titles at USC.
17 Brigham Young
Cougars have not been shut out in NCAA-record 302 games.
Cory Paus is injured, so Drew Bennett returns as starting QB.
19 Michigan State
S Aric Morris already has 38 tackles.
Badgers are 12-1 when RB Ron Dayne has 30 carries.
First regular season top 25 ranking in school history.
Longhorns have scored 31 points off 10 turnovers.
23 Mississippi State
vs. South Carolina
Bulldogs are going for first 4-0 start since 1965.
24 Air Force
Eleven-game winning streak is nation's longest.
25 N.C. State
at Wake Forest
Wolfpack last in ACC in total offense (239.3 yards per game).