Air Force vs. Navy

at Redskins Stadium

Time, TV/Radio: Noon, HTS; WMAL-630, WNAV-1430, WJFK-1300.

Air Force (3-1)

The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual competition between Air Force, Army and Navy, was stolen from Clune Arena last Friday. In its place was a note that said: "Thanks for the trophy. Go Navy!" The trophy was recovered in the room of a Navy exchange student. Air Force likely will begin its defense of the trophy behind backup QB Mike Thiessen, as starter Cale Bonds has an injured ankle. Last week against San Diego State, Thiessen replaced Bonds and ran for 138 yards in a 23-22 comeback win. The Falcons are second in the nation in rushing at 308.8 yards per game. They are allowing 122.3 yards rushing per game.

Key Stat: The Falcons have blocked 53 kicks in the '90s, two this season.

Fast Fact: Last year's 42-point win over Navy was Air Force's largest margin of victory over another service academy.

Navy (2-3)

Navy's defense has held three of its five opponents to under 100 yards rushing, but against Rice -- a team whose offense resembles Air Force's -- the Midshipmen gave up 255 on 65 attempts. But Navy comes into today's game with some momentum after a win at West Virginia last week. The Midshipmen won last week because they controlled the ball, running 85 plays to West Virginia's 58. They'll need to have a similar advantage this week. QB Brian Broadwater and RB Dre Brittingham rushed for more than 100 yards last week.

Key Stat: FS Chris Lepore leads the Midshipmen with 67 tackles, 21 more than second-place Ryan Hamilton.

Fast Fact: Last season's 49-7 loss to Air Force was Navy's worst against another service academy and the fifth time in the teams' previous 10 meetings that Navy has scored seven points or fewer.

Game of the Week

AREA

OTHER AREA GAMES

Maryland at Wake Forest

Time, TV: Noon, WUSA-9, WUTB-24.

Radio: WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WFMD-930.

Records: Terrapins 3-1, 0-1 ACC; Demon Deacons 3-1, 1-1.

Sidelights: This is the first time the teams will meet with winning records since 1988, when both were 3-2. On paper, they are similar. They feature a run-oriented offense, with the Terrapins averaging 221.3 yards per game on the ground (12th in the nation) and the Demon Deacons averaging 215.5 (14th). Maryland RB LaMont Jordan and Wake Forest RB Morgan Kane both average over 100 yards per game. The Terrapins and Deacons rank 36th and 37th in the nation, respectively, in total defense.

No. 5 Virginia Tech at Rutgers

Time, TV, Radio: 6 p.m., pay-per-view, WMJS-FM-92.7, WAGE-1200.

Records: Hokies 4-0, 0-0 Big East; Scarlet Knights 0-4, 0-1.

Sidelights: In 1997, Miami of Ohio upset the Hokies. Last season, Temple did. This season, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer is hoping Rutgers isn't the lesser team that shocks the Hokies. Thanks to Virginia Tech's defense, which leads the nation in yards allowed (176.8 per game) and Rutgers's offense, which is 87th in the country at 320 yards per game, that shouldn't be the case. Rutgers has given up one sack in its past two games, but Hokies DEs Corey Moore and John Engelberger have 11 combined.

Florida A&M at Howard

Time, TV:: Noon, WHUT-32.

Records: Rattlers 3-2, 3-0 MEAC; Bison 2-2, 1-1.

Sidelights: Florida A&M, which is ranked 15th in Division I-AA, and Howard are the MEAC's top two passing teams. Behind QB JaJuan Seider (186.3 passing yards per game) and WR Jacquay Nunnally (4 TD catches), the Rattlers are averaging 45.2 points per game, fourth in Division I-AA. Howard QB Bobby Townsend leads the MEAC in total offense (271 yards per game) and WR Elijah Thurmon is second in Division I-AA in receiving yards per game (131.8) and third in catches per game (8).

Duke at Virginia

Time, Radio: 1 p.m., WPLC-FM-94.3.

Records: Blue Devils 0-4, 0-1 ACC; Cavaliers 3-2, 2-1.

Sidelights: After last week's 31-7 loss at home to Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers will look to take out their frustrations. Virginia has averaged 35 points and 441 yards per game against Duke under Coach George Welsh, and have won nine of the teams' past 10 meetings. The Cavaliers gave up 202 yards rushing to the Hokies last week, but Duke is next-to-last in the country in rushing at 51 yards per game.

Georgetown at Marist, 1 p.m.

Randolph-Macon at Catholic, 1 p.m.

Middle Georgia at Mont.-Rockville, 1:30 p.m.

NATIONAL GAMES

No. 19 Miami at No. 1 Florida State

Time, TV, Radio: Noon, WJLA-7, WMAR-2, WXTR-820

Records: Hurricanes 2-2; Seminoles 5-0.

Sidelights: Because of a dominating defense and QB Chris Weinke, who doesn't make many mistakes, the Seminoles should be all right without suspended WR Peter Warrick and dismissed WR Laveranues Coles. Plus, FSU has a four-game winning streak over Miami and hasn't lost at home in 43 games, dating from a 17-16 loss to Miami in 1991. Speedy WRs Robert Morgan, Anquan Boldin and Talman Gardner will replace Warrick and Coles. Miami's national title dreams are over. QB Kenny Kelly started well, but now has 8 INTs and 5 TDs. Miami has been off since its second straight loss, a 27-23 defeat against East Carolina two weeks ago in which it blew a 20-point lead.

No. 3 Michigan at No. 11 Michigan State

Time, TV: Noon, pay-per-view.

Records: Wolverines 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten; Spartans 5-0, 2-0.

Sidelights: This typically charged rivalry has added meaning today. Both teams come into the game undefeated for the first time since 1961. Michigan State QB Bill Burke has completed 57 percent of his passes, and 6-foot-6 WR Plaxico Burress might be too tall for Michigan's secondary. Michigan RB Anthony Thomas has six touchdowns rushing, but the Spartans' 11th-ranked rush defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown. Michigan QB Tom Brady has a scoring pass in 10 consecutive Big Ten games.

No. 10 Georgia at No. 6 Tennessee

Time, TV, Radio: 7 p.m., ESPN, WXTR-820.

Records: Bulldogs 4-0, 2-0 SEC; Volunteers 3-1, 1-1.

Sidelights: Tennessee has dominated this rivalry lately, winning the past eight meetings. Georgia is coming off two straight one-point wins over lesser opponents and will need a better effort against the Volunteers, who shut out Auburn last week and are forcing four turnovers per game. A win for the Bulldogs would put them on a clear path to the SEC East title.

No. 17 Purdue at No. 21 Ohio State

Time, TV: 3:30, pay-per-view.

Records: Boilermakers 4-1, 1-1 Big Ten; Buckeyes 3-2, 0-1.

Sidelights: The winner keeps an outside shot at the Big Ten title; the loser will have a tough time finishing higher than fourth or fifth. Both teams did not look good in losses last week. Purdue recievers dropped pass after pass last week against Michigan, but QB Drew Brees shouldn't find as many problems against a Ohio State defense that ranks 84th in the nation and gave up 42 consecutive points to Wisconsin last week.

on tv

Noon: Penn State at Iowa (pay-per-view).

12:30 p.m.: Mississippi State at Auburn (pay-per-view).

2:30 p.m.: Arizona State at Notre Dame (WRC-4, WBAL-11).

3 p.m.: Southern Mississippi at East Carolina (HTS).

3 p.m.: UNLV at Wyoming (pay-per-view).

3:30 p.m.: North Carolina at Georgia Tech (WJLA-7, WMAR-2).

3:30 p.m.: Florida at Louisiana State (WUSA-9, WJZ-13).

3:30 p.m.: Oklahoma at Texas (pay-per-view).

3:30 p.m.: Southern Cal at Arizona (pay-per-view).

7 p.m.: California at Brigham Young (pay-per-view).

8 p.m.: Clemson at North Carolina State (ESPN2).

8 p.m.: Towson at Morgan State (WMAR-2).

10:15 p.m.: Oregon at UCLA (HTS).

on RADIO

Noon: Villanova at William & Mary (WABS-780).

1 p.m.: Randolph-Macon at Catholic (WCUA-FM-97.5).

2:30 p.m.: Arizona State at Notre Dame (WGAY-1260, WXTR-820).

OTHER GAMES

EAST

Lehigh at Dartmouth, Noon

Princeton at Brown, 1

Harvard at Cornell, 1

Yale at Holy Cross, 1

Canisius at LaSalle, 1

Northeastern at Massachusetts, 1

C.W. Post at Monmouth, 1

Morehead St. at New Haven, 1

Cent. Connecticut St. at St. Francis, Pa., 1

Boston College at Temple, 1

Albany, N.Y., at Wagner, 1

Cent. Michigan at Buffalo, 1:30

Bucknell at Columbia, 1:30

St. John's at Duquesne, 1:30

Colgate at Lafayette, 1:30

Fordham at Penn, 1:30

Stony Brook at Sacred Heart, 2

Siena at Fairfield, 4

SOUTH

W. Carolina at Georgia Southern, 1

Rhode Island at Richmond, 1

Kentucky at South Carolina, 1

Hampton at N. Carolina A&T, 1:30

Norfolk St. at S. Carolina St., 1:30

Davidson at Washington & Lee, 1:30

VMI at Wofford, 1:30

Johnson C. Smith at

Bethune-Cookman, 2

Appalachian St. at Furman, 2

Tulane at Mississippi, 2

The Citadel at Vanderbilt, 2

Prairie View at Alcorn St., 2:30

E. Illinois at Tennessee St., 2:30

Mississippi Valley St.

at Grambling St., 4

SW Texas at Nicholls St., 4:30

W. Kentucky at E. Kentucky, 7

Tenn.-Martin at Murray St., 7

Charleston Southern at Newberry, 7

Liberty at South Florida, 7

Northwestern St. at Troy St., 7

Memphis at UAB, 7

Alabama St. at Jackson St., 7:30

Alabama A&M at Southern U., 7:30

MIDWEST

Miami, Ohio, at Bowling Green, 1

Valparaiso at Butler, 2

Indiana St. at Illinois St., 2

Northwestern at Indiana, 2

Tennessee Tech at SE Missouri, 2

Elon at W. Illinois, 2

St. Mary's, Calif. at Drake, 2:30

Cal Poly-SLO at N. Iowa, 2:30

Youngstown St. at S. Illinois, 2:30

Ohio at Akron, 3

Ball St. at N. Illinois, 3

W. Michigan at E. Michigan, 6

San Diego at Dayton, 7

Kent at Toledo, 7

SOUTHWEST

Texas Tech at Oklahoma St., 2

San Jose St. at TCU, 3

Cincinnati at Houston, 3:30

Middle Tennessee at Arkansas, 7

Texas Southern at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 8

Jacksonville St. at Sam Houston St., 8

McNeese St. at Stephen F. Austin, 8

SMU at UTEP, 9

FAR WEST

Missouri at Colorado, 1:30

Weber St. at Montana St., 2:30

CS Northridge at Montana, 3

UC Davis at S. Utah, 3

N. Arizona at Idaho St., 4

Louisiana-Lafayette

at Washington St., 4

Portland St. at Sacramento St., 4

E. Washington at Boise St., 5

Arkansas St. at Utah St., 5

North Texas at Idaho, 6:30

Washington at Oregon St., 6:30

Nevada at New Mexico St., 8

Louisiana-Monroe at Utah, 8

New Mexico at San Diego St., 9

Colorado St. at Fresno St., 10

Rice at Hawaii, Midnight

Where the Top 25 Play

Team

Record

Opponent

Time

Comment

1 Florida State

5-0

vs. Miami

noon

Has 33-4 record when ranked No. 1.

2 Penn State

5-0

at Iowa

noon

WR Chafie Fields averaging 22. 4 yards per catch.

3 Michigan

5-0

at Michigan State

noon

Hasn't won four straight over Spartans since 1978-83.

4 Nebraska

5-0

vs. Iowa State

7

Faces RB Darren Davis and nation's top rushing offense.

5 Virginia Tech

4-0

at Rutgers

6

Has allowed eight second-half points this season.

6 Tennessee

3-1

vs. Georgia

7

Can't afford another loss to SEC East Division team.

7 Georgia Tech

3-1

vs. North Carolina

3:30

QB Joe Hamilton had career-best 387 yds. passing last week.

8 Florida

4-1

at Louisiana State

3:30

Averaging 504.2 yards per game, second in the nation.

9 Kansas State

4-0

vs. Kansas

2

Has won 46 straight home games against unranked teams.

10 Georgia

4-0

at Tennessee

7

Gaining 436 yards per game, but scoring 27 points per game.

11 Michigan State

5-0

vs. Michigan

noon

1-5-1 vs. Michigan at home when both teams are ranked.

12 Alabama

4-1

idle

-- Visits Mississippi next week.

13 Texas A&M

3-1

vs. Baylor

2

Fell from No. 5 after last week's loss to Texas Tech.

14 Mississippi State

5-0

at Auburn

12:30

Can get 1st 8-game win streak since '81, best start since '44.

15 Marshall

5-0

idle

-- Hosts Toledo next week.

16 East Carolina

5-0

vs. Southern Miss.

3:30

LB Pernell Griffin has 34 tackles in past two games.

17 Purdue

4-1

at Ohio State

3:30

Hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988.

18 Syracuse

5-1

idle

-- Beat Pittsburgh on Thursday; plays Va. Tech next week.

19 Miami

2-2

at Florida State

noon

Coach Butch Davis is 6-10 against ranked teams.

20 Wisconsin

3-2

at Minnesota

noon

Gave Ohio State worst home loss in 32 years last week.

21 Ohio State

3-2

vs. Purdue

3:30

Allowed 343 yards passing vs. Cincinnati; now faces Brees.

22 Southern Cal

3-1

at Arizona

3:30

RB Chad Morton has five TDs in the past two games.

23 Texas

4-2

vs. Oklahoma

3:30

2nd time in 40 years both teams are coming off a loss.

24 Brigham Young

3-1

vs. California

7

Margin Hooks on pace to break BYU season rec. yards mark.

25 Minnesota

4-0

vs. Wisconsin

noon

8-8-1 in Big Ten home openers at the Metrodome.