Virginia at Maryland
Time, TV/Radio: Noon, WUSA-9, WUTB-24;
WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WFMD-930, WPLC-FM-94.3.
of the Week
Virginia (6-4, 4-3 ACC)
The Cavaliers are looking to join Florida State, Michigan and Nebraska as the only Division I-A teams to have won at least seven games in each of the past 13 seasons. RB Thomas Jones, the nation's rushing leader, has averaged more than 200 yards over the past five games. QB Dan Ellis played very well last week against winless Buffalo, completing 16 of 19 passes for 363 yards and six touchdowns. That moved him from 49th to 12th in Division I-A in pass efficiency. WR Kevin Coffey had four receptions -- three for TDs. In the past two weeks, the Cavaliers have had 45 points and 493 yards against Georgia Tech, 50 points and 615 yards against Buffalo. On defense, they are allowing 139 yards rushing per game this season.
Key Stat: Virginia has defeated Maryland seven consecutive times.
Fast Fact: Jones has started 33 straight games, the longest streak by a RB in school history.
Maryland (5-5, 2-5)
The Terrapins started the season 5-2 and appeared ready to cruise into a bowl game. But they have lost their past three games and need a win today just to become eligible for a bowl game. With QB Latrez Harrison not 100 percent because of a sprained ankle, RB LaMont Jordan likely will carry the load on offense. If Harrison can't play or reinjures his ankle, he will be replaced by fifth-year senior Trey Evans, who threw four interceptions last week against Florida State, or Randall Jones, who started four games at quarterback last season before being moved to safety this season. The Terrapins are allowing 128 yards rushing per game (38th in Division I-A), but they rank 88th in pass efficiency defense. Lewis Sanders has six of the team's 14 interceptions.
Key Stat: Maryland has two touchdowns in its past three games against Virginia.
Fast Fact: Jordan and Jones can become the first pair of ACC players since 1984 to finish in the top 10 nationally in rushing.
OTHER AREA GAMES
No. 2 Virginia Tech at Temple
Time, TV, Radio: Noon, ESPN2, WMJS-FM-92.7, WAGE-1200.
Records: Hokies 9-0, 5-0 Big East; Owls 2-7, 2-3.
Data: After playing before one of the most raucous crowds in school history last week in a win at home over Miami, the Hokies will play before a small crowd at 66,592-seat Veterans Stadium. The Owls upset Virginia Tech last season, but don't expect the same to happen this season. The Hokies can clinch at least a share of the Big East championship with a win. They need a big victory to maintain their position in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, since their strength-of-schedule ranking probably will drop after this game.
Navy at Hawaii
Time, TV, Radio: 11 p.m., HTS, WMAL-630, WNAV-1430, WJFK-1300.
Records: Midshipmen 4-6; Rainbows 7-3.
Data: Navy must overcome jet lag and a resurgent Hawaii team. Still, Navy might have the edge. Two of the Rainbows' losses this season are to Texas Christian and Rice -- teams that emphasize the option, and Navy ranks third in the nation at 283.9 rushing yards per game. Plus, the Rainbows have injury problems, with starting S Phil Austin and DT Matt Elam out. Hawaii, which was 0-12 last season, will set the Division I record for single-season improvement with a win.
Howard at Delaware State
Records: Bison 5-5, 4-3 MEAC; Hornets 3-7, 3-4.
Data: Both teams rely heavily on the pass. Howard QB Bobby Townsend set school records last week against Morgan State with 71 passing attempts and 555 yards of total offense. WR Elijah Thurmon has 76 catches for 1,253 yards. Delaware State QB Rahsaan Matthews has thrown for 1,761 yards and likes to spread the ball around. WRs Albert Horsey and Tommie Mims have 32 and 34 catches, respectively. Delaware State leads the MEAC in kickoff returns. Deshane Dennis is 15th in Division I-AA and first in the MEAC, averaging 25.8 yards per return.
Catholic at Western Maryland in NCAA Division III playoffs
Records: Cardinals 9-1; Green Terror 10-0.
Data: A first-round game between teams that are making their third consecutive playoff appearances, but are 0-2 in the playoffs. Both finished the season ranked among the top 10 teams in Division III (Western Maryland was No. 6, Catholic No. 10) but they were paired mainly for geographic reasons. The Cardinals qualified by winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. QB Derek McGee has thrown for 2,397 yards and 23 TDs, with only six interceptions. RB Andrew Notarfrancesco averages 127.1 yards rushing per game and has scored 19 touchdowns this season. The Green Terror has won 30 consecutive regular season games and finished ninth in Division III this season in total defense, allowing 232 yards per game, and second in scoring defense, allowing 7.7 points per game. QB Ron Sermarini averaged 292 yards of total offense. Today's winner faces second-ranked Trinity (Tex.) in the second round.
LaSalle at Georgetown, noon.
No. 1 Florida State at No. 3 Florida
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13.
Records: Seminoles 10-0; Gators 9-1.
Data: If Florida State wins, it will play for the national title in the Sugar Bowl. If Florida wins, the title race could get muddled (for example, even if the Gators beat Florida State, they still might need to win the SEC title game to reach the Sugar Bowl). Seminoles WR Peter Warrick is averaging 112 receiving yards per game since returning from his suspension. Florida might use Jesse Palmer and Doug Johnson at quarterback because it totaled 33 points against its past two opponents, Vanderbilt (5-5) and South Carolina (0-10).
Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan
Time, TV: Noon, WJLA-7, WMAR-2.
Records: Buckeyes 6-5, 3-4 Big Ten; Wolverines 8-2, 5-2.
Data: Since Ohio State is playing 12 regular season games, it needs one more win to avoid missing a bowl for the first time since 1988, Coach John Cooper's first season at the school. The Buckeyes also have not lost three straight games since 1988. Michigan QB Tom Brady almost single-handedly rallied the Wolverines to a victory last week against Penn State, engineering two late scoring drives. Michigan needs to win to have any shot at a Bowl Championship Series game. Cooper-coached Ohio State teams are 2-7-1 against Michigan, 0-5 at Michigan.
No. 8 Alabama at Auburn
Time, TV: 7:30 p.m., ESPN.
Records: Crimson Tide 8-2, 6-1; Tigers 5-5, 2-5.
Data: The South's greatest rivalry has been close recently, with four of the past five meetings decided by seven points or less. Alabama will clinch the SEC West title and a spot in the conference championship game against Florida with a win. Alabama hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in its past three games, but Auburn won't be running the ball much. QB Ben Leard set an Auburn record last week with 416 yards passing against Georgia. The SEC could have an NCAA-record nine bowl-eligible teams if Auburn can pull off the upset.
Noon: Purdue at Indiana (ESPN).
Noon: Minnesota at Iowa (pay-per-view).
Noon: Duke at North Carolina (pay-per-view).
12:30 p.m.: Tennessee at Kentucky (pay-per-view).
2:30 p.m.: Boston College at Notre Dame (WRC-4, WBAL-11).
3 p.m.: Utah at Brigham Young (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: UCLA at Southern Cal (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: Washington at Washington State (pay-per-view).
6 p.m.: Georgia at Mississippi (ESPN2).
7 p.m.: Alcorn State at Jackson State (BET).
9 p.m.: Mississippi State at Arkansas (ESPN2).
Noon: James Madison at Hofstra (WDCT-1310).
1 p.m.: William & Mary at Richmond (WABS-780).
2 p.m.: Missouri at Kansas State (WXTR-820).
2:30 p.m.: Boston College at Notre Dame (WGAY-1260).
Canisius at Duquesne, noon
Maine at New Hampshire, noon
Northeastern at Rhode Island, noon
Columbia at Brown, 12:30
Princeton at Dartmouth, 12:30
Bucknell at Fordham, 12:30
Colgate at Holy Cross, 12:30
Lafayette at Lehigh, 12:30
Connecticut at Massachusetts, 12:30
Cornell at Penn, 12:30
Harvard at Yale, 12:30
Houston at Army, 1
Siena at Marist, 1
Fairfield at St. Peter's, 1
Delaware at Villanova, 1
Stony Brook at Robert Morris, 1:30
Furman at Chattanooga, noon
Rutgers at Miami, noon
Valparaiso at Austin Peay, 1
Bowling Green at Cent. Florida, 1
Charleston Southern at Jacksonville, 1
Hampton at Morgan State, 1
North Carolina A&T vs. S.C. State in Charlotte, 1
Clemson at South Carolina, 1
Appalachian St. at Liberty, 1:30
E. Illinois at E. Kentucky, 2
Alcorn St. at Jackson St., 2
Tennessee Tech at Samford, 2
Jacksonville St. at Troy St., 2
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M, 2:30
Kentucky Wesleyan at Murray St., 2:30
Stephen F. Austin at Northwestern St., 3
Wofford at Louisiana-Lafayette, 5
UAB at Tulane, 6
ETSU at Middle Tennessee, 7
McNeese St. at Nicholls St., 7:30
Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M in Orlando, 8
Northwestern at Illinois, noon
Cent. Michigan at Ball St., 1
Buffalo at Miami, Ohio, 1
W. Michigan at Toledo, 1
W. Kentucky at S. Illinois, 1:30
Iowa St. at Kansas, 2
Indiana St. at SW Missouri St., 2
Drake at W. Illinois, 2
E. Michigan at N. Illinois, 3
Memphis at Cincinnati, 3:30
Tennessee St. at SE Missouri, 4
Southwest St., Minn., at N. Iowa, 7:30
Oklahoma St. at Baylor, 2
Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 2
Sam Houston St. at SW Texas, 3
UTEP at TCU, 3
SMU at Tulsa, 3
Norfolk St. at Texas Southern, 8
Montana at Montana St., 2
New Mexico at Wyoming, 2
Utah St. at Nevada, 3
California at Stanford, 3:30
Sacramento St. at Cal Poly-SLO, 4
North Texas at New Mexico St., 4
Oregon St. at Oregon, 4
San Diego St. at UNLV, 4
Boise St. at Idaho, 5
N. Arizona at CS Northridge, 6
San Jose St. at Fresno St., 6:30
Where the Top 25 Play
1 Florida State
at No. 3 Florida
DT Corey Simon leads team with 19 tackles for loss.
2 Virginia Tech
Hokies were upset by the Owls last season.
vs. No. 1 Florida State
57-3 at home under Spurrier, including 3-1 vs. FSU.
Visits Colorado on Friday.
Regular season complete -- Awaiting Rose Bowl opponent.
Visits No. 24 Texas A&M on Friday.
Hasn't lost to Wildcats since 17-12 defeat in 1984.
Has nine interceptions in past three games.
9 Kansas State
Has 51 straight home wins against unranked opponents.
vs. Ohio State
WR-CB David Terrell has 59 catches, 873 yards, 1 INT.
Hosts Ohio University on Friday.
12 Miss. State
at No. 22 Arkansas
Hasn't had nine wins in season since 1980.
13 Penn State
at No. 15 Michigan State
RB Eric McCoo had 206 yards rushing in last year's game.
14 Georgia Tech
at Wake Forest
WR Dez White averaging 20.3 yards per reception.
15 Michigan State
vs. No. 13 Penn State
Seeking to go unbeaten at home for first time since 1966.
vs. No. 21 Georgia
Highest ranking since ending 1992 season at No. 16.
Last won eight games in regular season in 1967.
18 Southern Miss.
Winner goes to Liberty Bowl as Conference USA champion.
Visiting team has won seven of teams' past nine meetings.
WR Chris Daniels has Big Ten-record 108 catches.
at No. 16 Mississippi
Allowing 81.3 rushing yards per game, eighth nationally.
vs. No 12 Miss. State
Last-second loss to Bulldogs in '98 cost SEC West title.
23 East Carolina
vs. N.C. State
Teams' 22nd meeting, but first in Greenville.
24 Texas A&M
Hosts No. 6 Texas on Friday.
25 Boston College
at Notre Dame
Can eliminate Irish from bowl contention.