Northeastern at Navy
Polanco's Hot Start: Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco threw for a career-high 129 yards and a touchdown on 8-for-9 passing, and ran for 130 yards and another score in last week's 27-12 win over Duke. Polanco became the 13th Navy quarterback to run for 100 yards or more in a game, and he and senior fullback Kyle Eckel became the 25th Midshipmen duo to run for 100 yards or more in the same game.
Welcome Back: The Midshipmen expect to have back starting tackle Casey Hughes and wide receiver Amir Jenkins; both missed the Duke game because of injuries. Senior Sam Brown will continue as the starting right tackle, but Hughes is expected to play. Jenkins should step right into the receiver rotation, after catching 14 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown in 2003.
High-Scoring Huskies: Division I-AA Northeastern bombed Division II foe Cheyney (Pa.) State, 71-0, in last week's opener. The Huskies led 41-0 at halftime and 64-0 at the end of three quarters. Northeastern scored 30 points in the second half without throwing a pass, and the Huskies out-gained the Wolves, 563 yards to 149, in total offense. It was Northeastern's second-highest scoring total in a game -- the Huskies beat Division II Stonehill (Mass.) College, 78-6, in last year's opener.
Giant Killers: This is the first time Northeastern has faced a team that played in a bowl game the previous season. But the Huskies have won their last two games against Division I-A foes, beating Ohio, 31-0, in 2002 and Connecticut, 35-27, in 2000. Boston College beat Northeastern, 33-22, in 1999.
Out of Service: This is also only the third time the Huskies have played a service academy. Northeastern tied the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 13-13, in 1951, a year after beating Coast Guard, 31-7. The Huskies also played an Army team stationed at Fort Devens, Mass., in 1947 and 1948.
Howard at Hampton
Hampton Dominating: The series, often called the "Battle of the Real H-U," has been a one-sided affair in recent years. Hampton has won the past seven games, including a 17-14 victory at Howard last season. The Pirates held the Bison to only 12 rushing yards in that game and won despite throwing one interception and losing four fumbles.
Containing Coleman: Last season, the Bison did a pretty good job of shutting down Hampton tailback Alonzo Coleman, who as a freshman ran for 72 yards and one touchdown. Coleman is coming off his best game, after running for 209 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 38-19 win over Jackson (Miss.) State. He was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference offensive player of the week.
Strong Debut: Howard redshirt freshman Jarahn Williams, from Miami, caught four passes for 110 yards in the Bison's 27-12 loss to Alabama State in Detroit last week. Williams, who was named MEAC rookie of the week, had a 45-yard catch that set up Howard's first touchdown.
Lafayette at Georgetown
Patriot League Opener: Georgetown begins Patriot League competition after beating St. Francis (Pa.), 36-7, in last week's opener. Entering their fourth season in the Patriot League, the Hoyas have a 3-17 record in conference games. One of those victories was a 17-10 win over the Leopards last season.
Strong Special Teams: Along with place kicker Michael Gillman's five field goals against St. Francis, the Hoyas' special teams contributed in other areas. Sophomore Derek Franks blocked a punt; Brian Tandy returned a punt 63 yards and Brad Scoffern pinned both of his punts inside the St. Francis 20-yard line.
Crawford Starts Again: Quarterback Andrew Crawford was efficient, at best, against St. Francis, completing 11 of 20 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. He enjoyed perhaps his best college game against Lafayette last year, throwing for 203 yards and one touchdown on 20-for-28 passing.
-- Mark Schlabach