Howard vs. Winston-Salem State

No Warm-up: Howard will be playing its season opener against a team with a game already under its belt, but the Rams might want to forget last week's 20-10 home loss to Catawba. Howard has not won a season opener since 2002, when it defeated Texas Southern, 34-31, at Greene Stadium.

Shutting It Down: Howard returns seven defensive starters from a unit that ranked eighth in Division I-AA in total defense last season and led the MEAC in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense.

Conference Call: Winston-Salem State Coach Kermit Blount, who was offensive coordinator at Howard from 1984 to '89 under then-coach Willie Jeffries, is 2-11-1 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since taking over the Rams in 1993. This is the Rams' last season as a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and NCAA Division II. The school has applied for membership in the MEAC.

Georgetown at Bucknell

Big Up Front: Bucknell's Sean Conover and Georgetown's Michael Ononibaku, two of the best defensive linemen in Division I-AA, take the field. Conover was the preseason defensive player of the year in the Patriot League, and he and Ononibaku tied for the Patriot League lead with 101/2 sacks last season.

New at the Helm: Georgetown starting quarterback Nick Cangelosi, who transferred from North Carolina, played in only one game last season. Coach Bob Benson named him the starter after preseason competition with backup Keith Allan. Bucknell is also debuting a new quarterback, Terrance Wilson.

Something to Prove: Georgetown will be attempting to do something it could not all of last season: win a conference game. The Hoyas finished 3-8 overall, 0-6 in the Patriot League.

-- From Staff Reports