North Carolina A&T at Howard

Higher Calling: Aggies running back Brandon Sweeney (team-high 472 yards rushing) is the cousin of Northwestern standout running back Tyrell Sutton. That's not the team's only tie to Division I-A: Starting defensive tackle Larry Harrison (21 tackles) is a transfer from Michigan; among his backups are Darrell Hamilton (transfer from Michigan State) and Brandon Greeson (Nebraska). Starting offensive tackle Walter Stith transferred from Western Michigan.

A Week to Forget: Howard senior quarterback Ronald Venters leads the MEAC with 169.8 passing yards per game, even though he went 3 for 22 for 71 yards in a 7-0 loss to Morgan State last week. The Bears entered with the 105th-ranked defense in Division I-AA.

No Running: Sweeney may find the going a little difficult against Howard today. The Bison have given up only three rushing touchdowns this year and give up two yards per carry.

Fordham at Georgetown

A Sort of Homecoming: Fordham junior quarterback Derric Daniels (H.D. Woodson) has one touchdown pass and nine interceptions this year. He had 23 touchdown passes last year. He may not have much time to throw today: Two of Fordham's starting offensive linemen may miss the game because of injuries; meantime, Georgetown defensive end Michael Ononibaku leads the Patriot League with 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

History of Violence: The series dates from 1890. In 1927, the Hoyas -- coached by Lou Little, later the coach at Columbia -- defeated the Rams, 27-0, before 30,000 at the Polo Grounds. More recent games, however, have favored Fordham: The Hoyas haven't won in the series since 1983.

He's Back: Junior Nick Cangelosi is expected to start at quarterback for the Hoyas; he missed a 57-7 loss to Cornell last week because of an ankle injury. Freshman Ben Hostetler (River Hill) started in his place, and the offense struggled: the Hoyas had 23 yards rushing and 63 passing. Fordham had 57 yards rushing and 54 passing in a 23-0 loss to Colgate last week. It was the first time the Rams had been shut out in 15 years.

-- Christian Swezey