Temple at Navy
Going Bowling: Navy can become bowl eligible for the third consecutive season by earning its sixth victory. The Midshipmen would like to make their postseason plans before closing the regular season on Dec. 3 against Army, according to Chet Gladchuk, the school's athletic director. If Navy wins, the Poinsettia Bowl would try to secure a Navy commitment by the end of the weekend, according to the game's executive director, Bruce Binkowski.
Offensive Opportunity: Navy's triple-option offense should flourish against the Owls, who have one of college football's worst defenses. Temple, which has held just one team to fewer than 34 points, has allowed opponents 457.5 yards and 46 points per game. Navy, which ranks third in Division I-A with 276.8 rushing yards per game, should have little trouble moving the football.
Fond Farewell: Navy's 18 seniors will be playing their final home game and will become the first class to graduate with a winning record since 1999. This year's seniors have gone 25-21, highlighted by last year's 10-2 season. The Class of 1999 graduated with a 24-22 record -- a .521 winning percentage -- but the Class of 2006 could finish with a winning percentage of .571 if it wins its next two games and its bowl.
-- Jon Gallo
Colgate at Georgetown
They Might Be Giants: Colgate is shooting for its fifth league title in nine years -- a victory today would give it at least a share of the title. The Red Raiders would clinch a spot in the Division I-AA playoffs with a win today and if Lafayette defeats Lehigh.
Line 'Em Up: Colgate freshman running back Jordan Scott, a DeMatha graduate, leads the league with 902 rushing yards. He began the year on special teams and as the third-string fullback. Scott runs behind an offensive line whose starters average 287 pounds; Georgetown's biggest defensive starter is junior tackle Julius Griauzde (6 feet 4, 275 pounds). The Hoyas' defense is led by senior linebackers Jason Carter (89 tackles) and Mehdi Hassan (79 tackles); defensive ends Alex Buzbee, a junior, and Michael Ononibaku, a senior, have combined for 14 sacks.
That Championship Season: The Hoyas have to be careful with Colgate wide receiver DeWayne Long. Long, a transfer from Nebraska, caught the winning touchdown pass with 5.6 seconds left in Colgate's 20-19 win at Georgetown in 2003. Long leads the Red Raiders with 46 receptions for 629 yards and three touchdowns this year. He is one of several players who played a role on the Colgate team that advanced to the Division I-AA title game two years ago.
Howard at Delaware State
From Higher Powers: For the second straight week, Howard faces a team loaded with Division I-A transfers. Delaware State features senior linebacker Kenny Kern (55 tackles, four sacks), a former starter at Mississippi State; defensive back Tyrone Kelly (30 tackles, two interceptions), a transfer from Central Michigan; and reserve defensive linemen who transferred from Purdue and Minnesota. The Bison lost to Bethune-Cookman, 45-16, last week; the Wildcats had eight transfers from Division I-A schools.
The Long Goodbye: Today marks the final game for Howard's 17 seniors, including free safety Antoine Bethea (82 tackles), defensive tackle Jesse Hayes (41 tackles) and Richard Dorceus, the team's top offensive lineman. Bethea has 303 tackles in his career.
The Last Time: The Hornets have clinched their first winning season since 2000. That team included former Redskins wide receiver Darnerien McCants.
-- Christian Swezey