SAN JOSE STATE (3-1) at NAVY (1-2)
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, 1500 AM, 1050 AM
Outlook: San Jose State leads series 1-0, a 27-24 victory last November to dash Navy’s bowl hopes. The Midshipmen got well to some extent last week against VMI, though a pair of turnovers ensured ball security would remain a concern. Navy’s rushing performance has improved game to game, rising from 149 yards against Notre Dame to 255 yards against Penn State to 403 yards last week, and the Mids are ranked ninth in the country in rushing offense. Spartans defensive lineman Travis Johnson is tied for fourth nationally with 2.38 tackles for loss per game. Navy slotback Gee Gee Greene needs 72 yards to reach 1,500 for his career; he leads the Mids with 60.7 rushing yards per game.
LOUISIANA TECH (3-0) at VIRGINIA (2-2)
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
TV/radio: ESPN3.com, 570 AM
Outlook: First meeting. The Cavaliers are averaging only 315 total yards over the last three weeks and encounter a potent Louisiana Tech bunch that has scored 50 points in each of its first three games, including last week’s 52-24 pummeling of Illinois. Bulldogs quarterback Colby Cameron (11 TDs, 0 INT) ranks fifth nationally in passer efficiency. Meanwhile, Virginia’s Michael Rocco (four touchdowns, five interceptions) ranks last among ACC starting quarterbacks in passer efficiency. The game features punters ranked ninth (Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen) and 12th (Virginia’s Alec Vozenilek) in the country.
VIRGINIA TECH (3-1) vs. CINCINNATI (2-0)
Where: FedEx Field
TV/radio: ESPNU, 106.7 FM
Outlook: Virginia Tech leads series 5-4 and won last meeting 20-7 in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day 2009. This game is technically the Bearcats’ home game, though it would come as little surprise if the stadium is filled with Hokies’ partisans. Virginia Tech’s struggling rush defense could have problems with Cincinnati tailback George Winn, who ranks 10th nationally with 121 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Munchie Legaux averages 71 rushing yards. The Hokies are 0-2 all-time at FedEx Field, with losses to Southern California (2004) and Boise State (2010).
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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