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This Weekend in College and High School Football

Robert P. Stephens II | 11/13/2009, 1:53 p.m.

With the college season winding down, look for some big scores, some heavy hitting and a surprise or two as teams jockey for position on the national level.

Locally, the Howard Bison hosts Bethune-Cookman and its senior day as Howard plays its final home game of the season at Greene Stadium. Bethune (4-5), (3-3) spoiled North Carolina A&T€s homecoming with a 31-13 victory. The Bison (0-6) (2-5) look to stop a five game losing streak. The kick off is set for 1pm.
The University of Maryland will have their hands full with national power Virginia Tech, (6-3) in the BCS Standings, at College Park. The Terps (2-7) and Bison have had identical seasons this year. Maryland has had an abundance of fumbles and turnovers which has marred their season. Coach Ralph Friedgen has often managed to come up with a surprise or two when the Terps are down, but this year has been especially tough. The kick off is set for 1pm at College Park.

On the national front, the big one this weekend will be # 10 Iowa (9-1) will travel to face #11 Ohio State. (8-2) at the horseshoe at Columbus. The winner will have the inside track to the Rose Bowl. Iowa suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend and will start freshman James Vandenberg at quarterback.

TCU #4 will hosts #16 Utah which will be another test for the Horned Frogs to impress the computers and voters to be a major player in the big money bowl picture. TCU is one of six teams that remain undefeated at 9-0. Utah will counter with a record of 8-1.

The Miami Hurricanes, #14, will travel to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels. Miami is 7-2 and North Carolina is 6-3.

Cincinnati # 5 (9-0) overall currently in first place in the Big East Conference has a €trap game€ against # 25 West Virginia (7-2) at home. The Bearcats have been winning with their backup quarterback Zach Collaros. This week, the starter at the beginning of the season, Tony Pike, has fully recovered from an injured wrist which had sidelined him for three weeks.

The University of Florida (9-0) # 1 will travel to Columbia to face the University of South Carolina (6-4) while The University of Alabama (9-0) # 2 in the nation will travel to Mississippi St. (4-5). Both teams will play for the SEC Championship on December 5th on CBS.

In the national rankings, South Carolina St. (9-1) moved to number # 9 in the latest NCAA FCS TSN Poll. The Bulldogs are currently the only HBCU team in the top 20. South Carolina State is looking to hosts a NCAA game, and will face Morgan St. this weekend.

In local high school football, the DCIAA will be hosting a doubleheader with Wilson (6-4) and Ballou (8-1) kicking off at 1:30 on Saturday, Nov. 14. Wilson, the surprise team in the West this season will tangle with a veteran Blue Knight squad. In the nightcap at 6:30p.m., HD Woodson (7-4) with quarterback Ricard Young at the helm, will tangle with Dunbar (9-1) led by DCIAA top rusher Vernard Roberts 1155 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.

In other playoff action taking place on Sat., Nov. 14, Suitland (9-1) will travel to CH Flowers (9-1), Gwynn Park (10-0) hosts McDonough, E Roosevelt (6-4) travels to Wise (9-1), and Dunbar (9-1) hosts Forrestville. All are 1p.m. starts.
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In WCAC play, McNamara (8-2) travels to Olney to face Good Counsel (9-1) and DeMatha (10-0) hosts Gonzaga (6-4). Both games kick off at 7pm.