Florida at LSU
Although the 14th-ranked Tigers lost sophomore tailback Cecil Collins and his 194.3 yards a game to a broken leg in their victory over Vanderbilt last Saturday, the formidable LSU ground game, ranked eighth in the nation, isn't hurting as much as it would seem. That's because Kevin Faulk (above), who ran for 1,282 yards at tailback last season, is back from a pulled hamstring injury. Top-ranked Florida, on the other hand, is allowing 32.0 yards a game on the ground, the second lowest in the nation. Advantage, Gators. But not a home field advantage: This is the first of three games away from the Swamp for Florida, with No. 8 Auburn and No. 13 Georgia to follow.
? ESPN, 7 PM
Glory at Blizzard
After having been a part of 12 NBA title-winning teams as a player and a coach, former Celtics great K.C. Jones, 65, appeared to be easing into retirement last May when he signed on as coach of the ABL's New England Blizzard. Just his luck: Not only will he have to match wits with Atlanta Glory coach Teresa Edwards' in the season opener, but he'll also have to find some way to stop her from scoring. Edwards, the ABL's second-leading scorer (21.1 points a game) in '96-97, was promoted to player-coach in the off-season. UConn icon Kara Wolters returns to Hartford as a rookie with the Blizzard and reunites with college teammate Jennifer Rizzotti (below, with ball).
?FOX SPORTS NETWORK, 7 PM
Cowboys at Redskins
The nation's capital hasn't created a red scare like this one since the days of Joe McCarthy. The Washington defense is tied for third in the NFC in fewest red-zone touchdowns allowed, while the Dallas offense is third from last in the conference in scoring touchdowns from the 20-yard line and in. Skins coach Norv Turner, who previously was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, is 3-2 in games against his former prize pupil, Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman. As Cowboys coach Barry Switzer can attest, Aikman is every pass-happy coach's dream: A big gun you can take through the airport.
?ABC, 9 PM
When training camp opened last week, the Chicago Bulls were squabbling in midseason form (Scorecard, page 17). Was this any way to prepare for a trip to a city of such romance? Competing in Paris along with the reigning NBA champs in this three-day tournament will be teams from Argentina, France, Greece, Italy and Spain, all of which also won their respective league titles. (Among the most notable European players is 6'11" center Efthimios Rentzias of FC Barcelona, a 1996 first-round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets whose rights were recently acquired by the Atlanta Hawks.) The NBA entrant has never lost the championship in this event since its inception in 1987, which should put Michael Jordan (right) and his mates somewhat at ease. No matter what happens this year, they'll always have Paris.
?TNT, 8 PM
Three years ago, during this made-for-TV start of college basketball practice, University of Cincinnati student Cory Clouse sank a half-court shot, earning a year's worth of tuition, board and books courtesy of Dick Vitale. This year Dickie V. takes his hyperkinetic hyperbole to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils are no long shot, as they hope to show when they unveil the nation's top-rated freshman class. ESPN will also visit Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee, where the defending national champion Lady Vols will participate along with the men. But in case this special is aired past your bedtime, ESPN will telecast 183 games beginning Nov. 11.
? ESPN, MIDNIGHT
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