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LOOKING AHEAD
Ivan Maisel
November 03, 1997
?WEST VIRGINIA (6-1) AT SYRACUSE (5-3)If the Mountaineers win their last three conference games, against Syracuse, Temple and Pittsburgh, they'll lock up the Big East's spot in an alliance bowl. Unfortunately for them, the Orangemen are healthy and, after a week off, rested. A victory on Saturday could even get Syracuse—be still, Orange hearts—back into the Top 25. Syracuse has too many weapons for its visitors.
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November 03, 1997

Looking Ahead

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? WEST VIRGINIA (6-1) AT SYRACUSE (5-3)
If the Mountaineers win their last three conference games, against Syracuse, Temple and Pittsburgh, they'll lock up the Big East's spot in an alliance bowl. Unfortunately for them, the Orangemen are healthy and, after a week off, rested. A victory on Saturday could even get Syracuse—be still, Orange hearts—back into the Top 25. Syracuse has too many weapons for its visitors.

? PURDUE (6-1) AT IOWA (5-2)
One or both of these teams may be phony. The Boilermakers are 1-1 against opponents with winning records; the Hawkeyes are 0-2. This is Iowa's chance for redemption after the 28-24 loss to Michigan two weeks ago. Purdue has no one on defense or special teams to shut down running back Tavian Banks or return man Tim Dwight. The Hawkeyes finally win an important game.

? WASHINGTON STATE (7-0) AT ARIZONA STATE (5-2)
The Cougars send quarterback Ryan Leaf and the Pac-10's best passing offense against the conference's best passing defense. Trouble is, Washington State coach Mike Price is 4-19 in November. The Sun Devils have the benefit of a week off and the home crowd. Their hope of returning to the Rose Bowl lives for another week.

? MIAMI OF OHIO (6-2) AT TOLEDO (7-0)
The RedHawks must win this week to have a chance of reaching the first MAC championship game—and most likely playing Toledo again. Miami is the only visiting team in the league to have won at the Rockets' Glass Bowl over the last three seasons, but last year's 27-7 victory won't be repeated. Toledo quarterback Chris Wallace has a long memory.

? HARVARD (5-1) AT DARTMOUTH (5-1)
Had it not been for last Saturday's 46-26 loss to Lehigh, Dartmouth would be attempting to tie the Division I-AA record of 24 games without a loss. The Big Green should have no trouble bouncing back, even though Crimson sophomore quarterback Rich Linden has four 200-yard passing games this season.

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