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LOOKING AHEAD
Ivan Maisel
November 10, 1997
?MICHIGAN (8-0) AT PENN STATE (7-0)Although still undefeated, the Nittany Lions look more vulnerable each week. Wolverines cornerback Charles Woodson should blanket Penn State wide receiver Joe Jurevicius; Michigan's top-rated defense should do the same to tailback Curtis Enis; and the Wolverines should pull a sheet over Penn State's Rose Bowl hopes.
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November 10, 1997

Looking Ahead

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? MICHIGAN (8-0) AT PENN STATE (7-0)
Although still undefeated, the Nittany Lions look more vulnerable each week. Wolverines cornerback Charles Woodson should blanket Penn State wide receiver Joe Jurevicius; Michigan's top-rated defense should do the same to tailback Curtis Enis; and the Wolverines should pull a sheet over Penn State's Rose Bowl hopes.

? FLORIDA STATE (8-0) AT NORTH CAROLINA (8-0)
The winner has our permission to think about the Orange Bowl and a possible national title game. Emerging Seminoles freshmen tailbacks Travis Minor (61 carries, 376 yards) and Davey Ford (54, 278) will take enough heat off QB Thad Busby to allow the ACC status to remain quo.

?LSU (6-2) AT ALABAMA (4-4)
The Crimson Tide has lost four of its last six games yet still has a shot at repeating as the SEC West champion. Who says American standards of excellence haven't been lowered? Louisiana State doesn't throw the ball as well as Kentucky or Louisiana Tech, both of whom beat Alabama, so the Tide can't be counted out. Then again, Tigers tailback Kevin Faulk is up to speed—212 yards and five touchdowns against the Wildcats last Saturday—so 'Bama's chance is a slim one.

? FRESNO STATE (5-4) AT COLORADO STATE (7-2)
The Bulldogs finished next-to-last in the nation in turnover margin last season, at minus-20. This year Fresno State has improved to plus-13, fourth best in the country and a big reason that the Bulldogs are tied with the Rams for the WAC's Pacific Division lead. Trouble is, Colorado State's Moses Moreno is the league's best quarterback, and he doesn't make mistakes.

? SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (6-2) AT TENNESSEE (6-1)
After respectable losses to Florida and Alabama, the Golden Eagles would love to make their mark against the SEC by upsetting the Volunteers. But freshman Jamal Lewis proved he can carry the Tennessee offense by rushing for 205 yards against South Carolina. With Peyton Manning merely the second option for the Volunteers, Southern Miss is likely to come up short again.

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