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| Friday, Nov. 19, 2004

Wisconsin (9-1) at Iowa (8-2)

When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa

On air: ESPN

Iowa aims for its 18th consecutive home victory in a key Big Ten Conference battle against Iowa. The teams are tied for second place, one game behind front-running Michigan as the regular season winds down. The Wolverines can clinch a second Rose Bowl berth in a row with a victory at Ohio State or an Iowa win over Wisconsin. If Wisconsin beats Iowa and Michigan loses to Ohio State, then Wisconsin would earn the Rose Bowl berth. Last week, Iowa's Kyle Schlicher set school records for field goals (five) and points (17) in the Hawkeyes' 29-27 victory over Minnesota.

Michigan (9-1) at Ohio State (6-4)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

On air: WTAE-4 (ABC)

Michigan looks to clinch a second consecutive Big Ten Conference outright title and subsequent Rose Bowl berth on the road at the expense of Ohio State. The Wolverines hold a one-game lead in the conference. Michigan belted Northwestern, 42-20, last weekend for its eighth consecutive victory and 13th Big Ten win in a row, as Mike Hart rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Steve Breaston, the former Woodland Hills star who has been hampered by a foot stress fracture and a broken finger all season, rolled up 272 all-purpose yards and scored twice, including a 67-yard punt return. Since 1994, the teams have alternated wins and losses at Ohio Stadium.

Florida (6-4) at Florida State (8-2)

When: Saturday, 7:45 p.m.

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

On air: ESPN

Florida State, which has beaten Florida at home 17 times in a row, will look to slow the Gators' modest two-game winning streak in one of the most storied in-state rivalries in the nation. Florida State is 13-5-1 in the past 19 meetings with Florida. Last season, the Seminoles rallied for a 38-34 victory in Gainesville. The game marks the final regular-season contest for Gators coach Ron Zook, who was fired after their loss Oct. 23 at Mississippi State but permitted to finish the season. The Gators defeated South Carolina, 48-14, last weekend. Florida State is coming off a 17-10 win over North Carolina State, overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit.

DISTRICT

Bridgewater, Va. (8-2) at Washington & Jefferson (10-0)

When: Saturday, Noon

Where: Cameron Stadium, Washington, Pa.

On air: WJPA-AM (1450), WNJR-FM (91.7)

Washington & Jefferson and Bridgewater meet in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in a rematch of the a the Eagles' wild 59-42 first-round victory in 2000. The Presidents enjoyed a 28-3 lead before Bridgewater started its comeback. Washington & Jefferson sports a 15-5 record all-time against current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, but is 0-1 against Bridgewater. W&J closed its regular-season with a perfect record for the seventh time in school history two weeks ago, beating Washington (Mo.), 28-6. The Presidents, who won their 18th Presidents' Athletic Conference championship in the past 21 seasons, earned an at-large bid to the playoffs. Bridgewater qualified after capturing its fourth consecutive ODAC title. The Eagles have won six games in a row.

Bucknell (6-4) at Duquesne (7-2)

When: Saturday, Noon

Where: Rooney Field

On air: WKFB-AM (770)

Duquesne risks its 16-game home winning streak against Bucknell, which represents the Dukes' fourth Patriot League opponent of the season. Duquesne is coming off an emotional 36-33 overtime victory over Pioneer Football League South Division champion Morehead State last weekend. The Dukes, down 30-20 in the fourth quarter, tied the score on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Niel Loebig to Alex Roberson with 3:18 left. Loebig found Roberson again on a 2-yard scoring pass in overtime for the victory. The senior quarterback from South Fayette passed for 301 yards and five touchdowns to become the fifth player in NCAA Division I-AA history to top 10,000 yards passing and throw 100 touchdown passes. He enters his final college game with 10,015 yards and 101 touchdowns. Bucknell leads the overall series, 5-3, including a 28-21 triumph at home in 2003

Edinboro (9-2) at East Stroudsburg (9-1)

When: Saturday, Noon

Where: Eiler-Martin Stadium, East Stroudsburg

On air: WFSE-FM (88.9)

Edinboro enters its rematch of a season-opening loss to East Stroudsburg having picked up its first NCAA Division II playoff victory since 1990 in last weekend's 47-44 triumph at snowy Bentley. The Fighting Scots and Warriors tangle today in the Northeast Region semifinals with a trip to the regional title game against either Shippensburg or West Chester on the line. East Stroudsburg defeated Edinboro, 20-7, in Edinboro on Sept. 4. After splitting its first four games, Edinboro takes a seven-game winning streak into the rematch with East Stroudsburg, which earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season for the Warriors is a 39-37 overtime loss Oct. 23 to West Chester.

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