Originally created 09/12/98

College today



GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA

Time/TV:

6 p.m., ESPN2

Gamecocks' bits:

Running back Troy Hambrick, who was suspended from last week's opener, will start tonight and be backed up by Boo Williams. ... USC has started 2-0 just once in the last seven years. ... Anthony Wright passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns last week in his first game since undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last fall.

Bulldogs' bits:

Freshman QB Quincy Carter is the nation's highest-rated passer. ... The Bulldogs' offensive line averages 40 pounds more per man on USC's defensive counterpart. ... Bulldogs accumulated 447 yards last season en route to a 31-15 whipping of the Gamecocks.

Injury update:

For USC, DT Cecil Caldwell and FB Antoine Nesmith are expected to play. DT John Stamper is questionable. For Georgia, DE Antonio Cochran should play after missing the opener with an ankle injury. RBs Patrick Pass (ankle) and Jasper Sanks (ankle) should play.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT FURMAN

Time/TV:

1:30 p.m., No TV

Bulldogs' bits:

Derek O'Neal and Chad Eaddy combined to rush for 239 yards and two touchdowns last week against Charleston Southern. ... S.C. State built a 17-3 halftime lead in last year's meeting.

Palladins' bits:

Former Wagener-Salley star Des Kitchings caught two passes for 55 yards, including a 50-yard reception, last week against Clemson.

Injury update:

S.C. State linebacker Tito Hannah is out and former Harlem quarterback Reggie Curry (bruised ribs) is questionable.

NEW MEXICO STATE AT GEORGIA TECH

Time/TV:

7 p.m., No TV

Jackets' bits: Tech hasn't started 0-2 since '89. ... The Jackets allowed 491 yards in total offense last week against Boston College in Randy Edsall's first game as offensive coordinator. ... Tech takes next week off before opening ACC-play at North Carolina on Sept. 26.

Aggies' bits: New Mexico State rolled up 36 points against Texas last weekend in a 66-36 loss. ... RB Denvis Manns is attempting to become only the third player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He hit for 93 yards against Texas last week.

Injury update:For the Aggies, LB Waylon Waters (knee), OT Jared Schmidt (shoulder) and CB Melvin McClendon (shoulder) are out. For Tech, OG Jason Burks (finger), WR Jon Muyres (foot) and Mike Sheridan (knee) are doubtful.

VIRGINIA TECH AT CLEMSON

Time/TV:

1 p.m., No TV

Tigers' bits: Six new Clemson athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, including golfer Dillard Pruitt and place-kicker Obed Ariri. ... After one week, Clemson leads the ACC in total offense and defense, scoring defense and punt returns. ... Clemson is 17-7-1 all-time against Virginia Tech, but hasn't played the Hokies since 1989.

Hokies' bits: Tech has two of the nation's top kickers -- place-kicker Shayne Graham made 19 of 23 field goals and ranked third in Division I-A last season with 1.73 field goals per game and left-footed punter Jimmy Kibble was 10th nationally last season with a 45.1-yard average.

Injury update: Clemson LB Kenzi Ross is doubtful (pulled hamstring) and DB Charles Hafley is questionable (sprained ankle).

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Time/TV:

1 p.m., No TV

Eagles' bit: The Eagles haven't faced a passing attack like Jacksonville State's since holding off Florida A&M 52-37 in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs Nov. 29, 1997. The Eagle defense was shredded for 469 yards by FAMU`s Oteman Sampson in that contest, a Paulson Stadium record. The Eagle defense allowed 203.7 yards against the pass last season, its highest season total since 1984. The bad news is the Gamecocks' averaged 263.4 yards passing per game last season. Quarterback Montressa Kirby and 1000-yard receiver Ronald Bonner are back this season.

Gamecocks' bit: The Gamecocks are 1-0 this season after topping Alabama A&M last week. Jacksonville State is 0-1 against Southern with their last meeting taking place Oct. 24, 1992 when the Eagles used a stifling defense to hold off the Gamecocks 10-0.

Injury update: Georgia Southern strong safety Ryan Hadden is still out with a broken leg.