AT MICHIGAN (0-0)
The 14th-ranked Wolverines are the last Division I-A team to begin play this season, and the eighth-ranked Buffaloes are probably one of the last teams they would want to meet in that situation. The matchup of Colorado wideout Phil Savoy and Michigan corner Charles Woodson is intriguing, but the Buffaloes have two other talented receivers (Darrin Chiaverini and Chris Anderson) and a solid quarterback in John Hessler. That figures to be too much for the Wolverines to overcome.
AT NORTH CAROLINA (1-0)
The Tar Heels are unaccustomed to high expectations and didn't handle them well in defeating Indiana 23-6. Chris Keldorf, who is normally cool in the pocket, was intercepted three times by the Hoosiers. However, superior talent should carry North Carolina past Stanford, whose six-game win streak is tied with Penn State's as the longest in Division I-A.
ARIZONA STATE (1-0)
AT MIAMI (1-0)
To weather the anticipated 90% humidity at the Orange Bowl, the Sun Devils started taking in additional fluids, mostly in the form of water and sports drinks, on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Seniors get the seats nearest the lavatories on the charter.) The more pressing issue is whether Arizona State's inexperienced defensive line can stop Hurricanes tailback Edgerrin James (120 yards, three touchdowns in a season-opening win over Baylor). Perhaps the Sun Devils could if the game were played later in the season, but not now.
AT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (0-1)
The Lions of the NAIA offer the best opportunity this season for the NCAA Division I-AA Panthers to stop their NCAA-record 69-game losing streak. In its first game under new coach Greg Johnson, on Aug. 30, Prairie View played respectably in a 32-16 loss to Texas Southern. Johnson ought to know Langston's weaknesses because he was the coach there for the last six years. The Panthers used to be an object of ridicule; now they're the object of sympathy. What else is there to feel? Just win, baby.