THE SALINA JOURNAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBERS/. 1996 C8 NOTES Another top five matchup set for Saturday No. 4 Ohio State travels to fifth-ranked Notre Dame By The Associated Press This is getting a little old already, isn't it? For the second straight week, there is a meeting of top five teams in college football. Last Saturday, Tennessee and Florida — ranked Nos. 2 and 4 at the time — met in Knoxville, with Florida winning 35-29 and earning the right to be called No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. This Saturday, it's No. 4 Ohio State at No. 5 Notre Dame, matching another pair of unbeaten teams that might have national championship aspirations. "If I didn't know better and I didn't know Ohio State, I'd say they've been practicing since they lost the Citrus Bowl last year," Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz said. ! In getting off to a 2-0 start this season, the Buckeyes averaged 71 points, including a 72-0 shut out of Pitt on Saturday. Pepe Pearson has scored six touchdowns and is averaging 111 yards rushing for Ohio State, while Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine have each completed 13-of-18 passes for a combined 548 yards and eight touchdowns. Notre Dame is 3-0, a far cry from the defenseless Rice and Pitt teams that Ohio State has faced so far. "I like that at least we look like we know what we're doing," Cooper said. In other games involving ranked teams, it's Kentucky at No. 1 Florida; No. 11 North Carolina at No. 2 Florida State; No. 3 Penn State at Wisconsin; Oregon at No. 6 Arizona State; UCLA at No. 7 Michigan; Colorado State at No. 8 Nebraska; Pitt at No. 10 Miami; No. 12 Colorado at Texas A&M; No. 13 Texas at No. 19 Virginia; New Mexico State at No. 17 LSU; Np. 18 Virginia Tech at Syracuse; No. 20 Kansas at Utah; Maryland at,No. 23 West Virginia; Southern Methodist at No. 24 Brigham Young, and No. 25 Northwestern at Indiana. Woe to Kentucky Just playing at Florida (3-0) would have been bad enough, but now Kentucky must face the Gators' best tailback, too. Florida has reduced Fred Taylor's monthlong suspension by a week, so he'll suit up Saturday and presumably will get some playing time. Since spring practice, Elijah Williams and Terry Jackson have shared the spot, averaging 58 yards per game. Taylor, who led the Gators in rushing as a freshman last year with 873 yards, was suspended for accepting a bag of books he knew had been stolen. He awaits trial on a misdemeanor charge of petty theft. ACC showdown Florida State (2-0) puts a 24- game home winning streak on the line against North Carolina (3-0) in a big Atlantic Coast Conference matchup. "Here comes an ACC team that is good enough to whip us," Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said. "Our people know it." Florida State is 33-1 in the ACC since coming into the league in 1992 and an 18-0 at the 80,000-seat Doak S. Campbell Stadium, which is sold out for the North Carolina game. "Until you can beat Florida State, you're probably not going to win the league," Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said. Big, big line Penn State (4-0) plays its Big Ten opener at Wisconsin, which boasts an offensive line that averages better than 300 pounds per man. "Their offensive line is incredible," said Penn State defensive end Chris Snyder. "Basically, we just have to use our speed against these guys.... We have good team strength all around the ball." Last season, Wisconsin snapped Penn State's 20-game winning streak with a 17-9 win at Beaver Stadium, so the Lions will not be caught by surprise. ASU letdown? Arizona State (3-0) posted the big upset of last Saturday, shutting out Nebraska 19-0 and knocking the Cornhuskers out of the No. 1 spot. This Saturday, the Sun Devils must guard against being the victim against a good Oregon team. There's incentive for the Ducks. They were upset 55-44 by Washington State one week ago. Oregon coach Mike Bellotti sees opportunity for atonement in Arizona State's situation. "They've got to be thinking about that big victory. That's a career accomplishment," Bellotti said. "They're feeling good about themselves right now. That can work for you and against you. I hope they're still celebrating in Tempe." Angry Huskers Nebraska is not the home of happy football players this week. It is home to a bunch of guys who were embarrassed by an ignominious defeat to Arizona State. So, players have said all week, they are pointing to Saturday's game against Colorado State with renewed vigor and a determination to improve their 1-1 record. A win would also give Nebraska its 700th victory before its traditionally red-clad sea of some 76,000 home-game fans. All lines of insurance including Auto • Home • Life Health • Farm for service call JEFF WELLS 1528 E. 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