Baltimore was recently named "America's Best Football Tailgating City" in a survey released by mobile satellite TV manufacturer KVH Industries Inc. and satellite TV provider DirecTV. The survey, in its first year, took into account stadium parking lots, overall tailgating environment, enthusiasm from fans and the sales of tailgate-oriented accessories. So, with that in mind, here are a few recipes to get you ready for the Conference opener at McDaniel - preseason home of the Baltimore Ravens.
Moravian at McDaniel, 1:00
Radio: WTTR-AM and WSAN-AM. Live Stats: Yes.
This is thr 13th meeting between the Greyhounds and the Green Terror in a series that dates to 1972 ... Moravian holds an 8-4 advantage and defeated McDaniel, 43-14, last season in Bethlehem ... the Terror opened the 2008 campaign with a 38-7 win at Saint Vincent - the most points scored by the Green and Gold since 2004 ... QB Joe Lapkowicz completed 12 of 13 passes for 199 yards and two TDs ... the victory broke an eight-game road losing streak for McDaniel ... the Greyhounds enter the game with a 1-0 mark after a 27-14 win vs. Susquehanna ... QB Marc Braxmeier ran for one score and threw for another, while RB Tyler deRouen, who has suffered three ACL tears in his left knee since arriving at Moravian, ran for 131 yards ... PK Brian Reckenbeil set a school record with a 47-yard field goal and has made 41 consecutive PATs ...
Dickinson at Hobart, 1:00
Video: ECAC.tv (pay-per-view). Radio: WDCV-FM and WEOS-FM. Live Stats: Yes.
This is the 18th time that Dickinson and Hobart have met on the gridiron with the Red and White holding a slim 9-7-1 advantage ... the Red Devils won their sixth straight opener with a 34-7 triumph vs. Grove City ... RB Greg Lord, who was a year behind Johns Hopkins' standout back Andrew Kase at Wyomissing (Pa.) HS, ran for 119 yards and three TDs ... Dickinson is now 52-9 under coach Darwin Breaux when a back goes for over 100 yards ... SS Michael Dalton led the defense with nine tackles, while DE Steve Bokron had six stops and a pair of sacks ... it's the season opener for the Statesmen, who return 13 starters from an 8-3 season in 2007 ... the defense appears to be Hobart's strength, led by LB Justin Hager.
Franklin & Marshall at Catholic, 1:00
Radio: godiplomats.com and TEAMLINE. Live Stats: Yes.
The Diplomats and the Cardinals meet for the ninth time in a series that started in 1930 ... CUA leads the all-time series, 6-2, including a 28-27 win in Lancaster last season ... F&M blanked Washington and Lee, 24-0, for its first shutout since Sept. 24, 2005 ... RB John Kaschak carried 36 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, while KR Jarrell Diggs returned a punt 49 yards for the game-clinching TD ... QB John Harrison became the first freshman to start for the Diplomats since Rob Shepardson in 1979 ... Franklin & Marshall is 43-72-5 in its first road game of the season ... Catholic opened its season with an overtime win at Shenandoah ... QB Keith Ricca threw for 203 yards, hitting seven different targets with his 18 completions.
Hampden-Sydney at Gettysburg, 1:00
Video: Gettysburg pay-per-view. Radio: WFLO-FM. Live Stats: Yes.
The Bullets and the Tigers meet for the 21st time in a series that dates to 1982 ... H-SC holds a 13-7 advantage with wins in nine of the last 10 contests ... Gettysburg's only victory in that stretch came in 2006 (28-20) at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium ... the Bullets are 11-2 at home since 2006 ... Gettysburg's opened the year with a 19-13 loss at Lebanon Valley ... QB Matt Flynn is now second on the career passing yardage list at G'burtg with 3,251 yards ... Hampden-Sydney started with a 33-23 win at North Carolina Wesleyan ... TB Josh Simpson piled up 338 all-purpose yards and scored four TDs, while QB Corey Sadler threw for 270 yards and two scores.
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon, 1:00
Radio: SportsJuice. Live Stats: No.
The Blue Jays and the Yellow Jackets meet for the 32nd time in a series that began in 1904 and is tied 15-15-1 ... JHU has won seven straight road openers and the road team in this series has won the last two meetings ... Hopkins won its season opener for the 10th time in 12 tries with a 34-3 win against St. Lawrence ... DB Chris Baldwin had a career day, returning two INTs for touchdowns, scooping up a fumble and returning it for another score and registering 10 tackles ... since 1996, the Jays are 15-7 against members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference ... of the 52 players that saw action last Saturday vs. SLU, 26 were freshmen and sophomores ... R-MC, picked to finish second in the ODAC in its preseason poll, dropped its opener at King's, 34-13 ... RB Zak Thornton, who rushed for a school-record 1,551 yards last season, gained 121 on 30 carries vs. the Monarchs ... a pair of All-ODAC backs lead the defense - Eric Dardozzi and Scott Ahonen.
Juniata at Susquehanna, 1:00
Radio: WQSU-FM. Live Stats: No.
The Eagles and the Crusaders meet for the "Goal Post Trophy" in Selinsgrove ... the trophy is an actual piece of the goal post taken from Susquehanna's University Field by Juniata fans following their team's 12-7 upset of the Crusaders on Nov. 1, 1952 ... SU holds a 24-23-1 edge in Goal Post games, but JC leads the all-time series, 34-31-3 ... Juniata dropped its opener to Allegheny, 34-18, while Susquehanna fell at Moravian, 27-14 ... QB Jay Leonard threw for 206 yards vs. the Gators, while LB Tyler Hall made 15 tackles ... RB Dave Paveletz ran for 117 yards and two TDs to move into 5th place on the all-time Crusader rushing list (2,120) ... LB Pete Johnsen made a game-high 14 tackles vs. the 'Hounds.
Lebanon Valley at Ursinus, 1:00
Radio: WMSS-FM. Live Stats: Yes.
The Bears and the Flying Dutchmen renew acquaintances for the first time since 2000 and the 38th all-time ... it is the 110th anniversary of the teams' first game, won by Ursinus, 6-0, on Oct. 4, 1898, with LVC holding a 20-17 series advantage ... the Bears have won seven straight in the series since 1982 ... Ursinus opened the season with a 34-27 win at Alfred ... the Bear defense forced eight Saxon turnovers, including three by DB Eikeem Barron who recovered two fumbles and returned an INT 80 yards for a touchdown ... RB Mark Jaskowski ran for 109 yards for UC ... LVC opened with a 19-13 win against Gettysburg, as RB Charlie Parker ran for 128 yards and scored on an 82-yard reception.