Tight end Jermaine Gresham has cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss third-ranked Oklahoma's season opener against 20th-ranked Brigham Young tomorrow.

Gresham's injury, suffered Tuesday at practice, is being continually evaluated, coach Bob Stoops said yesterday.

After strongly considering entering the NFL draft in April, Gresham, the 14th-ranked NFL prospect in Scouts Inc.'s top 100, returned to Oklahoma.

Game goes on. UCLA will play its season-opening game against San Diego State tomorrow at the Rose Bowl despite the wildfires in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the decision to play was made after Pasadena officials were consulted and projected air-quality conditions at the stadium were discussed.

The Rose Bowl is fewer than 10 miles south of the fires burning in the Angeles National Forest.

Spartans' message. Michigan State has added a decal to its helmets to show support for the economically struggling state.

The Spartans will wear a sticker with a silver outline of Michigan on the backs of their helmets this season, starting with tomorrow's opener against visiting Montana State. The "Silver Lining" decal is intended to symbolize the university's commitment to help the state move toward a brighter future.

Michigan's unemployment rate was 15 percent in July. Federal statistics show the state has had at least a share of the nation's highest jobless rate for 41 consecutive months.

Michigan State is continuing a corporate sponsorship partnership with General Motors, but is waiving the automaker's annual sponsorship fee.

Guest at Ohio State. Ohio native John Glenn, the former fighter pilot, astronaut and senator, and his wife, Annie, will dot the "i" tomorrow when Ohio State hosts Navy.

The Glenns will have the honor at halftime when the Ohio State alumni band, marching in formation, spells out Ohio on the field.

Only a handful of non-band members have dotted the i, including comedian Bob Hope, golfer Jack Nicklaus, and legendary former Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes.

Glenn, 88, a native of New Concord, Ohio, graduated from the Naval Academy, then entered the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot in World War II. In 1962, he became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth. He also spent 24 years in the Senate.