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Maryland head coach Randy Edsall's Terrapins cracked The Associated Press Top 25 at No. 25 this week.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
MARYLAND AT FLORIDA STATE
Noon Saturday | ESPN
Maryland (4-0, 0-0), which won only four games last fall, cracked The Associated Press Top 25 at No. 25 this week.
“I had a tremendous amount of [preseason] confidence in our team,” coach Randy Edsall said. “What we went through a year ago I think made us stronger. We went through a lot of adversity [from injuries].”
No. 8 FSU (4-0, 2-0) boasts QB Jameis Winston.
“He can do it all,” Edsall said.
But the Terrapins are tied for second nationally in sacks (4.3 per game).
“They really understand what it takes to be a good pass rusher,” Edsall said. “We’ve done some things schematically, we try to put our guys in the best position to be successful, but ultimately it’s the abilities of those kids.”
GEORGIA TECH AT MIAMI
3:30 p.m. Saturday | ESPNU
After losing 17-10 to Virginia Tech last weekend, the Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-1) must face another stingy defense. Miami (4-0, 0-0) ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense (12.5 ppg).
“We kind of self-destructed last week,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “You turn the ball over and have a penalty on five out of nine drives and do those kind of things, you’re not going to be very successful no matter who you play. Certainly Virginia Tech’s very good defensively, but they didn’t need our help. We helped them a bunch, too, so we’ve got to try to do away with that stuff.”
Georgia Tech is tied for eighth nationally in scoring defense (12.8 ppg).
“It’s going to be a great challenge,” UM coach Al Golden said of facing Georgia Tech’s defense.
QB Stephen Morris, who left last weekend’s game at South Florida with a bruised ankle for the second straight week, is expected to play Saturday for No. 14 Miami.
CLEMSON AT SYRACUSE
3:30 p.m. Saturday | WSET
The No. 3 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) visit the Carrier Dome for the first ACC game in Syracuse history.
“I challenged the students to come out and make it a mess out for them, make it the loudest ‘The Loud House’ has been in years,” coach Scott Shafer of Syracuse (2-2, 0-0) said.
Clemson ranks 26th nationally in scoring defense (17.3 ppg).
“We were just OK on defense last year,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “We were very young last year. Those guys have just matured, grown up, gotten better.”
ARMY AT BOSTON COLLEGE
1 p.m. Saturday | ESPN3.com
BC (2-2) and Army (2-3) are preparing for a game that might not be played. In the wake of the government shutdown, the service academies have been cancelling their sporting events.
A decision about the game should be made by noon today.
“We have been … offering financial assistance to Army for travel,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement Wednesday. “We have been told by officials at the U.S. Military Academy, however, that this is not solely a financial decision.”
BC is coming off a 48-34 loss to Florida State — the most points the Eagles have ever scored in that series.
“I want our team to understand that that level of intensity and passion is not extraordinary, it’s what’s supposed to be,” coach Steve Addazio said. “We’ve got to find a way to generate that every week.”
N.C. STATE AT WAKE FOREST
3:30 p.m. Saturday | CSN
This is the road opener for North Carolina State (3-1, 0-1), which has lost five straight games at Wake. State’s last win there came in 2001.
“For our program to move from [being] a challenging opponent to being a contender, we have to be able to take our show on the road,” State coach Dave Doeren said. “We have to be able to bottle up our energy that we have at Carter-Finley and take it somewhere else.
“It’s been a big conversation piece this week but in the offseason, [being better on the road] was something we talked about a lot.”
Wake (2-3, 0-2) is ranked 105th nationally in scoring offense (18.4 ppg).
“We’re trying to figure out what we do best and it’s really tough,” coach Jim Grobe said.
GUILFORD AT W&L
7 p.m. Saturday
The Generals (2-1, 0-0 ODAC) look to defeat Guilford (1-2, 0-0) for the fifth straight season.
W&L ran for 458 yards against Sewanee with its option attack last weekend, the seventh-best total ever by an ODAC team. But Nick Lombardo completed just one of two passes for 1 yard. W&L ranks second in Division III in rushing offense (387.3 ypg) but last in passing offense (6.7 ypg).
“It’s not a real big concern,” coach Scott Abell said of the passing game. “Year in and year out, this is the best scheme for us to be successful with our challenges academically in who we’re recruiting.”
Abell, whose team averaged 67.5 yards through the air last fall, said the youth of Lombardo’s targets is also a factor in the lack of a passing game this year.
W&L has won 16 straight home games — the third-longest active streak in Division III. Mount Union has won 57 in a row, and Trinity (Conn.) has won 49 straight.
LB Sam Zimmer, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, will play Saturday.
GREENSBORO AT FERRUM
2 p.m. Saturday
The Panthers (0-4, 0-1 USA South) seek to beat Greensboro (1-3, 0-1) for the fourth straight year.
Ferrum ranks 239th out of 242 Division III teams in scoring defense (49.8 ppg), total defense (561.8 ypg) and pass defense (329.3 ypg).
Greensboro averages 212.5 yards passing and 101.2 yards rushing.
“They’re going to spread you out,” Ferrum coach Dave Harper said. “If you spread out too wide, they’re going to run it and if you don’t spread out enough, they’re going to deke you and dunk you on the corners. Underneath [pass] coverage and stopping the run will be critical.”
Ferrum OT Cody Jones, who suffered a gash on his head in a car accident, will miss his second straight game.
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