Originally posted on Lambeth Field  |  Last updated 10/9/13
For most of you, it has been a very trying week. While the thought of a bowl game is pretty much out of the picture, the Hoos are focused on trying to salvage a season at or better than the previous season. While a 4-8 or 5-7 mark now might look pretty hard, there are a few games where Virginia has a fighting chance, and this week is one of those opportunities. Queue up Maryland for a chance to get to .500 and one last shot for a win in this rivalry game. Maryland History Where to start? The Hoos and Terps have been playing each other since 1919 and Maryland holds the series advantage 32-43-2. An interesting fact in the London administration is that the away team has won the last 3 matchups. In 2010, D.J Adams scored 3 rushing touchdowns as MD won 42-23. In 2011, UVa became bowl eligible with their 31-13 victory in College Park, thanks to Perry Jones 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Finally last season, the Terps took a 17-0 lead and held on to win 27-20 as Stefon Diggs returned the opening touchdown and Perry Hillis accounted for 2 touchdowns. Maryland Now The Terps have gotten off to a great start. At 4-1, they have already matched last season’s win total. They begin the 2013 season with 4 straight wins over FIU, ODU, UCONN, and West Virginia, before getting drubbed by Florida State 63-0 last week. Offense Scenario #1: C.J. Brown, who is responsible for 13 touchdowns on the season, is the perfect dual threat QB in this spread offense and will (1) hand it off to leading rusher Brandon Ross (331 yards, 2 TD), (2) throw it to their two big play receivers Stefon Diggs (424 yards, 3 TDs) and Deon Long (348 yards, 1 yards), or (3) keep it himself, where he is the second in rushing yards with 286 and 6 touchdowns. Scenario #2: Caleb Rowe starts and will run the offense rather than be the center of it. He went 9/17 last week after the Brown injury with 119 yards passing. Defense Maryland will run a 3-4 with a down linebacker. Watch out for leading tacklers LBs L.A. Goree (31 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack) and Matt Robinson (31 tackles, 3.5 TFL). Cornerback Dexter McDougle leads the team with 3 interceptions. Outlook I don’t know what to say anymore. If C.J. Brown plays, Maryland has too much offense for UVa. If Caleb Rowe starts, then they probably have enough offense to beat us. The line is UVa +7 and I don’t think that is enough. I have oversold UVa this year, but not this week. Prediction: Maryland 31, UVa 14.
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