Maryland Terrapins vs. West Virginia Mountaineers preview
WHAT'S AT STAKE
West Virginia seeks to enhance on its fast start against its first quality opponent following easy wins over Marshall and Norfolk State at home. Maryland hopes to build upon coach Randy Edsall's smashing debut with the Terrapins, a 32-24 victory over Miami on Sept. 5 before a sellout crowd and a national television audience.
The teams play in bordering states, and although this rivalry isn't exactly Army-Navy, bragging rights go to the winner.
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin vs. Maryland's secondary and special teams. Austin is only 5-foot-9, but he's been a big challenge for opposing teams. He has nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown as a wide receiver this season and poses a threat on kickoffs and punts.
He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score against Marshall and averages 22 yards on punt returns, including a 64-yarder.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
West Virginia: QB Geno Smith. The talented junior threw for a career-high 371 yards and four touchdowns last week against Norfolk State and has yet to be intercepted in two games.
Maryland: CB Cameron Chism. The senior took an interception back 54 yards for the clinching touchdown against Miami and also forced a fumble that teammate Joe Vellano carried into the end zone. Chism is also considered to be one of the hardest hitters on a Maryland defense.
FACTS & FIGURES
-Maryland wide receiver Ronnie Tyler, who scored a touchdown in the Terrapins win over Miami, was suspended after being arrested Thursday night on second-degree assault charges, The Diamondback reports.
-Edsall also announced the suspension of WR Quintin McCree for "failing to conduct himself in the proper manner academically, socially and athletically."
-West Virginia has won the last five games in the series,
including a 31-17 rout last year.
-The clash of unbeaten first-year coaches: West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who came from Oklahoma State, is off to a fine start. Randy Edsall, who came to the Terrapins fresh off a Fiesta Bowl appearance with Connecticut, is 1-0 at Maryland but 1-6 lifetime against the Mountaineers.
-West Virginia is 96-97-5 against members of the ACC.
-The Terrapins will unveil their new black uniforms. The program caused a national stir on Labor Day, when they introduced their Maryland Pride uniforms to a national audience.
-Maryland is seeking its first win over a Top 25 team since defeating No. 17 North Carolina in November 2008.