(WJLA) - The 25th ranked Maryland Terrapins are trying to keep everything in perspective, but there is no denying the magnitude of Saturday’s showdown with the #8 team in America, the Florida State Seminoles, in Tallahassee.
Still riding the momentum of their 37-0 dismantling of the West Virginia Mountaineers, the 4-0 Terps are the surprise of the ACC, and have cracked the top 25 rankings for the first time in three years.
The Seminoles, though, present the greatest challenge that Maryland has faced thus far this season.
"We're 4-0, they're 4-0," senior quarterback C.J. Brown said. "It's a nationally televised game and it doesn't get any better than that."
To stay unbeaten, Maryland will have to contain Florida State's freshman quarterback sensation, Jameis Winston. The young quarterback is living up to his nickname, "Famous Jameis" so far in his college career.
Winston is boasting a stratospheric completion percentage thus far this season - 73.6 percent - and has thrown 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions. His most notable throw came just before last week's win over Boston College; a Hail Mary touchdown pass that put his Seminoles ahead for good.
"He's a strong, tough guy that's hard to bring down," Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. "He's got good escapability and a strong arm. He's a good quarterback."
The Maryland offense is centered around C.J. Brown, who leads the ACC in total offense and has accounted for 13 touchdowns so far this season.
But the Seminoles defense will undoubtedly have to key in on all-around athlete Stefon Diggs, who can burn teams with his speed at receiver and on special teams.
"They rotate a lot of bodies, they have a lot of experience in secondary and at the linebacker level. It will be a good challenge for us," said Brown.
Maryland knows that a rare win in Tallahassee would go a long way toward establishing themselves as a conference title contender.
"It's the biggest game because it's the next game. We're extremely proud of where we're at, but we're not where we need to be," Terrapins offensive lineman Sal Conaboy said.