While Maryland has lost four of its last six games, Georgia Tech has lost four of its last five contests, including a 41-17 drubbing at the hands of BYU in Week 9.
Let's just say 4-4 Maryland and 3-5 Georgia Tech have some work to do to get back to respectability in the ACC.
One thing to note, though: The Terrapins have lost three games by a combined eight points and hung around with then-No. 8 West Virginia in Week 4.
Here's a look at the ACC matchup on Saturday.
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: Georgia Tech -7.5, via ScoresAndOdds.com
What's At Stake?
At this point for Georgia Tech and Maryland, you start thinking of any victory as a good sign.
Both programs may have an outside shot of making a bowl game this season, but closing the 2012-2013 campaign off strong could give them confidence going into next year.
What's at stake?
Injury Report (via USA Today)
OL Will Jackson - Shoulder - Questionable
OL Errin Joe - Undisclosed - Questionable
K David Scully - Hip - Questionable
TE Dave Stinebaugh - Back - Questionable
DL Justin Anderson - Ankle - Questionable
OL Sal Conaboy - Ankle - Questionable
OL Bennett Fulper - Toe - Questionable
WR Kerry Boykins - Hip - Questionable
LB L.A. Goree - Neck - Questionable
DB Matt Robinson - Groin - Questionable
What They're Saying
After a 3-5 start, Georgia Tech may need to make some changes, and that could see current starting quarterback Tevin Washington give way to backup Vad Lee.
When asked if there would be a change at quarterback this week, coach Paul Johnson said "we'll see," via Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lee is 11-of-22 for 251 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry this season. Washington has averaged 9.8 yards per pass attempt while throwing four touchdowns to three interceptions. The senior is averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
While Georgia Tech may make a change because of Washington's performance thus far, Maryland has to make a change because there is simply no one left at quarterback.
After the Terrapins lost five quarterbacks to either transfer or injury, freshman Caleb Rowe tore his ACL last week in the 20-17 loss to Boston College.
That leaves Maryland going with backup Shawn Petty, via the Washington Times.
Currently a linebacker, Petty hasn't played quarterback since high school.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch: Tevin Washington/Vad Lee, QB
Whoever starts at quarterback this week, he's going to have to play much better than what the Yellow Jackets witnessed against BYU.
The worst thing about the 41-17 loss?
Only three points were scored by the offense. Two scores came via an interception for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Maryland Player to Watch: Shawn Petty, QB
With no collegiate experience under center, it's going to be interesting how Petty responds to his name being called on Saturday.
The good news?
Georgia Tech has not only allowed 29.9 points per game this season (81st in the nation), it has also allowed 7.4 yards per pass attempt (tied for 79th) while ceding 14 passing touchdowns.
Key Matchup: Maryland Passing Game vs. Georgia Tech Pass Defense
It's hard to know what to expect out of Petty, but given Maryland's rushing attack has been downright horrid this season (2.33 yards per carry, 122nd in the nation), if Georgia Tech can simply limit Petty the Yellow Jackets should be able to win this game.
The Georgia Tech run defense got eaten up by BYU last week, but the pass defense wasn't horrible against Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, Maryland 13
Maryland was already having problems scoring before Rowe went down last week. Now, with an unproven freshman under center, I simply can't see the Terrapins scoring much against the Yellow Jackets, even with Georgia Tech's poor defense.
I expect the Georgia Tech offense to do enough to win this game.
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