Florida State is well on its way to playing in a BCS Bowl, but it must first take care of business on the road at Maryland.
This shouldn't be too difficult, considering the Terrapins are starting fifth-string quarterback and former linebacker Shawn Petty, but anything is possible in college football.
The Seminoles already survived a scare at Virginia Tech last week, but the team will need to play much better to continue its current four-game winning streak.
Here is everything you need to know about this ACC battle.
When: November 17 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spread: Florida State (-31) via Vegas Insider
Although this is a large spread, it is a matchup of the No. 4 defense in college football against the No. 114 offense.
Maryland will struggle to score throughout the game, while Florida State should be able to continue its dominant offensive run and win by a large margin.
Injury Report via USA Today
G Jacob Fahrenkrug (Toe)
OL Austin Barron (Undisclosed) Questionable
WR Josh Gehres (Hamstring) Questionable
OL Trey Pettis (Head) Questionable
DB Justin Bright (Head) Questionable
T Garrett Faircloth (Hip) Questionable
LB Ukeme Eligwe (Hand) Questionable
DT Moses McCray (Concussion) Questionable
DT Derrick Mitchell (Back) Questionable
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro (Concussion) Day-to-day
WR Stefon Diggs (Leg) Day-to-day
RB Wes Brown (Ankle) Day-to-day
LB Demetrius Hartsfield (Knee) Out for season
What's at Stake?
Both teams have a lot on the line in the second-to-last game of the season.
Florida State needs a win to clinch the ACC Atlantic division and a spot in the conference title game. A loss would likely give that spot to Clemson.
Meanwhile, Maryland needs to win both of its final two games to simply become eligible for a bowl game. Unfortunately for the Terps, this will be an uphill battle.
Florida State Player to Watch: E.J. Manuel
Against the No. 19 run defense in the nation, E.J. Manuel will have to step up his efforts.
The senior quarterback has been a leader of this team all season long, and he is currently fifth in the country with a 169.3 passer efficiency.
He will need to continue this level of play for his team to succeed, especially as the team prepares for Florida next week.
Maryland Player to Watch: Brandon Ross
With Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown both questionable after missing last week's game against Clemson—not to mention the injuries to all four quarterbacks on the roster—it will be hard for Maryland to succeed on offense.
Brandon Ross rushed for his first career 100-yard game last week as the starting running back. This came off a 12-carry, 66-yard performance the week before.
He hasn't had many chances to succeed this year, but the freshman is starting to make the most of his current opportunity as the focal point of the offense.
Prediction: Florida State 42, Maryland 7
Florida State has struggled in its only two games this year outside the state of Florida. However, Maryland simply does not have enough talent left on offense to believe it can come close to pulling the upset.
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