The West Virginia Mountaineers visit the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday after disposing of overmatched Georgia State in Week 3, 41-7.
Redshirt freshman Ford Childress threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns to one interception in the win over the Panthers, giving the Mountaineers faithful some hope moving forward.
Maryland (3-0) has defeated Florida International, Old Dominion and Connecticut so far. In the 32-21 victory over UConn in Week 3, senior C.J. Brown tossed for 277 yards with one touchdown to one interception while rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Here's a look at the matchup on Saturday in Baltimore.
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Maryland -5
West Virginia Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DE Dozie Ezemma (Leg), LB Shaq Petteway (Knee), CB Nana Kyeremeh (Shoulder)
Probable: DL Garrett Hope (Concussion), DL Christian Brown (Leg), LB Isaiah Bruce (Undisclosed), S K.J. Dillon (Knee), LB Doug Rigg (Concussion)
Maryland Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: CB Jeremiah Johnson (Toe), QB Perry Hills (Knee), DT Ty Tucker (Knee), OT JaJuan Dulaney (Knee Surgery), S Milan Collins (Ankle), CB Dexter McDougle (Shoulder)
Doubtful: WR Nigel King (Knee)
Questionable: LB Alex Twine (Oblique), WR Tyrek Cheeseboro (Undisclosed), WR Daniel Adams (Undisclosed), DE Zeke Riser (Ankle), WR Taivon Jacobs (Knee), OT Nick Klemm (Foot), TE Brian McMahon (Shoulder), LB Marc Rodriguez (Hamstring), DT Kingsley Opara (Shoulder), FB Tyler Cierski (Calf), LS Christian Carpenter (Knee)
Top Storyline: Will Changes to Depth Chart Work Wonders for West Virginia?
Not only did the Mountaineers change quarterbacks after the 16-7 loss to Oklahoma in Week 2, they also made changes to the offensive line.
It appeared to work wonders for the offense, albeit against Georgia State. The Mountaineers posted 604 yards of total offense, with senior running back Charles Sims rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown. Pat Eger, formerly used as a guard, played well in his first start at center in place of Tyler Orlosky.
The Mountaineers will need that same spark on offense against Maryland, who figures to put up some points in Baltimore.
Prediction: West Virginia 27, Maryland 24
The loss of senior cornerback Dexter McDougle for the season is a huge blow to Maryland. He had just recorded two interceptions in the win over Georgia State last week before sustaining a shoulder injury.
The Terrapins have been solid against the pass this season (albeit against inferior competition), but McDougle has been a big part of that.
I like the changes Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen has made to the lineup, including naming Ford Childress the starter, and I don't like the loss of McDougle for the Terrapins.
West Virginia wins a close battle in Baltimore as it looks to weather the losses of quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in the offseason.
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