It's game day and the Maryland Terrapins (2-0) are just hours away from facing off against the No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0). The implications for the week three game are high as both teams try to improve to (3-0).
After the ACC had a meltdown last week, Maryland was one of the few teams that were able to come away with a win. The Terrapins have yet to play a conference game, but a win against a non-conference rival will go a long way in cracking the top 25 for the first since 2007. In last week’s most recent AP poll, the Terrapins received six votes.
The Terrapins are coming off a 62-3 beating of FCS Morgan State University, in which starting quarterback Jamarr Robinson and backup Danny O’Brien combined to throw for five touchdown passes.
West Virginia will be a major step up for Maryland in 2010. After going 2-10 in 2009, Maryland enters today’s game with a major chip on their shoulder. The Terrapins have dropped their last five meetings against the Mountaineers.
Today’s game marks the rebirth of Maryland’s longest non-conference rivalry; both teams are set to play each other for the next seven years.
West Virginia barely escaped disaster after edging out Marshall in an overtime victory, 24-21, last week. The Mountaineers were led by sophomore quarterback Geno Smith, who led two late touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers running game is led by senior running back Noel Devine. Devine, who is always a threat to opposing defenses, has gotten 2010 off to a good start: in his first two games, Devine has rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Maryland’s front seven will have their hands full with Devine. In his freshman year, Devine ran the ball five times for 136 yards including a 76-yard run.
The Terrapins are also led by a very stout running game. Maryland’s dual running attack of Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett have combined for 255 yards and two touchdowns. However, Jamarr Robinson has shown his ability to control the field with his legs, running for 121 yards on 17 carries.
West Virginia lost one of its leaders on defense after head coach Bill Stewart suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan after a DUI arrest on Tuesday. His absence could prove to be detrimental to the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers lead the Terps, 23-21-2, in the series all-time.