Five game-day predictions: Maryland-N.C. State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Some things to keep an eye out for in Maryland’s season finale at N.C. State …

1. Demetrius Hartsfield will collect at least 10 tackles. The Maryland junior has three straight double-digit tackle games since returning from injury. The Raleigh native will celebrate his homecoming with another big game.

2. David Amerson will have an interception for N.C. State. The sophomore leads the country with 11 interceptions, including one in three straight weeks. Maryland will probably need to throw at some point. When that happens, look for Amerson to pounce.

3. T.J. Graham will have a 50-yard kickoff return. The Terps haven’t been quite so feeble in kickoff coverage in recent weeks, and Graham hasn’t broken loose very often this year. Still, he’s the ACC career kickoff return yardage leader (2,989 yards) and could exploit Maryland’s often-shoddy special teams.

4. N.C. State will not roll up 500 yards. Yes, Maryland has given up 500 yards in four of the last six week. It’s fair to wonder, though, whether the Wolfpack can do quite that much damage. Tom O’Brien’s team has not managed more than 424 total yards this season. That won’t change this afternoon.

5. N.C. State will win by double digits. The Wolfpack will lock up bowl eligibility and send Maryland to a 10-loss season by a fairly comfortable margin. In the process, Maryland will become the first major-conference team ever to sandwich a winning season between a pair of 10-loss seasons.

Patrick Stevens

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