Five game-day predictions: Maryland-Connecticut

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So the day is finally upon us. Edsall Bowl I will unfold at Byrd Stadium in another three hours.

Frankly, Edsall Bowl II – Maryland’s scheduled visit to Connecticut early next season – is a bit more interesting. But this will have to do for now.

As for what to watch for besides Terrapins coach Randy Edsall ignoring his reception for UConn and Maryland fans alike? Here’s five items …

1. Maryland won’t commit four turnovers.

After two straight four-turnover outings, look for the Terps to finally take better care of the ball against the Huskies. If they don’t? Well, Connecticut will probably make Maryland pay for its miscues more than William & Mary and Temple did.

2. Connecticut’s Trevardo Williams will have two sacks.

The yielded four sacks a week ago to Temple, and Williams had 2.5 sacks against N.C. State last week. The defensive end has thrived in UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown’s complex scheme, and he’ll be one of the players to keep an eye on as Brown faces Maryland for the first time since his two-year stint as the Terps’ defensive coordinator (2009-10).

3. It will be a five-catch day for Kevin Dorsey.

Eventually, the senior is going to have a breakout week after hauling in one reception in both of the Terps’ first two games. Those receptions were important – a pair of third-down conversions that extended fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Look for Dorsey to play a more prominent role in Maryland’s offense this week.

4. Maryland tailback Brandon Ross won’t have a carry.

The redshirt freshman is listed as probable after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. Edsall also said Thursday he worked with the scout team all week. For the last couple weeks, spending a week with the scout team has essentially meant “he’ll probably be ready to go next week” in Edsall-ese. Expect Justus Pickett, Wes Brown and Albert Reid to handle the tailback duties for the Terps.

5. Both teams will lead at some point in the fourth quarter.

It has all the makings of a toss-up game, so rather than pick a winner this morning, let’s just say both teams will have a serious chance to secure a victory in the final 10 minutes.

Patrick Stevens

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