- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2011

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DUKE (3-6, 1-4 ACC) at VIRGINIA (6-3, 3-2)

When: 3

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville

TV/radio: CSN, 570 AM

Breakdown: Virginia leads series 32-30, though Duke has won the last three years. The Cavaliers became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007 last week, snapping a 13-game November losing streak in the process. The next step is finally exorcising their recent struggles with the Blue Devils, who are on the verge of clinching their 17th straight season without a postseason appearance. Virginia wideout Kris Burd needs three catches to pass Heath Miller for second on the school’s career receptions list. Duke wideout Donovan Varner needs three catches to surpass Clarkston Hines as the school’s career receptions leader.

NAVY (3-6) at SOUTHERN METHODIST (6-3)

When: 3:30

Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

TV/radio: CSN+, 1050 AM, 1500 AM

Breakdown: Navy leads series 8-7 and has won meetings the last three seasons. The Midshipmen are coming off their first win in nearly two months, in part because of the return of quarterback Kriss Proctor and slotback Aaron Santiago from injuries. It is a homecoming for 20 Texas natives on Navy’s roster, including senior fullback Alexander Teich, who rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s game against SMU. The Mustangs are off to their best start since 1985, the program’s penultimate season before it was shut down by the NCAA-mandated death penalty.

MARYLAND (2-7) vs. NOTRE DAME (6-3)

When: 7:30

Where: FedEx Field

TV/radio: Chs. 4, 11, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM

Breakdown: Notre Dame leads series 1-0 and won lone meeting 22-0 in 2002 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Terrapins enter the final quarter of their disastrous first season under coach Randy Edsall, whose career record is now below .500 (76-77), by facing a Fighting Irish team that’s won six of its last seven. Maryland has yet to defeat a team with its regular starting quarterback available and is winless against major-college opponents since its Labor Day defeat of a depleted Miami team. Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd has caught a touchdown in four of the last five games.

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