- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2011

VIRGINIA (5-3, 2-2 ACC) at MARYLAND (2-6, 1-4)
When: 12:30
Where: Byrd Stadium
TV/radio: Chs. 5, 13, 570 AM, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM
Breakdown: Maryland leads series 42-31-2 and won last year’s meeting 42-23 in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers can become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007 with a victory. That also happens to be the last time Virginia won a game in November. The Cavaliers have dropped 14 straight post-Halloween games, and should have a chance to snap the skid against Maryland or Duke in the next two weeks. Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco has thrown for five touchdowns and one interception in his last four games. Maryland is ranked 118th nationally in rushing defense and has yielded 250 yards on the ground in four of its last six games.

TROY (2-5) at NAVY (2-6)
When: 3:30
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, 1050 AM, 1500 AM
Breakdown: First meeting. The Midshipmen have dropped six in a row and enter their home finale needing to win four straight to earn an invitation to the Military Bowl. Like Navy, Troy is in the throes of an atypically shaky year; the Trojans’ last losing season was in 2005. Neither team is stout against the pass  the Trojans are 105th nationally in pass efficiency defense, while the Mids are 111th. Navy has not lost on Senior Day since 2002, which is also the last time the Mids did not play in a postseason game.