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College football: D.C. area Week 1 preview
NAVY vs. NOTRE DAME
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
TV/radio: Chs. 9, 13, 1500 AM, 1050 AM
Outlook: Notre Dame leads series 72-12-1 and won last year's meeting 56-14. Navy quarterback Trey Miller made his first career start against the Fighting Irish last fall; his second start will also come against the Midshipmen's long-time intersectional rival. Navy will also break in a new starting fullback, as sophomore Noah Copeland takes over for the graduated Alexander Teich. Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees, who started 12 of 13 games last season, is suspended for the opener after an offseason arrest. It is the second time the teams will meet in Ireland; Notre Dame won 54-27 in 1996 on the Emerald Isle.
WILLIAM & MARY at MARYLAND
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park
TV/radio: ESPN3.com, 980 AM
Outlook: Series tied 2-2, and Maryland won the last meeting 27-14 in 2006. The Terrapins are exactly 11 months removed from their last victory and carry a seven-game skid into coach Randy Edsall's second season. It will be a new-look Maryland bunch; more than a dozen players departed with eligibility remaining after last season, including six who started at least a game in 2011. The Terps will field a new starter at tailback after the graduation of Davin Meggett (896 yards last season). The Tribe is coming off a 5-6 year as coach Jimmye Laycock (213 career wins) enters his 33rd season in Williamsburg.
RICHMOND at VIRGINIA
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
TV/radio: CSN, 570 AM
Outlook: Virginia leads series 26-2-2 and won last meeting 34-13 in 2010. The Cavaliers break in a somewhat inexperienced defense -- albeit one with three of its top four tacklers returning -- against the Spiders, who are in their first game under former Virginia assistant Danny Rocco. He is the uncle of Cavaliers QB Michael Rocco, who threw for 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first year as a starter last season. Coach Mike London is 4-0 in his career in season openers, and Virginia is seeking only its second three-year winning streak in season openers since 1953; the Cavaliers also did it in 2002-05.
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