College football: Week 9 preview

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MARYLAND (4-3, 2-1 ACC) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1-6, 0-4)

When: 1PM

Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TV/radio: ESPN3, 980 AM

Outlook: Boston College leads series 6-3 and won last year’s meeting in College Park 28-17. Despite the loss of quarterback Perry Hills to a left knee injury, the Terrapins still harbor realistic bowl hopes — though they would be severely damaged with a loss against the scuffling Eagles. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield has 324 career tackles and needs only six to break into the top 15 in school history. Maryland’s Stefon Diggs and Boston College’s Alex Amidon are among five players in the ACC with at least three receptions in every game this season. The Eagles, long known for their rugged front sevens, rank 118th (of 120 teams) in sacks, 119th in rushing defense and last in tackles for loss.

NAVY (4-3) at EAST CAROLINA (5-3)

When: 3:30PM

Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, N.C.

TV/radio: Fox College Sports, 1500 AM, 1050 AM

Outlook: Navy leads series 2-1, though East Carolina won last year’s meeting 38-35 in Annapolis. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds can match Brian Hampton (2006) as the only quarterbacks in the Paul Johnson/Ken Niumatalolo triple-option era (since 2002) to win his first three starts. Navy junior Marcus Thomas ranks second in school history in kickoff return yardage (1,743) and is closing in on Reggie Campbell’s record of 1,905 yards. East Carolina’s Justin Hardy ranks second in Conference USA in both receiving yards per game (93.6) and punt return average (9.0). Navy is 14-6 against Conference USA teams since 2002.

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