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College football: D.C. area Week 4 preview
Question of the Day
MARYLAND (2-1) at No. 8 WEST VIRGINIA (2-0)
Where: Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, W. Va.
TV/radio: FX, 980 AM
Outlook: West Virginia leads series 25-21-2 and has won the last six meetings. The Terrapins take their unbalanced team — eighth nationally in total defense, 119th (of 120 teams) in total offense — west to face the potent Mountaineers, who are in their first year in the Big 12. The key matchup pits the country’s No. 6 pass defense against West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who is ranked second nationally in individual total offense (408.5 yards). Maryland coach Randy Edsall is 1-19 in his career against ranked teams, including 0-6 against the Mountaineers when they are ranked.
VIRGINIA (2-1) at No.17 TEXAS CHRISTIAN (2-0)
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
TV/radio: ESPN, 570 AM
Outlook: Series tied 1-1, and the Horned Frogs won the last meeting 30-14 in Charlottesville in 2009. The Cavaliers are not a statistically promising lot despite a couple early victories. Virginia ranks in the top third of the ACC in only two of the 17 team categories the NCAA tracks: Kickoff returns (third) and net punting (fourth). Those are not the foundational strengths of a great team. The Cavaliers are 3-3 against ranked teams under coach Mike London. The Horned Frogs lead the country in pass efficiency and second in scoring defense after dispatching Grambling and Kansas to open the season.
BOWLING GREEN (1-2) at VIRGINIA TECH (2-1)
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
TV/radio: ESPNU, 106.7 FM
Outlook: Virginia Tech leads series 2-0 and won last meeting 33-16 in 1993. The Hokies tumbled out of the national rankings for the first time in nearly two years after their loss at Pittsburgh last week and have struggled on offense against both of their major-college opponents. The 100th-ranked rush defense in the country (a number influenced by an early meeting with Georgia Tech) hasn’t helped, either. The Falcons are led by former Richmond coach Dave Clawson and are 0-5 all-time against current ACC members, with the last setback a 55-24 loss at Boston College in 2007.
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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