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1. Da’Rel Scott will wind up with at least a half-dozen carries.
The junior is expected to return for today’s game after missing six weeks with a broken left radius bone. Betting on Maryland to commit to the run isn’t a smart move —- the Terps’ tailbacks combined for six carries last week —- but there will at least be an attempt to involve Scott.
2. Another week, another 10-tackle performance from Alex Wujciak.
That would make nine in the last 10 games for the junior, who joins Torrey Smith as the only realistic all-conference possibilities on this team. Wujciak ranks first in the ACC with 113 tackles. Some of that is a function of opportunity, but it’s also a reflection of talent.
3. Torrey Smith will end the day in second place on the ACC kickoff return yardage list.
Smith needs 69 return yards to jump from fourth to second, and Florida State will kick to him enough to make it happen —- perhaps on a single play.
4. The offense will struggle —- yet again.
The drive charts since Chris Turner sprained his left MCL aren’t pretty.
3 Missed FGs
That’s six points in 18 possessions, with the only touchdowns coming on special teams (Smith) and defense (Jared Harrell‘s fumble recovery in the end zone). Even against a softer defense than Virginia Tech’s, it’s tough to see Maryland gaining much traction.
5. Maryland will go 0-for-the-road.
The Terps have dropped seven straight true road games dating back to last year’s surprising victory at Clemson. That includes four setbacks in this lost season. With a backup quarterback functioning in a limited offense against a team in dire need of a victory for bowl eligibility, the odds don’t look good for Maryland today.
—- Patrick Stevens