CHARLOTTESVILLE —- A little more than an hour until kickoff at Scott Stadium, where Maryland (3-2) is in town to play Virginia (2-4).
Here’s a few predictions to consider before things get underway.
1. Justus Pickett will start at tailback —- assuming a tailback is on the field to start. With Wes Brown out, Pickett becomes the logical starter based on coach Randy Edsall‘s comments earlier in the week. Call it a half-point if Maryland comes out with five wide receivers.
2. Kenneth Tate will start at linebacker. It’s time, particularly after an absurdly productive 44 snaps last week. Expect both Tate and sophomore Alex Twine to continue to split time at strong-side linebacker.
3. Virginia will use multiple quarterbacks. This might not be the plan, but the Cavaliers have used both Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims in all six games to date. That’s a trend not worth betting against.
4. It will be a 10-tackle day for Demetrius Hartsfield. The senior leads the Terps with 43 tackles (4.5 for loss, three sacks) and surpassed the 300-tackle plateau for his career last week. He’ll make his 35th career start this week.
5. Maryland will win. The road team has won five of the last six series, and Virginia has not played well over the last month. The Terps’ penchant for surviving close games should get them to 4-2 by day’s end.
—- Patrick Stevens