Less than seven hours to kickoff in College Park. Here’s what to look for from Maryland and N.C. State.
1. Maryland will run for positive yardage. It might not be much. In fact, given the first six games and the tattered offensive line, it probably won’t be. But the Terps will do better than a week ago, when their game-ending kneel downs ran out both the clock and their modest gains on the ground.
2. Josh Cary will start at left guard. The junior is the next man up with Bennett Fulper shelved with turf toe, playing for much of the second half last week at Virginia. Cary has nine starts to his name, making him the most experienced of Maryland’s reserve linemen.
3. Look for less than 200 yards passing from the Terps. Maryland and quarterback Perry Hills have swung between modest outings (William & Mary, Connecticut, Wake Forest) and solid performances (Temple, West Virginia and Virginia). N.C. State, with the benefit of its bye week, should be ready to fluster the freshman.
4. Devin Burns will at least double his total snaps from the first half of the season. The Terps’ backup quarterback was on the field for one play at West Virginia and two plays at Virginia. There have been hints Maryland would like to use him a little more, and its inert running game provides a clear reason to mix things up a little.
5. N.C. State will break its 16-game division road losing streak. It’s got to happen eventually for the Wolfpack, who haven’t beaten an Atlantic Division team on the road since November 2005. N.C. State’s a step up from the teams Maryland downed the last couple weeks, and the Wolfpack is capable of scraping together the sort of close victory the Terps have specialized in this season.
—- Patrick Stevens