Edsall: Head-scratching plays still a problem
Matchup: Maryland (6-5, 2-5 ACC) at NC State (3-8, 0-7 ACC)
Date: Nov. 30, 2013
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
Spread: Maryland (-3.0)
THREE-POINT STANCE: THREE KEYS TO WATCH
- After a major letdown loss to Boston College on Saturday, Maryland plays its last ever ACC game on the road against NC State. The Terrapins are fortunate that this is not the game that will determine their bowl eligibility, as they’ve already notched their sixth win of the season.
But Maryland continues to try to improve its bowl positioning and a win would be another step in that direction. NC State is winless in ACC play and has lost its last seven games. Over those seven games, the Wolfpack have lost by an average of 16.85 points per contest.
- The Terrapins had trouble last weekend with Heisman candidate and BC running back Andre Williams, who went for 263 yards in the Eagles’ win. Maryland faces another top 10 running back in the conference on Saturday, though he’s not in Williams’ league, in sophomore Shadrach Thornton.
Thornton has reached the 100-yard mark twice, including amassing 173 yards on the ground against Florida State.
- If you’ve suffered injury problems throughout the season as Maryland has, they typically don’t heal themselves by this point in the season. The linebacking corps is still banged up, with Alex Twine ruled out and Cole Farrand questionable. Farrand missed last Saturday’s game against Boston College.
The one positive is in the secondary, where cornerback Jeremiah Johnson is listed as questionable. He has not played or even been listed on the injury report with the possibility of playing since injuring his toe in Week 1 against Florida International.
WHAT'S ON THE LINE?
Bowl eligibility is secure, but Maryland has a chance to guarantee its first winning season since 2010--and the first of Randy Edsall’s tenure--with a win on Saturday. A range of bowl possibilities remain for Maryland, including the Music City Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the most likely destination, the Military Bowl.
FULL INJURY REPORT
DB Milan Collins | Ankle | Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil | Upper Body | Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs | Leg | Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney | Knee | Out for the season
WR Deon Long | Leg | Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle | Shoulder | Out for the season
DL Mike Minter | Knee | Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara | Shoulder | Out for the season
LS Greg Parcher | Abdomen | Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker | Knee | Out for the season
WR DeAndre Lane | Hamstring | Out
LB Alex Twine | Ankle | Out
WR Malcolm Culmer | Ankle| Doubtful
DB | Jeremiah Johnson | Toe | Questionable
LB Cole Farrand | Shoulder | Questionable
DB Zach Dancel | Hip | Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh | Knee | Probable