Tonight's game

September 01, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Villanova (0-0) @Maryland (0-0)

Time -- 6

TV -- Tape delayed by Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. tomorrow

Radio -- 1300 AM, 105.7 FM

Series -- Maryland leads 8-2

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 7-3, on Sept. 6, 1980

Maryland offense vs. Villanova defense -- First-year starting quarterback Jordan Steffy will be throwing against a 3-3-5 defense that uses three safeties in a scheme similar to what the Terps will see against West Virginia. Villanova's secondary will face one of the top receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, though, in Darrius Heyward-Bey. Maryland's 300-pound offensive linemen will have a definite height and size advantage, and could pave the way for senior running backs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore.

Maryland defense vs. Villanova offense -- The Terps' biggest advantage is up front, where Jeremy Navarre and Dre Moore - both returning starters on the defensive line - should be mismatches against the Wildcats' depleted offensive line. Villanova lost three starters to graduation, and had four injuries this summer. The Wildcats are expected to start true freshmen Thomas Weaver at center, and Ben Ijalana at tackle. Villanova sophomore quarterback Antwon Young is making his first start, but senior running back Matt Dicken averaged a touchdown every 9.4 carries last season.

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