Today's game

November 17, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

Matchup -- Maryland (5-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Florida State (6-4, 3-4)

Time -- Noon

Site -- Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

TV -- Chs. 13, 20

Radio -- 1300 AM, 105.7 FM

Line -- Florida State by 7 1/2

Series -- Florida State leads 15-2

Last meeting -- Maryland won, 27-24, on Oct. 21, 2006, at Byrd Stadium

Maryland offense vs. Florida State defense -- The Terps will have their work cut out running against a Florida State defense that is allowing only 2.9 yards per rush and 100.2 yards per game. Keon Lattimore (groin) should return to split duty at tailback with Lance Ball. QB Chris Turner will try to take advantage of a Florida State secondary that ranks 10th in pass defense in the ACC, with 232.7 yards allowed per game, and has given up 16 touchdown passes. The Terps expect to have LT Scott Burley (ankles) but won't get G Andrew Crummey back this week. Florida State has 23 takeaways this season, 2.3 per game.

Maryland defense vs. Florida State offense -- The Seminoles are second in the ACC in passing offense, but QB Drew Weatherford is coming off a concussion in the team's loss to Virginia Tech. Weatherford is expected to start and will be backed up by redshirt freshman Christian Ponder, not Xavier Lee, who came off academic suspension this week. Florida State's top two tailbacks, Antone Smith and Jamaal Edwards, suffered shoulder injuries in last week's game. The Terps expect LB Erin Henderson to play again despite continued back problems. KEN MURRAY

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