Scouting report: Maryland vs. Florida State

November 19, 2010|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Florida State (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Maryland (7-3, 4-2 ACC)

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

Broadcast: ABC-TV (WMAR)

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Series: Florida State leads 18-2

Last meeting: Florida State defeated Maryland, 29-26, on Nov. 21, 2009 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Maryland offense vs. Florida State defense: The Terps are trying to win five conference games for the first time since 2006. Maryland is 4-0 at home. QB Danny O'Brien has already set the single-season freshman passing yards record. Florida State will clinch the Atlantic Division title with the win and and a North Carolina State loss. The Seminoles are second in the ACC in rushing defense (110.8 yards per game) and DE Brandon Jenkins averages one sack per game, second in the ACC.

Florida State offense vs. Maryland defense: Senior QB Christian Ponder is expected to return for the Seminoles. Backup QB E.J. Manuel became 4-1 as a starter after a win over Clemson last week. "I think both of them are good passers [and] both of them are big quarterbacks," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. The Maryland defense continues to thrive on takeaways — 15 interceptions is the program's most since 2002.

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