Last season West Virginia was able to break the string of embarrassing blowouts that had become routine since Ralph Friedgen came to College Park. They edged out the Terps in OT 19-16. Given that West Virginia is a less talented team than last season and Maryland is a better team than the trainwreck of last year this should be another Maryland victory.
The Mountaineers have a solid defense and a rugged running game but little threat to pass the ball. If the weather turns rainy it will be an advantage for WVU. Their gameplan will probably consist of a power running game and tight defense. They have little chance to win if the game turns into a shootout. Maryland should be able to run against WVU's 3-3-5 stack defense, if they cannot Sam Hollenbach will have to carry the offense and limit mistakes to pull out a win.
In the end Maryland will pull out a close win at home.
Maryland 23 WVU 17
Around the ACC
Miami goes to Clemson this weekend in a big showdown. Clemson has escaped two close games with last second victories. In both they played just well enough to win, but not sharp enough to beat a team with Miami's athletes.
Miami 31 Clemson 20
Florida State travels to Boston for BC's first ACC game. BC has a veteran team and always gave Miami fits in Chestnut Hill. If FSU's quarterback, whoever it turns out to be, can limit mistakes FSU will win another close game.
FSU 17 BC 9