Maryland Terrapins look to stay undefeated against Florida State
All Eyes On Florida State For The Undefeated Terrapins
Coming off a dominating 37-0 win over West Virginia this past Saturday, Maryland football is riding high heading into their first bye week of the season. The team is now 4-0, and they have looked impressive in every uniform combination they have trotted out in. With their first major test in Florida State coming up October 5th, can the Terps come up with a plan to score the upset?
Coach Randy Edsall knew going into the season that he had a pretty good team in College Park this year. The first two wins were rather easy ones over Florida International and Old Dominion, but the coaching staff knew that games against Connecticut and West Virginia would be more telling before starting up ACC play.
The offense has responded by putting up fantasy football type numbers, scoring at least 32 points in all four contests. Defensively, they have been solid as well, giving up just 41 points the entire season. So can this translate when facing off against teams like Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and more?
CJ Brown has certainly answered the call early this season, averaging 260.8 passing yards and 70.8 rushing yards per contest. This has been done in somewhat limited action as well, thanks to runaway leads late in games. His excellent fantasy football numbers have been impressive thanks in large part to his favorite target, Stefon Diggs. The wide receiver already has 18 catches for 400 yards and three touchdowns this season.
This trip to Tallahassee will be the pivotal moment of the season. Maryland is on the cusp of the top 25, receiving votes in polls this past week. If they can knock off Florida State, they would shoot up the rankings and instantly be in the discussion for a possible BCS bowl game.
The Seminoles have been an offensive juggernaut through their first three games, but one advantage Maryland will have is that their opponents have to travel to Boston College this week. Utilizing that extra preparation time could be the key for Maryland to shake up the ACC and knock off one of the favorites.