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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago Maryland had the Atlantic Division title at its fingertips. They let it slip away with back-to-back losses against Florida State and Boston College and will now travel to Boise, where they will face a Nevada team that finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Athletic Conference behind undefeated Boise State.
Nevada won three of its last four regular-season games and has one of the top offenses in the nation, ranking fifth in total offense (510.6 yards per game) and second in rushing (291.4 ypg). Running back Vai Taua has rushed for 1,420 yards, while quarterback Colin Kaepernick has 1,115 rushing yards and 2,479 passing yards.
It will be a legitimate test for a defense that has been inconsistent all season. Maryland has struggled to run the ball well consistently this season, and has twice been held to negative yardage. Nevada ranks fifth in the country in rushing defense (74.5 ypg). It will also be a tough challenge for the Terps' offensive line, which has struggled in the past two games to protect quarterback Chris Turner. Kevin Basped (10.0) and Dontay Moch (9.5) have combined for almost 20 sacks.