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Saturday, September 18, 2010
West Virginia-Maryland pregame ponderables

By Brian Bennett

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Greetings from sunny Milan-Puskar Stadium, where West Virginia and Maryland will renew their border war this afternoon.

The No. 21 Mountaineers need a good performance today following their overtime win at Marshall. Should West Virginia easily dispatch the Terrapins, we can just chalk up the Marshall game as a hiccup in a rivalry road hornets nest. Should the Mountaineers struggle, then there may be bigger issues, especially with LSU coming up next week. Should Maryland win, well, it would just be another pin in the Big East's balloon.

It's a show-me game for the Terrapins as well. They're 2-0, but with a white-knuckler over Navy and a romp over Morgan State. They have matched their entire win total from 2009, but today will prove just how much better they actually are.

Maryland will want to run the ball with Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett, who are averaging 7.5 yards per carry so far this season. The Terps' passing attack has been kept mostly under wraps so far this season.

West Virginia has found lots of success in the short passing game, with Geno Smith completing better than 72 percent of his passes. The offensive line is looking for a bounce-back game, and Noel Devine is due for a breakout performance.

It should be an interesting one today. I'll be back with much more.