Week 3 - Maryland Terrapins (2-0) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (0-2)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: September 15, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: SECU Stadium, College Park, MD
How to Watch: FS1
Matchup History: Maryland leads all-time series 44-32-2
Last Meeting: Maryland def. Virginia 27-26 on 10/12/13
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Maryland -14.5
Prediction: Maryland 34, Virginia 17
Official Game Notes: HERE
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The Terps survived a Week 2 scare this past Saturday against Charlotte. The 49ers jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led at halftime before Maryland scored 38 unanswered points on the way to a 38-20 victory to move to 2-0 on the year.
Sophomore running back Roman Hemby had a terrific game, putting up 216 total yards and the game-clinching touchdown in the 4th quarter. He is currently 23rd nationally in rushing yards and will likely be the focal point offensively for the Terps against UVA.
Under Head Coach Mike Locksley, Maryland is 12-1 in non-conference play, with wins over Virginia Tech, West Virginia, NC State, and Syracuse along the way.
The Terps have a history with some of those schools of course, as a former member of the ACC, and that’s where Virginia currently lies.
In their history, Maryland and Virginia have squared off 78 times, but never in the past ten years. The last time they played it was a classic, resulting in a 27-26 Maryland win in College Park.
If quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa can clean up some of the turnovers from last week and Hemby does his thing running the ball, while the defense plays the way it did for all but one of the first eight quarters of the season, Maryland should find itself with a 3-0 record heading to Michigan State next weekend.
What a year it’s been for Virginia football.
It was ten months ago that three football players were killed in a shooting on UVA’s campus. This came late in the football season, prompting the Cavaliers to cancel its remaining two games of 2022.
Entering 2023, Head Coach Tony Elliott had to be applauded for his role in the wake of the tragedy.
2022 was his first season in command, and on the football field, the results were poor. The Cavaliers went 3-7 on the year, including three losses by a combined 7 points. It was a season of heartbreaks, both on and off the field.
Unfortunately for UVA, those on-the-field heartbreaks have continued into 2023.
The Cavaliers were walloped Week 1 by Tennessee 49-13. Last week, UVA lost at home to James Madison 36-35, a game that UVA led by two possessions in the second half twice, once leading 28-17 and then 35-24.
In the fourth quarter, Virginia was outscored 12-0, and surrendered the game-winning touchdown with less than one minute to play and lost the game by one.
Coming into Friday’s game, UVA has lost five games in a row going back to last season, including eight of its last nine.
Sometimes, there’s nothing more dangerous than a team with nothing to lose.