It is a built-in rivalry in the ACC because it is the one game we are going to play every year with someone from the other division, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. We are bordering states and we compete for the same kids in recruiting and a lot of the kids know each other. So, to me, it is a rivalry and it is one of those things where there is a bit more meaning to it.
The Terps will look to avenge last season's loss when the Cavaliers beat the Terps in College Park, 31-13. Maryland holds the all-time series record, 42-32-2, and holds a 22-19 edge against Virginia is Charlottesville, but the Cavaliers have won the four of the last five games between the two teams.
We have been able to avenge two [games], Edsall said. We were beat by Temple and Wake Forest last year but we beat both of them this year. We weren't able to do that with West Virginia. You have the past there to look at, but I just want our guys to go out, play hard and execute to the best of their ability.
The players have strong feelings about the Maryland-Virginia rivalry, which they feel stands out more than many other rivalries in ACC football.
We don't really like them, Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield said. They don't really like us. It's always been that way. We just want to beat them regardless of the rivalry. They're a team in our way of being 2-0. Coach Edsall said every day in meetings that we control our own destiny. Right now, we're the top dog in the division and we win every game, we'll be going to the Orange Bowl.
It's a preppier school, Maryland offensive lineman Justin Gilbert said. That's what it is. They make fun of us for not being that type of people and we make fun of them for being that type of people. I don't know. I'm not a really big wine and cheese guy so I don't know what the difference is.
Virginia has 11 players from the state of Maryland on its roster. There are also many Terps who have their roots in Virginia, including receiver Kerry Boykins, offensive lineman Bennett Fulper, linebacker Bradley Johnson, cornerback Dexter McDougle, linebacker Avery Thompson and defensive lineman Alex Walker.
The game between Maryland and Virginia will kick off at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday at 3 p.m.