It poses a significant third-game test for the Mountaineers, which held up admirably against the Tide before dominating the line of scrimmage versus Towson. Four starters are back for Maryland, including a 24-game starter at center in Sal Conaboy, while backs Wes Brown and Brandon Ross are steady, punishing runners. The Terrapins ran for 285 yards against James Madison, and chased that with a workmanlike 116-yard outing in the 24-17 win at South Florida.
Below, defensive line coach Tom Bradley speaks about the physical - and mental - challenges, the week of preparation, building confidence and continuing to "play the next play."
Nose tackle Kyle Rose, named the BlueGoldNews.com Defensive Player of the Game against Towson, examines the Maryland line, his individual match-up, the need to occupy a double team on the center and one guard and his remembrance of, but not preoccupation with, last year's debacle.