No. 23 Maryland vs. Virginia TechRECORDS: Maryland 6-2, 3-1 ACC; Tech 5-3, 2-2.
WHERE: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: ESPN; 790AM, 910AM, 1140AM, 93.5FM.
1. Tech is averaging 160 rushing yards per game (fourth in the ACC), but the Hokies are having trouble finding a decent backup. If Jahre Cheeseman or Josh Oglesby can't provide a spark, Darren Evans may have to carry most of the offense on his own.
2. Tech's starter at quarterback will be a game-time decision. Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon (high left ankle sprains for both) are questionable, which means Cory Holt could get his first start. Glennon looked good throwing passes with no pressure on him after practice this week.
3. Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (25 catches for 404 yards) could cause problems for Tech cornerbacks Victor Harris and Stephan Virgil. Heyward-Bey, who has nine carries for 202 yards, is deadly on reverses.
4. Terps quarterback Chris Turner has gotten good protection from his line (11 sacks surrendered), which means Tech defensive ends Orion Martin (5 1/2 sacks) and Jason Worilds may have to work hard to neutralize ACC-leading rusher Da'Rel Scott (131 carries for 718 yards) and make Maryland one-dimensional.
THE BUZZ: Tech faces a team that leads the ACC's Atlantic Division. Though Tech coach Frank Beamer and Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen are best friends, Beamer hasn't been too kind to Friedgen in recent meetings. Tech won 28-9 at Maryland on a Thursday night in 2005, and the Hokies crushed the Terrapins 55-6 in Lane Stadium on a Thursday night in '04.
THE PICK: Tech 28, Maryland 16: It's Tech's favorite night of the week. The Hokies are 14-3 in Thursday night games.
— Norm Wood