Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Virginia Tech -10

Maryland has rebounded from a rough start to the season and comes into this game with some revenge on their mind. A year ago, Virginia Tech clobbered the Terps 55-6 in Blacksburg. The Hokies feature a solid ground attack, which does not bode well for the Terps—Maryland ranks 88th in the nation in stopping the run. Frank Beamer’s team makes its living on defense and special teams. They rank number one in scoring defense in the nation, number three in passing defense, and are second in turnover margin (+2). Meanwhile, the Terps are struggling some in the turnover area, coming in at 87th (-0.5), and in stopping the run by allowing 169.7 yards per game.

Virginia Tech is a very good road team having gone undefeated on the road since joining the ACC. Both coaches are masters at what they do and will have something up their sleeve after enjoying by weeks last week.

Marcus Vick has played solid all year and has been supported by a steady ground game. The Hokie defense has played outstanding all year. This may be Beamer’s best team since his 1999 team, which played FSU in the title game.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 28 Maryland 17

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