"As a team we've talked about getting win No. 5, we've talked about getting to 3-0 in the league," Edsall said. "As kids understand, the more that you win, the more significant games become. But we haven't done anything differently in terms of preparation."
Maryland coaches like the team to stay on similar weekly schedules as much as possible — right down to the timing of the pregame meal.
It's homecoming weekend in College Park, but Edsall said that won't be a distraction either.
"There's no pep rallies. There's no dance after the game — any of that stuff," he said.
North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Maryland (4-2, 2-0 ACC)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park
Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM
Last meeting: N.C. State beat Maryland, 56-41 on Nov. 26, 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.
Maryland offense vs. N.C. State defense: Maryland has won four of the last six meetings. The Terps hope for the return of freshman running back Wes Brown, who leads the team with 150 yards and a 4.5 yards-per-carry average. Maryland netted minus-2 yards rushing in last week's victory over Virginia. Brown (shoulder) is listed as questionable. N.C. State ranks in the middle of the ACC in total defense and scoring defense. The Wolfpack is led by linebackers Rickey Dowdy (1.3 tackles for loss per game) and Rodman Noel (1.0 tackles for loss).
Maryland defense vs. N.C. State offense: Maryland's defense is ranked ninth nationally despite surrendering 20 first downs and lots of big plays in a subpar effort at Virginia last week. N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon is sixth in the conference in passing efficiency. Wide receiver Bryan Underwood had a touchdown catch in a school-record sixth consecutive game in an upset over Florida State. Junior Quintin Payton leads the Wolfpack and is ninth in the ACC with 4.2 receptions per game.