It's been labeled Maryland's biggest football game in at least two years, but do the No. 25 Terps actually have a chance to upset No. 8 Florida State in Tallahassee?
Here's a look at what the experts from a number of national media outlets think. (Feel free to leave your comments and score predictions at the bottom.)
ESPN Insider Phil Steele has FSU prevailing, 37-20: "This will be the first time since 2006 that Maryland has been involved in a game featuring two Top-25 teams and I think the stage may be too big at this point," he writes, "especially considering the Seminoles have averaged 52 PPG in their past nine home games while the defense will be playing with a chip on its shoulder after last week's poor performance."
Fox Sports' panel of four is unanimous in taking the Seminoles. Fox also includes a prediction from whatifsports.com, and the computer also likes Florida State.
Over at Yahoo, the two pickers are split, with Pat Forde taking FSU and Graham Watson predicting a Maryland win. (Sorry to point this out, but Forde has a 10-game lead in their competition.) Yahoo also polls the fans at large, who are predictaby in the corner of the favorite.
CBS Sports does it a little differently and picks against the spread. Three of their six experts take Maryland to at least cover the 15½ points.
Howie Kussoy of the New York Post writes a "Pigskin Profit" bettors guide, and he says Maryland is the pick this week. "After a 2012 season which saw Maryland lose four quarterbacks to injury and ultimately use a reserve linebacker under center, senior C.J. Brown has returned and been just as vital as [Jameis] Winston to his team’s success," he writes. "Tallahassee will be tough, but take the Terps (+15½) in their biggest game in more than a decade."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun