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Notes heading to kickoff at West Virginia

More than most games, Maryland has talked about wrapping up the ball carrier at West Virginia before he can get started. West Virginia has lots of speed, and the Terps are focused even more than usual on not letting the quickest guys get to the open field where they are so dangerous.

It's easy to see why Maryland -- which has some speed of its own -- is worried. Consider that RB Noel Devine has 11 career runs longer than 50 yards. Or that WR Tavon Austin -- the former Maryland recruit from Baltimore's Dunbar -- already has 14 catches for 175 yards.

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Marshall did a good job of containing the Mountaineers last week -- at least until the fourth quarter when it mattered most.

Other quick thoughts:

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-- I often find myself staying at Maryland's team hotel -- and am again on this trip. The Terps signs in the lobby reminded me of a game a few seasons ago at Virginia. Maryland's team hotel that weekend in Charlottesville was decorated with red and black balloons and red Terps banners behind the front desk. The night manager wore a Maryland shirt.

The Terrapins theme prompted a complaint by a Virginia fan who said the road-team décor was unbecoming.

"I might have to take my business elsewhere," the Cavaliers fan said to a front desk clerk before walking out in a huff.

-- On a non-Terps note, here's an item I wrote on how the Redskins could be pre-empted -- albeit briefly -- on their own television turf if Sunday's Ravens game runs long on Washington's WUSA-TV. Skins fans? Not pleased.

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