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TODAY'S GAME

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Middle Tennessee State (1-1) at Maryland (1-1)

Time: : 3:30 p.m.

TV: : ESPN360.com

Radio: : 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Line: : Maryland by 7

Series: : Maryland leads 2-1

Last meeting: : Middle Tennessee State won, 24-14, last season in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Maryland offense vs. Middle Tennessee State defense: : James Madison stacked the box against the Terps last weekend to guard against the run. The result was 38 passes by Chris Turner (he completed 25) and a shortage of runs. Look for the Terps to try to better establish the rushing game against Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders, who lost, 37-14, to Clemson in their season opener, held Memphis to two touchdowns and 219 yards in a 31-14 win last Saturday in front of the largest announced crowd ever at Floyd Stadium (28,105). Middle Tennessee has been better defending the pass (142.5 yards per game) than the run (147.5 yards per game).

Maryland defense vs. Middle Tennessee State offense: : It's Maryland's first full game without fifth-year cornerback and captain Nolan Carroll, who broke his leg against James Madison. Look for sophomore Cameron Chism and others to fill in. Coaches hope for a big game from Kenny Tate, the big safety who excelled at blitzes and pass coverage during training camp but seemed rattled by a fumbled punt last week. With Carroll and safety Jamari McCollough (foot) injured, the Terps will use multiple reserves in their nickel and dime packages against Middle Tennessee's multiple-receiver sets. The Blue Raiders are without running back Phillip Tanner because of a knee injury, but quarterback Dwight Dasher is a running threat.

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