Despite being more than two touchdown underdogs on the road at West Virginia, Maryland is prepped for a matchup that has much more at stake than the Terps trying to get their third win of the season before Big Ten Conference play starts against Michigan on Oct. 3.
Saturday's game has been billed as a "border battle" and it marks the last time the geographic rivals will play until 2020. The Mountaineers lead the series 27-22-2, including a 14-9-1 mark in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia has won eight of the past nine meetings, including a 40-37 victory last season. Maryland's lone victory since the 2004 Gator Bowl was a 37-0 rout in Baltimore in 2013.
The game also has recruiting implications for both teams, with coaching staffs going head-to-head for some of the same players. A Maryland win could provide a big boost.
So now the Terps will play their first road game of the season before a hostile crowd of 60,000 at Milan Puskar Stadium, where they last paid in 2012.
"I think our kids have been practicing well," Edsall said. "I thought they practiced well last week. They're ready to go. They're ready to play. They're ready to go over there and take on a very good West Virginia team."
Other notes from Edsall:
> The scout team players of the week were linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba (defense) and linebacker Matt Gillespie (special teams).
> The captains for Saturday's game at West Virginia are left tackle Michael Dunn (offense), cornerback Will Likely (defense) and kicker Brad Craddock (special teams).
> Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Amiercan) and linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (Maryland) will be the flag bearers for the game.
> The Terps will be wearing their hand-painted Maryland flag helmets, white Maryland Pride 2.0 jerseys and black pants against West Virginia, which will be wearing blue helmets, yellow jerseys and yellow pants as part of a "gold rush" game. Here's a look at the Maryland uniforms and here's West Virginia.
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