COLLEGE PARK ——Maryland (2-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Notre Dame (6-3)
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Byrd Stadium Complex, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Site: FedEx Field, Landover
Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM
Series: Notre Dame leads, 1-0
Last meeting: Notre Dame beat Maryland, 22-0, on Aug. 31, 2002 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Maryland offense vs. Notre Dame defense: The last time these teams played, Ralph Friedgen coached the Terps and Tyrone Willingham was with Notre Dame. Maryland has lost five games in a row and hasn't scored more than 17 points in the past three games. Maryland won't say who will start at quarterback. Last week, Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown both played. Coach Randy Edsall said little-used running back D.J. Adams (11 touchdowns last year) may play some. The Irish are 39th nationally in total defense (349.1 yards per game) and have allowed fewer than 20 points in five games.
Maryland defense vs. Notre Dame offense: Notre Dame ranks in the top 40 in total offense and scoring offense. Sophomore quarterback Tommy Rees has 29 passing touchdowns in 18 career games. Irish have allowed just five sacks this season. Maryland's rushing defense ranks last in the ACC (233.1 yards per game). Notre Dame running backs are led by Cierre Wood (89.8 yards per game).