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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. Maryland

By Steve Yanda

In a show of appreciation to the military, Virginia coaches are sporting camoflauge pants and hats today. Right now, 32 fourth- and fifth-year seniors are being recognized on the field with their loved ones.

Shortly, the Cavaliers will take the field against Maryland, a team Virginia has defeated at home in eight of nine contests since 1992. Virginia has won three straight games overall against Maryland.

It will be interesting to see how Virginia running backs Keith Payne and Perry Jones fare against Maryland's run defense, which ranks No. 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Payne, as many of you know, has proven to be one of the toughest runners in the conference to take down this season.

But the real question is whether the Cavaliers defense will show up. If they give up points at the rate they did last week, Coach Mike London & Co. are going to be in for a long day. Maryland ranks No. 4 in the ACC in scoring offense, averaging 30.2 points per game. Virginia will need to establish an effective pass rush early, something the Cavaliers have struggled to do this season.

By Steve Yanda  | November 13, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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