Maryland football draws noon kickoff for Florida State

The Maryland football team will make its first appearance on ESPN since 2011 next weekend, when the Terrapins visit No. 8 Florida State for a noon kickoff in Tallahassee.

The Seminoles, who beat Boston College, 48-34, on the road Saturday, face their second straight opponent coming off a bye week, but return to the familiarity of Doak Campbell Stadium. Maryland hasn’t played at Byrd Stadium since Sept. 7 against Old Dominion. The Terps  traveled to Connecticut on Sept. 14 and hosted West Virginia in Baltimore on Sept. 21.

This matchup features a battle of ACC Atlantic Division unbeatens, both 4-0. Florida State has a potentially season-changing date with Clemson the week after, while Maryland can assert its relevancy as a legitimate conference contender with a strong performance, and could break into the Associated Press top 25 rankings with some helpful movement ahead of them.

Georgia Tech-Miami and Clemson-Syracuse, the other two games that received a six-day option by ESPN, will both kick off at 3:30 p.m., the network announced.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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Alex Prewitt · September 28, 2013