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Connecticut-Maryland preview

12:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. TV: WTTG-5, WJZ-13. Radio: WTEM (980 AM). Records: Terrapins 2-0; Huskies 1-1.

THE EDSALL BOWL All eyes will be on Coach Randy Edsall as he faces his former team, including many players he recruited to Connecticut. The Terps have played down the story throughout the week, but a win would certainly validate the school’s decision to hire Edsall away from the Huskies, at least from a head-to-head standpoint. The desire for payback might play a role in motivating U-Conn., but Maryland has preached a narrow focus, blocking out any Edsall-related distractions from the media.

HELLO, AGAIN Don’t forget about Don Brown, Maryland’s former defensive coordinator who is now running the defense at Connecticut. A top 10 defense with tricky blitzes and disguised looks, Brown has the Huskies operating as a national-caliber unit. Maryland freshman quarterback Perry Hills will be tested far more than he was against Temple and William & Mary, and will have to keep his composure in the pocket for the Terrapins to even have a chance.

3-0? The Terrapins haven’t started a season with three victories since 2001 — and that year they won the ACC Championship — but in 2012 Maryland is improbably on the verge of (recent) history. Granted, the sample size is small, and a 3-0 start could quickly turn in the opposite direction with a trip to No. 9 West Virginia looming the week after. But who would have expected that the Terrapins would even be here after that disastrous 2-10 season during Edsall’s inaugural campaign?

— Alex Prewitt

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