Greetings from College Park on a cloudless, postcard-perfect Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium, where the Maryland football team (5-3, 1-3 ACC) hosts Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) at the unique kickoff time of 3:33 p.m.
Weekly links are below, as are some quick pregame notes. Toss your thoughts into the comments thread and thanks for reading.
>> Maryland will wear its black “Pride” uniforms as the crowd attempts to “blackout” Byrd Stadium. The expected crowd will hover somewhere below 40,000, based off ticket sales as of Friday night.
>> Game captains are offensive lineman Ryan Doyle (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense) and long snapper Greg Parcher (special teams). The flag-bearers are cornerback Will Likely (American) and fullback Kenneth Goins (Maryland). Offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (offense), defensive back Elvis Dennah (defense) and linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (special teams) were scout team players of the week.
>> Both running back Brandon Ross and offensive lineman Moise Larose, making his first career start, are celebrating their birthdays on Saturday, so if they do well expect plenty of birthday-related narrative.
“Moise is a guy who’s very inquisitive from the standpoint that he wants to know everything,” Coach Randy Edsall said of his new first-string left tackle. “He asked good questions for a freshman, he’s athletic, he wants to do well, he plays hard. Again I remember watching him in high school, saw him play in person, after watching him I said we’re offering that guy [a scholarship]. I just like his overall approach to the game. It’s important to him, he likes to play. Is he going to make some mistakes? Yeah. Will his technique be exactly what we want it to be? We hope so. But it’ll be one of those things. I like everything about him. I think he’s going to be a great player for us.”
>> Here’s Brad Craddock talking about Australia mate.
In today’s WaPo: Terps enter season’s final third hoping for fresh start
Mid-week feature: Former linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield still harbors NFL dreams
Game preview: Maryland football vs. Connecticut
Injury report: Top tackler Cole Farrand out with head injury