LIMIT TURNOVERS: The Terrapins have talked at length this week about quarterback Shawn Petty’s turnovers — the true freshman had three against Clemson — so holding onto the football becomes high priority against Florida State’s top-ranked defense. Maryland buried itself against the Tigers thanks to early turnovers, and ball security certainly won’t become easier. But if Petty can just get rid of the football in time, or even take the occasional sack without fumbling, it would do wonders for the Terps in the field-position game.
WORK THE CLOCK: Imperative to stopping quarterback EJ Manuel and Florida State’s offense will be keeping them off the field, something Maryland tried to do against Tajh Boyd and Clemson. This means winding the clock down on every play, staying in bounds and relying on field position to give Maryland’s defense at least a fighting chance. The Seminoles have struggled offensively on the road this season, so giving them a short field certainly won’t help matters for the Terps.
FIND THE BIG PLAY: With freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs listed as probable following an ankle injury that kept him out of the Clemson game, Maryland likely gets back its most potent big-play threat, something the Terps will need to keep pace with Florida State. The Seminoles’ defense is so good that offensive yardage will be hard to come by. But a defensive touchdown or special teams score would do wonders to keep Maryland hanging around.
— Alex Prewitt
Noon at Byrd Stadium.
TV: ESPNU. Radio: WTEM (980 AM), WJFK (105.7 FM).
Records: Terrapins 4-6, 2-4 ACC; Seminoles 9-1, 6-1.