Run and Shoot: R U Ready

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R U Ready

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Good afternoon from Rutgers Stadium, where the No. 10 Scarlet Knights are getting ready to kick off against Maryland. The Scarlet Knights are looking for a 4-0 start heading into next week's Big East opener against Cincinnati, while the Terrapins are looking to shake off last week's collapse against reigning ACC champion Wake Forest.

A few thoughts as we get ready to go here in Piscataway...

- Maryland fans would have an easy time blending in among the Rutgers faithful this afternoon given the similarity in sachool colors, but at least one group of fans has chosen not to take advantage of that fact. A "Let's Go Maryland" chant from fans passing by outside the press box was greeted with loud boos a few moments ago.

- If recent history is any indication, Piscataway will not be kind to the Terrapins. The Scarlet Knights have won 10 straight games at home, the seventh-longest streak in the nation. Only USC, Florida, LSU, The Ohio State University, Boston College, and Oklahoma have won more. That's a good thing to keep in mind with No. 24 Cincinnati, No. 18 (for now) USF, and No. 5 (for now) West Virginia as the next three opponents to visit Rutgers Stadium.

- For all their issues - including those the late collapse against Wake - the Terrapins boast the ACC's No. 2 defense, allowing 298.2 yards per contest. Much of that comes on the strength of the nation's No. 9 pass defense, though, which may create issues for Mike Teel, but figure on Rutgers relying more heavily on Ray Rice than usual today (if that's possible).

- On offense, Ray Rice is obviously the running back everone's talking about today, but the Terrapins will also be looking for big things on the ground courtesy of Keon Lattimore, the ACC's No. 2 rusher with 102.3 yards per game. Overall, Maryland boasts the No. 3 rushing attack in the ACC.

- The ACC, of course, the only BCS-associated conference without a Top 10 team, as every other BCS conference boasts two. Perhaps the phrase for the visitors is, "If you can't join 'em, beat 'em."

That's it for now...back after kickoff.

- This is the first meeting in 65 years between these teams, as the Scarlet Knights and Terrapins last met in 1942.

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