Teams: Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2) vs. Maryland Terrapins (5-3, 1-3)
Rankings: Syracuse (UNR), Maryland (UNR)
Day & Time: Saturday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. EST
Field: Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
Line: -7 Maryland (started at -3.5)
TV: ACC RSN (MSG, NESN, CSN-MA & more)
Announcers: Wes Durham, Brian Stann
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network
Maryland News: Testudo Times
Rivalry: Syracuse holds an 18-14-2 lead, though this is the first meeting since 1994 and the first in College Park since 1991.
Streak: 4, Syracuse
First Meeting: In 1920, the series kicked off with a 10-7 Maryland victory in Archbold. Don't worry, the Orangemen would get their revenge the next year, drubbing the Terps 42-0.
Last Meeting: Kirby Dar Dar paced the Orangemen with 159 yards on the ground along with a touchdown as Syracuse scored the first 21 points on the day and held on for a 21-16 win. An interception by Bryce Bevill in the closing seconds sealed the deal.
Bonus Meeting: Here's some random (but awesomely-narrated) archival footage of the 1961 contest, won by Maryland, 22-21.
School Connections: There are many. The most obvious one is Randy Edsall, who played quarterback for Syracuse and spent eleven seasons as an assistant with the program. Edsall's wife, Eileen, also graduated from SU and was honored as a 2013 Letterwinner of Distinction last week. Then there's Corey Edsall, who spent a year with SU as a walk-on quarterback before transferring to Maryland.
Other coach-related connections include Maryland DC Brian Stewart, who coached Syracuse's DBs in 2001. And hey, remember Cody Catalina? The former Orange TE is a grad assistant at UM. Finally there's Maryland's RB coach Andrew Powell, who was on the same Rhode Island staff as Scott Shafer back in 1993.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (1st Year, 4-4), Randy Edsall (3rd Year, 11-21)
Last Year: Maryland got off to a decent start, going 4-2 as they headed into the meat of the ACC schedule. And then the bottom dropped out. They lost six-straight and finished the season 4-8, giving up 40+ points in their three last games, as grumblings over Edsall's job grew louder.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Maryland has a reputation for watching its star players fall by the wayside and 2013 has been no different. Starting QB C.J. Brown (concussion) and leading rusher Brandon Ross (shoulder) both missed the Clemson game. And WR Stefon Diggs is Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker, was lost for the season (along with the team's No. 2 receiver) against Wake two weeks back. So, honestly, who knows which Terps will even make it through the game, let alone play well?
Last Game: Clemson cruised to a 40-27 victory over the Terps two weeks ago. It was Maryland's third loss in four games, making their recent bye week very much needed.
Fun Fact: If you don't know the Wilmeth Sidat-Singh story yet, you better learn it. The SU legend will receive special notice and remembrance from Maryland. Sidat-Singh was forced to sit out the 1937 game between the two schools when it became public knowledge that he was in fact African-American and not Hindu, as many assumed. It's a pretty terrible chapter in American sports, one that gets forgotten behind everything Jim Brown and Ernie Davis went through. Not this weekend, however.
Fun Fact 2: Just because they're leaving, that doesn't mean the rivalry ends. SU and Maryland will play again in 2014 and 2019.