Virginia, Maryland Football Prepare To Reboot Rivalry

Virginia Cavaliers James Jackson
James Jackson and the Virginia defense needs to be strong against the run this week. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

Virginia played a hard fought game at home against the James Madison Dukes, but ultimately, let a win slip away in the fourth quarter. Scott Stadium was absolutely rocking as 56,508 fans from both schools packed the stands and cheered on their squads almost the whole game. A rain delay early in the fourth quarter seemed to shift the momentum as the Dukes were able to score two late touchdowns to steal a road win, 36-35.

With that said, there were some bright spots for Virginia, and coach Tony Elliott and his staff hope they can build on those heading into a challenging game against Maryland. This Friday will be the first time since 2013 that Virginia and Maryland meet on the gridiron. Before the Terps left for the Big Ten, the two programs played annually from 1957 to 2013 in the ACC

Maryland has a talented team this season and has started 2-0 with wins over Towson and Charlotte. The Maryland offense uses a good balance of running and throwing to pick apart defenses, while the defense itself has some experience in the secondary. Virginia is surely more battle-tested ahead of this week three matchup, and the Hoos hope that’ll be enough to give them the edge.

Let’s get ready to restore this historic rivalry with a look at the Hoos and the Terps in our three-list game preview series.