Last week was a rousing return to form, with a perfect 6-0 record in my picks. Can I make it two weeks of perfection in a row? Highly unlikely, but let's give it a shot anyway...
LAST WEEK: 6-0
#25 MARYLAND (4-0, 0-0) AT #8 FLORIDA STATE (4-0, 2-0) (12 PM EST, ESPN)
Did you realize that Maryland, they of the wacky uniforms and the much-maligned Randy Edsall, are undefeated? It's true! Florida State and Clemson have been hogging almost all of the oxygen in ACCland (with a bit left over for Miami after they knocked off Florida), but the Terps have quietly rode out to a 4-0 record as well. How have they done it? Well, defense is a big reason why -- they're allowing just 10.3 ppg, 3rd best in the nation. Of course, Florida State's offense is a bit of an upgrade over the likes of Florida International, Old Dominion, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Jameis Winston and the rest of the Seminoles on that side of the ball will be an enormous test for the legitimacy of the Maryland defense. Speaking of defense... is the FSU D springing a few leaks? They gave up 34 points to Boston College last week (which was a season-high point total for BC so far), which is not terribly impressive. I'd like the upset potential of the Terps much more if this game was in Maryland; as it is, I think they'll put up some points, but Winston & Co. will pull away in the fourth quarter.