No. 10 Florida State (9-1, 6-1 ACC) at Maryland (4-6, 2-4), 12:01 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Florida State by 31
Series Record: Florida State leads 20-2
WHAT'S AT STAKE
With a victory, Florida State will clinch the league's Atlantic Division title for the second time in three years under head coach Jimbo Fisher and give the Seminoles their sixth straight win heading into a clash next week with Florida. Maryland will try to end a four-game skid after honoring 17 upperclassmen on senior day.
Florida State's top-ranked defense against Maryland QB Shawn Petty. The Seminoles will attempt to pressure the linebacker-turned-quarterback, who got the starting job after the top four QBs on the depth chart sustained season-ending injuries. Petty has fumbled four times and thrown an interception in his two starts, and FSU will do its best to try to increase those numbers. Operating against a defense that has held the opposition under 10 points in half its games, the 230-pound, left-handed Petty must avoid turnovers to keep the Terrapins in the game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLORIDA STATE: DE Cornellius Carradine. The 6-foot-5 senior leads the team in tackles (64) and sacks (nine). The last defensive lineman to lead the Seminoles in tackles was Reinard Wilson in 1996.
MARYLAND: DT Joe Vellano. Playing his final home game, Vellano is the centerpiece of a defense that is without leading tackler Demetrius Hartsfield (torn ACL). The 6-2, 285-pound Vellano is tied for the ACC lead and ranks 19th nationally with 1.4 tackles for loss per game. Vellano was all-ACC last year and is expected to repeat in 2012.
FACTS & FIGURES
Florida State has won five straight in the series. ... Although the injury-riddled Terps haven't won in a month, they are still mathematically alive for a bowl berth -- if they win this game and next week at North Carolina. ... The Seminoles lead the ACC in scoring offense (43.1 ppg) and rank second in total offense (503.2 ypg). ... Maryland could be without leading receiver Stefon Diggs (foot) and leading rusher Wes Brown (ankle). ... FSU QB E.J. Manuel is 22-5 as a starter, including 14-3 against ACC foes. ... The Seminoles are eligible for their 31st straight bowl appearances, the longest current run in the nation. ... Maryland RB Brandon Ross is coming off his first 100-yard game, one of few highlights for the Terps in a 45-10 loss to Clemson last week.