Maryland faces Penn State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Here are 5 things you need to know about the matchup.
1) Handshake controversy is behind them
If you think that negative feelings are lingering from last year's lack of a pregame handshake, you won't see it manifest during the coin toss this year. Interim head coach Mike Locksley assured the media that it had been addressed last year and this year will be different.
There are varying answers as to whether or not this is truly a rivalry, but one sentiment has been a constant throughout those responses -- rivalries exist when teams are competitive in games against each other, not simply because they play each other.
2) Sticking with Perry Hills
Maryland opened up the offense and went to more of a dual-threat style with junior Perry Hills under center against Ohio State. Locksley says that Maryland is sticking with him and the scheme, though they are trying to be more cognizant of the number of hits that Hills has been taking.
What does the new offense allow? It forces the defense to attend to Hills as a credible runner. This, in theory, occupies a defender as a spy and opens the field for receivers in the passing game.
3) Neutralizing Christian Hackenberg
Penn State's quarterback is a prototypical pro-style quarterback who can make every throw asked of him. That means that if he is allowed to settle into the pocket, he'll pick the defense apart.
But the Nittany Lions rank 121st in the nation in keeping Hackenberg upright. The offensive line has allowed 24 sacks through six games this season, which is a window of opportunity for Maryland.
Yannick Ngakoue and Jesse Aniebonam are both players who have proven that they can get to the quarterback. Their ability to disrupt Hackenberg will go a long way.
4) Another very good running back
For the most part, Maryland was able to contain Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. Yes, he went over 100 yards to extend his streak of 100-yard games, but compared to other types of numbers he has put up, a depleted front seven did a solid job.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley is scary in his own right and he's only a true freshman. He has terrific vision and burst, along with the ability to shake defenders if he finds himself in a one-on-one situation in the middle of the field.
If Maryland's pass rush is able to get to Hackenberg and make him uncomfortable, Barkley is able to single-handedly carry the offense, so it adds another dimension.
5) The first game of a "new" season
After the program's coaching change and a bye week, Maryland essentially starts a new season. The first half didn't turn out the way it wanted, but there is a revived energy and focus that stems from a strong showing through three quarters against Ohio State.
Penn State has its flaws. The question is if Maryland can identify and exploit them on Saturday.