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UVA Prepares For Strong Terps Defense

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The Virginia football team will be looking to snap its four game losing streak this weekend, as the Cavaliers welcome in ACC rival Maryland.

The 'Hoos are 0-2 in the conference, after allowing Duke to score 28-unanswered points in the 42-17 loss in Durham last weekend.

Maryland is 1-0 in the ACC, and the Terrapins are ranked seventh in the nation in total defense and rushing defense.

UVA has won four of the last five games against the Terps, and there is certainly no love lost between the two schools.

Maryland senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield says, "This rivalry means a lot. We don't like UVA at all, and they don't like us. There's definitely something there."

UVA head coach Mile London says, "Approaching this game, home game, against a rival, we recruit against them, everything about a Maryland/Virginia football game. A lot of our players are from the state of Maryland, and that's another renewed sense of excitement and interest."

Cavaliers junior center Luke Bowanko says he has a lot of family connections with Maryland.

"It's a big game for me," says Bowanko, "and I know a lot of guys: Colter Phillips, Darius Jennings, for those guys from that area, it's a big game. It's their 'Virginia Tech.'"

Virginia and Maryland kick off Saturday at three o'clock.

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