Records: Maryland is 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. UNC is 4-5, 1-5.
Series: UNC leads 35-27-1.
Personnel update: Maryland - No injuries reported. UNC - CB Anthony Anderson (shoulder), RB Rufus Brown (shoulder), P John Lafferty (mononucleosis) and LB Merceda Perry (fractured right ankle) are out.
The key matchup: For the Tar Heels to keep their bowl hopes alive, they will need to prevent Maryland running back LaMont Jordan from repeating the performance he had in the Terrapins' 45-7 win in College Park last season.
Jordan ran 26 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns in that game, and the Terps amassed 268 yards on the ground.
Although Jordan's numbers have dropped this season - he averages 88.2 yards per game - he remains the Terps' main offensive threat. Jordan has rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in Maryland's last two games - both wins.
"He's big and strong, and I think he gets better as the game goes along," UNC coach Carl Torbush said. "He can take a lot of licks. He reminds you a lot of ways of (former UNC tailback) Natrone Means.
"You don't think he looks real fast, but as the game goes along he seems to get faster and faster. There's no doubt that for us to win the ballgame, we've got to stop LaMont Jordan."
To keep Jordan in check, the Tar Heels will have to hit him at the line before he can break free into the secondary.