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Undefeated Maryland poised for West Virginia

Tuesday - 9/17/2013, 4:17pm  ET

Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (51) sacks Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Unbeaten after three games for the first time since 2001, Maryland can match its win total of last season with a victory over West Virginia on Saturday in Baltimore.

It won't be easy. The Mountaineers (2-1) have won seven straight in this border rivalry and should provide the Terrapins their toughest challenge to date.

But Maryland is playing with a confidence befitting the only 3-0 team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Third-year coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday, "The players believe in themselves, they believe in the all the things that we're doing."

Maryland must play the rest of the season without senior cornerback Dexter McDougle, who had two interceptions in a win over Connecticut last Saturday but injured his shoulder in the game and underwent surgery Monday.

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