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Terps vs. Rutgers: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.

1. Cal
The Terps opened the season on the west coast playing a team they beat last year. Granted, the Golden Bears are a better team than they were a year ago, but a 52-13 loss was a horrible way for a young team to get started.

2. James Madison
Maryland needed a late TD to tie the game and then a field goal (one that snuck inside the left post before taking a harsh left turn and barely hit the net) to beat an FBS team 38-35 in overtime.

3. Middle Tennessee State
A revenge game against a team from the Sun Belt Conference that beat the Terps in ’08. Maryland got the early lead but couldn’t hold it. They had the lead and the ball in the final two minutes but couldn’t hold it. They needed one stop from the defense but couldn’t get it. MTSU kicks a field goal on the final play of the game and beats Maryland 32-31.

4. 122 and 2
Maryland’s defense has given up 122 points in three games. In the one game against a BCS conference team they allowed 52. In two games against an FBS team and a team from the Sun Belt Conference they’ve given up 35 and 32. Can the new defense stop anyone?

Maryland’s All-ACC running back Da’Rel Scott fumbled twice in the MTSU game. He spent the fourth quarter of a one-point game on the bench watching Davin Meggett get the carries. Coach Friedgen says he hasn’t lost confidence in Scott. Can Scott regain his own confidence and lead the Terps?

5. No One’s Going to See the Game
For the third time in four games the Terps are not on TV. Seriously, isn’t this 2009? How can the only real college football team in a top ten TV market never be on TV? And the Washington Post reports that no one is going to the games at Byrd either. You know things aren’t going well will local papers are calling an ACC school a mid-major.

* Guarantee not valid in Piscataway or anywhere else

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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.

1. Have You Seen Maryland Play This Year?
Two games into the season there’s not a lot to be happy about. In week one Maryland flew all the way across the country just to be blown out by Cal 52-17. In the home opener last Saturday they needed overtime to beat James Madison. It’s clear that no games on the schedule can be taken lightly.

2. Recent History
Last year the Terps had to travel to Murfreesboro, TN. The only thing worse than that, they actually lost to Middle Tennessee State 24-14. Now Maryland is one of the youngest teams in the country, 30 players are gone from the team that lost to MTSU a season ago. The game is in College Park this time but the Terps have no momentum and the Blue Raiders (bet you had no idea that’s was their nickname) will come in knowing they can win this game.

3. Spread ‘Em
Maryland’s defense is notoriously bad against the spread offense. Guess what MTSU runs. Last year the Blue Raiders used the spread to rack up more than 400 yards of offense and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes in their victory over the Terps.

But wait, Maryland has a new defensive coordinator and a completely different scheme you say. Valid, but last week the D struggled against James Madison, right? Guess what offense the Dukes run. A different type of spread, but still. JMU had 268 yards rushing and more than 400 yards in total offense. And now Maryland will be trying to stop a spread offense without two of its four starting d-backs. CB Nolan Carroll broke his leg against JMU and is likely done for the year. Safety Jamari McCollough will miss a second-straight game, coaches expect him back next week for Rutgers.

4. This One Time, at a Football Game …
Last week the inexperienced o-line committed two false starts, at home. Some Maryland fans were concerned that the band was playing too loudly as the Terps were about to snap the ball. The athletic department claims it was the JMU band. It’s hard to imagine that at any point in that game there was too much noise in College Park.

5. Three yards and a … Well, Another Three Yards
The Terps offense ran 70 plays against FCS school James Madison. Five of those plays gained more than 15 yards. Despite all the talk of the talent in the backfield and the seven-deep receiving corps The Washington Times thinks the coaches are admitting that they have to be a dink and dunk offense. Maryland will need big plays, not just to keep up with MTSU’s spread offense this week, but all year long.

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Terps vs. James Madison: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.


1. Um, Did You See What Happened Last Week?

It was not pretty. We will not be watching film this week. Let’s look forward.

2. James Madison Is Very Good
Sure, they play in Division 1-AA (it’ll always be that to me) but they will not be intimidated. As always, they’re ranked in the top 10. In the last five years the Dukes have been in the playoffs four times and won a national championship.

3. They Are the Defending CAA Champs
Last year JMU was 8-0 in the CAA and was ranked #1 in the country headed into the playoffs. So what? Last week the CAA went 2-0 against the ACC. Richmond went to Duke and won 24-16. William and Mary traveled to Charlottesville and beat Virginia 26-14. Really? Maryland needs to win to save face for the ACC?

4. Our Offensive Line Just Got Worse
Of all the problems last week, the offensive line was the worst. And now starting left tackle Bruce Campbell is out for the JMU game with turf toe. Paul Pinegar will most likely take his spot. Last week Pinegar was the right tackle and he was beaten repeatedly. Now he’ll be at the most important spot on the line.

5. Recent History Does Not Inspire Confidence
Just last year Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee State. Seriously. And that was the week after they struggled to beat Delaware 14-7. In ’06 the Terps beat W&M by 13 and stopped Florida International in the red zone on the final play to escape with a 14-10 win. The ’05 season started with a 3-point win over Navy. In 2004 they beat Northern Illinois 23-20 and in 2003 they lost to NIU 20-13 in OT. Of course, in three of those five seasons the Terps went on to win a bowl game.

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Terps vs. Cal: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

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Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.

1. Cal Is Very Good


The Bears
are ranked #12 in both polls and many think they have a shot to knock off USC and go to a BCS bowl. This is their opening game, at home, at night, on ESPN2. They’re 27-4 at home since 2004 and they’re favored in this game by 21 points. If Cal is going to have the season they want to have, it has to start with a big win on Saturday.

2. The Revenge Factor

Last year Cal went to College Park and got demolished from the start. Maryland ran out to a 21-6 halftime lead and Cal needed 21 points in the fourth quarter to make the final look respectable at 35-27. The game left a bed taste in their mouths (especially Jahvid Best’s).

Best is a Heisman Trophy candidate and he and his teammates are chomping at the bit to get another shot at the Terps.

3. The Lines

Maryland has huge question marks on both the offensive and defensive lines. The o-line lost five of the top seven guys from last year. It’s a young unit with talent but not much experience or time working together. The d-line is inexperienced as well and is learning a new system.

4. Maryland Doesn’t Have a Starting Kicker

Okay, they will by the time the game starts but they haven’t named one yet. There was a three-man competition heading into camp between Nick Wallace, Mike Barbour and freshman Nick Ferrara, and no one won it. That’s not a good sign. If Maryland hangs around and has a shot to win it on a late field goal we have no idea who will be kicking it. And it could be their first kick in a college game.

5. The Travel

Last year the game in College Park kicked off at 9 am Pacific. The Bears chose to travel on Friday, sleep for a few hours, and then play what was essentially an early morning game. Many a pundit used that as the excuse for Cal losing the game. Well, now it’s our turn. While Coach Friedgen was smart enough to fly out on Thursday, it’s still a long flight and the game will start at 10 pm Eastern. If Maryland doesn’t pull off the upset we know it’s because of the long flight and late start. 😉 😉

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