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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.

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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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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.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. A Dish Best Served Today
The revenge factor sure worked for Cal in week one. Now it’s the Terps turn to play the “we owe them” card. Last year in Murfreesboro, TN the Blue Raiders’ spread baffled Maryland from the start and MTSU got the 24-14 upset. No one would call it an upset if they did it again. Maryland has to play with a chip on their shoulder, and they will.

2. History 101
While the Terps have had their issues against smaller schools in the Ralph Friedgen era (Northern Illinois, MTSU), they haven’t lost home games. Under the Fridge Maryland is 19-2 against non-conference opponents with both losses coming against West Virginia.

3. Unless He Has H1N1
Early in last year’s game against MTSU, Da’Rel Scott ran for a 63-yard TD to tie the game 7-7. He finished with 123 yards and averaged more than 11 yards per carry. But he only got the ball 11 times. Last week he only had 72 yards against JMU but played the game with strep throat. If Scott is closer to 20-25 carries then things should be going well for the Terps.

4. They Get Hurt Too
Middle Tennessee State will play today without their top RB, Phillip Tanner.

Maryland should get an emotional boost from one of their injured players when Nolan Carroll plays the role of Willis Reed. Carroll, a senior captain who broke his leg last week against JMU, will join his fellow captains at midfield for the coin toss.

5. We’re in First Place in the ACC Atlantic
OK, we’re tied for first at 0-0 but still. Here are the standings entering today’s games.

B.C.                     0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Maryland         0-0 .000 1-1 .500
NC State           0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Wake                  0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Clemson           0-1 .000 1-1 .500
Florida State    0-1 .000 1-1 .500

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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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Was That the Worst 8-1 Ever?

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In week one the ACC suffered through six losses including two to teams in the CAA and Maryland’s blowout at Cal. At a glance, the second Saturday of the college football season was much better as the conference won eight of nine games. But a closer look shows how weak the ACC was this past weekend. A few games were comfortable (BC over Kent State 34-7, Va Tech over Marshall 52-10, NC State over Murray State 65-7), but the other six showed major reasons to be concerned.

1. TCU 30, UVa 14

After losing to William and Mary in week one this loss wasn’t unexpected, but it would have been nice if the Cavs could have scored in the first 55 minutes of the game. Or at least before they were behind 30-0. OK, that might be too much to ask against the Horned Frogs defense. How about this, at least the fruity guy in the Cavalier outfit that rides in on the horse could have gotten off said horse by his own volition instead of being thrown like a rag doll. Wait for it …

2. Florida State 19, Jacksonville State 9

It looks weird to see the ‘Noles only beat an FCS team by 10 points. What was unbelievable was the fact that FSU was losing 9-7 with 40 seconds to go in the game. A one-yard TD run and then a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown made the score look somewhat normal. The game was not.

3. UNC 12, UConn 10

We would much rather see this match-up in March but it looks like a nice road win for an up-and-coming football team. Not so fast my friend. The Heels were down 10-0 in the fourth quarter, tied it at 10 with 2:36 to go, then got the game-winning safety when the Huskies were called for holding in the end zone with 1:32 on the clock. Not exactly an impressive win for a top 20 team.

4. Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17

The Demon Deacons were trailing 17-3 at the half, at HOME. They tied it early in the fourth quarter and then won the game on a Riley Skinner TD run with two seconds left in the game. A nice comeback, not a confidence-inspiring win.

5. Maryland 38, James Madison 35 (OT)

Overtime. The Terps needed overtime to beat James Madison. At HOME. And that was after a late rally tied the game with just over five minutes left in regulation. You’re playing an FCS team at home and you only give your All-ACC running back 17 carries. Why exactly are you the head coach in waiting?

Just to top things off Maryland senior CB Nolan Carroll, one of four team captains, broke his leg in the game and likely ended his college career on Saturday.

6. Duke 35, Army 19

It looks like a pedestrian 16-point win but the Blue Devils were trailing the service academy 10-0 in the second quarter and 10-7 at the half. In fact it was 21-13 with under two minutes to go before Duke senior CB Leon Wright had two interception returns for TDs just 16 second apart.

There are plenty of chances to make amends, or make the ACC look worse, this weekend as eight teams go out of conference on Saturday:
Duke @ Kansas 12pm
East Carolina @ North Carolina 12pm
Middle Tennessee @ Maryland 3:30pm
Nebraska @ Virginia Tech 3:30pm
Virginia @ Southern Miss 3:30pm
Gardner-Webb @ NC State 6pm
Elon @ Wake Forest 6:30pm
Florida State @ BYU 7pm

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Terps vs. Cal: The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction*

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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.* We gave you the bad stuff then the good stuff Now here’s this week’s pick.

Why Cal Could Win
Um, they’re favored by 21 points. How many more reasons to you need? It’s their home opener on national TV against a team that upset them last season. Oh, and they’re ranked #12 and Maryland is barely in the “Also Receiving Votes.” Is that enough?

Why Maryland Could Win
They beat Cal last year so they have that to work off of. The Terps are extremely talented at the skill positions and the defense is a mystery, a new system that has baffled the offensive coaches every day on camp.

The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction*

Everything is perfectly set up for Cal to run away with this game, but Maryland has the speed to keep up with Cal and a lot more talent than the national media thinks. Will that be enough to pull the upset? Maybe. If they played ten times Maryland could win three or four. But, according to NCAA rules, they’ll only play the one time. The Swagless prediction: Cal 27, Maryland 20.

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Terps vs. Cal: Five Reasons to Feel Good

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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.* We gave you the bad stuff. Now here’s the good stuff.

1. The Running Backs

Maryland is very talented and very deep at RB. Da’Rel Scott finished second in the conference in rushing last season and made the preseason All-ACC team. He was suspended for the first half of the Maryland’s Humanitarian Bowl win over Nevada. In the second half he ran for 174 yards and two TDs.

Davin Meggett had nearly 500 yards last year in a backup role. Morgan Green ran for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Humanitarian Bowl. And we haven’t even mentioned true freshman Caleb Porzel who may be the fastest player on the team.

2. The Wide Receivers

Torrey Smith set the ACC’s single-season record for kickoff return yards last year, including a 99-yard score in the bowl game. Now as a sophomore he’ll be unleashed on offense. And the Terps will easily go seven-deep at WR. Look for junior Emani Lee-Odai and sophomore Ronnie Tyler to have big years.

3. Chris Turner

The senior is entering his third season as the starting QB. He doesn’t make amazing plays. He doesn’t make too many huge mistakes. He doesn’t put up great numbers. But there is one thing he is great at, playing in big games. In his 20 starts he has a record of 5-1 against teams ranked in the Top 25.

4. A Brand New Defense

Maryland has a new defensive coordinator, Don Brown. His scheme is said to be baffling, full of stunts and blitzes. Eric Prisbell has an interesting article about it in The Washington Post. Coach Friedgen says he still can’t figure it out and he’s seen it all summer. Cal could have a very tough time dealing with it considering they have no film and no real way to prepare for this defense.

5. Kenny Tate

On the defense most people talk about LB Alex Wujciak as the star and best pro prospect. But S Kenny Tate has been the talk of camp. Even Coach Friedgen is gushing.

“When we recruited you, you told me you wanted to be an impact player,” Friedgen told Tate. “Right now you are an impact player. Keep playing the way you are playing. You are a force.”

“We’re saying all this, we haven’t played a game yet,” Friedgen acknowledged. “But I’ll tell you what: If he does in the games what he is doing now, he’ll get a lot of honors. We can’t block him.”

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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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