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Terps vs. Middle Tennessee: Five Reasons to Feel Good

Posted by SuckaFish

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

* Guarantee not valid in Murfreesboro or anywhere else

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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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