Best Day For Terps Football In 2 Years

Somehow, Maryland is 5-2 despite being out gained in all four of their FBS victories (by the way, when can we go back to calling it Division I?).  That's not exactly an awe-inspiring statistic; but a win is a win. 

How have the Terps done it?  It's simple. Maryland is winning the turnover battle and coming up with big defensive stops in the 4th quarter with eerie regularity. It is not exactly a formula that you can count on week in and week out; but so far it has worked phenomenally.
 
Despite our uncanny success; it's hard to not be a little frustrated. The coaching staff plays not to lose and the result is nail biter finishes that shouldn't be.  Franklin is so over matched that is actually painful to watch.

Yet, we are here.  5-2 with an eminently winnable game next week against Wake Forest and another "should be" win looming against UVA.  By all accounts, the Terps should be 7-3 heading in to their final two games against FSU and NC State (both at home).

It's hard to imagine the Terps in their current state winning either of those games; but we will be at home and anything can happen.  Somehow, we are in the hunt for the Coastal (or is it the Atlantic?) Division title. I can never remember which one we are in.

Today was also a good day because Navy whipped Notre Dame.  Notre Dame ain't what it used to be; but they almost beat Michigan State who beat Wisconsin who beat Ohio State.  By the transitive property, we could almost beat Ohio State.  Obviously, that is ridiculous; but it is nice to see Navy beating big time teams because it demonstrates that the Terps have the athletes to compete with anyone.

In the final analysis, today's win virtually insures that the Terps are going bowling.  After last seasons debacle, that is a successful season by any standard.


Author: Jeremy | 10/24/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Maryland v Boston College Game Thread

The Terps are 4-2, the Eagles are 2-4.  Should be an easy win, right.  Wrong.  If we played BC's schedule, we'd be 2-4 too. BC plays good defense.  We have a freshman QB.  It could be a long day.  Regardless, it represents one of Maryland's best opportunities to pull off a conference win.  At 5-2, the Terps [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/23/2010 12:00:00 AM |

DeSouza Breaks Both Legs in Scooter Accident

As if things with the football program can't get any worse.  These paragraph's courtesy of the Baltimore Sun: Maryland offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both legs in an accident on his motor scooter and is out for the season, according to the school. DeSouza, the starting right tackle, "was having surgery Friday morning and is expe [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/22/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Terps v Clemson Game Thread

In my mind, today’s game can only be defined in one way. Win or lose,  if the Terps play well; they will remain relevant in the eyes of fans and alumni.  A blowout or demoralizing loss and it is on to basketball season for the faithful.  Terp fans have always been a fickle bunch; but the Football team’s bandwagon is poised for a mass [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/15/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Midnight Madness Primer

The Terps are preparing to kickoff the college basketball season on Friday night for the annual Midnight Madness exhibition.  These shows are short on substance and long on pomp; but they are fun. This year’s version holds a particular bit of mystery in that the Terps will unveil six newcomers to the team:  Terrell Stoglin, Pe’Shon Howar [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/13/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Terps Escape Duke 21-16; Suckiness Confirmed

"We're not the number of fingers I'm holding up!"      Image by Getty Images via @daylifeSo, who had the under tonight?  Thought so.  Jeez, am I glad I don't bet on sports anymore.  How the Terps offense only mustered 14 points against that defense (7 points came on a Punt Return) is a mystery.  Elon College scored more points against Duke than the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/2/2010 8:13:08 PM | Tags: duke, game recaps, football |

Duke v Maryland Preview and Game Thread

Duke Football. Catch the excitement.                  Image by dwehrs via FlickrDuke supposedly has an offense.  41 points in the opener vs.Elon and 48 points at Wake.  Sounds impressive until one looks at the last two games.  13 points scored at Alabama and 21 points scored in a loss to Army.  Granted, Alabama is the best team in the country; but [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/1/2010 9:00:26 PM | Tags: maryland, acc, duke sucks, football |

The FIU Aftermath

The most important thing is a victory. The kids worked their butts off, played hurt, and earned a victory over a decent team. I want to take nothing away from them. I, for one, am proud of how hard they play and have played this year. I just think they can be better and it's up to the coaching staff to put them in better positions to succeed. [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 9/25/2010 12:00:00 AM |

FIU Preview and Game Thread

2-2 or 3-1?  That is the question. Mr. Smith Goes to Byrd Stadium       Image via Wikipedia The answer will determine if the rest of the Terps football season is even worth following.  Am I being dramatic?  Yes.  Is a 2-2 record that includes a home loss to Florida International Universit [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/24/2010 12:00:00 AM | Tags: florida international university, torrey smith, maryland terrapins, college football, game threads |

The Cavalcade of Injuries Continue

Left tackle Justin Gilbert will miss the remainder of the season, according to numerous sources, another in a long, long list of injuries for the Terps through the season's first three weeks. There were a number of lineup change options that the coaches had to choose from, but they decided to go with the one that was horribly unsuccessful on Saturd [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 9/21/2010 12:00:54 PM | Tags: football, injuries, frustration |
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