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Maryland-West Virginia: The season's tone will be set

By Ryan Broadwater

Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers of West Virginia is Maryland’s first chance to truly come out of its shell. It’s not a “be all, end all” game the Terps have to win for their season to be a success, but it’s a game that could later on turn out to be the icing on the cake. Obviously, this game has no ACC implications for Maryland, but that does not mean the Terps are not going to take this game seriously. It’s a rivalry game and West Virginia is ranked. Bragging rights, recruiting advantages and national recognition is at stake for both teams.

Last week WVU almost lost to Marshall for the first time ever. That could a good thing or a bad thing. It could be good for Maryland if WVU is still riding their high from the comeback win, but it could be bad if it made the Mountaineers realize everyone is bringing their “A” game when they come to play.  The biggest advantage the Terps have on Saturday is that West Virginia will be playing LSU next week. Many players and fans have had that game circled for months, not the Maryland game.

Milan Puskar Stadium will be rocking nonetheless. There will be 60,000+ fan screaming for the blue and gold, with the Terps in one most raucous atmospheres in college football. I think West Virginia will be ready for Maryland, but I think Maryland will be ready for West Virginia. Don’t be surprised if this game resembles the 2004 matchup when WVU won in overtime 19-16. I’m pulling for Maryland in this one and if there is a team who can upset the Mountaineers at home it would be the Terps. I’ll send everyone off with what could be the quote of the year from Alex Wujciak.

"It's the only place you go where old ladies and grandmothers flick you off."

By Box Seats blogger  |  September 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Ryan Broadwater , Terps  | Tags: Maryland-West Virginia  
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