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Maryland vs. Wake: The perfect storm

By Ryan Broadwater

This weekend’s game against Wake Forest keeps getting bigger and bigger for Maryland. Months ago this game was circled because it was homecoming and the only home game over a one month time span. Just under a week ago, when the Terps beat Boston College, bowl eligibility status became achievable. Now after last night's thrilling game between Florida State and N.C. State, this game holds first place implications in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

 No pressure though, right? Well, just a little.

It would truly be a special weekend for the Terps if they win, considering where they finished last year and the expectations placed upon the team and the coaches for this season. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Wake Forest isn’t as bad of a team as their record indicates. Frankly, they have had the Terps' number the past couple of years, winning three out of the last four meetings. Maryland typically has trouble dealing with the spread/misdirection offense Wake brings to the table. The edge Maryland has this year is experience at the skill positions. The Demon Deacons are almost a reflection of where the Terps were at this point last year.

Look out of for Josh Harris though, Wake’s freshman phenom running back, who made Virginia Tech’s run defense look like high schoolers. He rushed 20 times for 241 yards and two TDs. This guy is legit and with the Deac’s current losing streak, be prepared for Jim Grobe to try anything with him. Harris’ partner in crime is another Josh, only with the last name Adams, and he always seems to have a career day against Maryland. If I remember correctly he started Wake Forest’s romp of Maryland last year with a 48-yard TD run.

The Terps run defense better be prepared tomorrow because I expect Wake to try to eat up as much clock as possible. This is due to a couple of reasons. One reason is the Deac’s have a true freshman quarterback and Grobe will probably want to limit Maryland’s chances of intercepting a poorly thrown ball. Trust me, Jim Grobe definitely watched last weekend’s game against Boston College and saw how their freshman quarterback got manhandled through the air. The other reason I expect Wake to hold onto the ball as long as possible is to limit the time of possession for Maryland’s offense. Not because the Terps offense is that good, just because Wake’s defense is that bad. They are surrendering an average of 37.7 points per game, and are ranked last in the ACC in total defense.

The stars have aligned for Maryland and if they put together a full four quarters of football, this season could continue to be special. A win tomorrow will continue to give this young team confidence and momentum, two things you must have if you want to win in Miami next week.

By Box Seats blogger  | October 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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