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Friedgen After Losses

Entering this season, Maryland had lost 31 games under Coach Ralph Friedgen. Two of those losses were in bowl games, and two were regular-season finales.

So that means there were 27 occasions when Friedgen's Terps faced regular-season games coming off a loss. They were 16-11 in those games, with the following yearly breakdown:

2001: 1-0
2002: 3-0
2003: 2-1
2004: 3-3
2005: 2-3
2006: 2-1
2007: 3-3

Tough to draw a whole lot of conclusions from that. Obviously, the Terps had more success bouncing back in Friedgen's first three seasons, but those were better teams. The only way a team can finish with a mediocre record without losing consecutive games is to alternate wins and losses virtually all season.

Here's what's more interesting: On six occasions, Friedgen's teams have faced ranked opponents the game after a loss (as the Terps do this week). The Terps are 3-3 in those games, including last season's victories over Rutgers and Boston College. In fact, three of the Terps' past five wins over ranked foes have come in the game following a loss (the 2004 win over Florida State is the other). Considering that Friedgen's teams are 8-16 overall against ranked opponents (including bowl games), their success coming off losses is noticeable.

Also interesting (though a bit misleading) is that Friedgen's teams are 6-0 when facing a nonconference opponent after a loss (as the Terps do this week). The reason that's misleading? The wins are over the likes of Troy State, Akron, Eastern Michigan, the Citadel, Florida International and Rutgers. Of those, only last year's Rutgers team could be considered the competitive equivalent of this season's Cal squad.

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
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Maybe it helps in that they can focus on their own problems and not think about the next opponent as much. I can definitely see how that would be a benefit going into a game against a team like Troy (although I thought we had decided that Troy must be a major power). But I'm really scared about this week.

By the way, what do are all the people calling for Chris "Proven Winner" Turner have to say for themselves?

Posted by: KeepHopeAlive | September 8, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Where is the panic button and how do we push it?

Posted by: V | September 8, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's defensive line is a complete joke.

I have seen a better pass rush by Pop Warner and CYO teams.

Prediction for Maryland's upcoming game --

Califonia - 48
Maryland - 13

Maryland will finish with a 3-9 record (good for last place in the ACC - even behind Duke)

I am glad that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins and Travis Hawkins will be signing with the University of Florida.

Posted by: Dennis | September 8, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Dennis - how many blog threads are you going to copy and paste that on? I'll wager they win at least two non-conference games and two conference games for at least 4 wins for the year. Getting to 6-6 looks pretty dicey at this point, though. Unless somebody figures out how to get the defense to play to their capability pretty darn quick.

Posted by: Jack57 | September 8, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

No defense plays to their capability if they are on the field 40 minutes. Honestly its a minor miracle they held MTSU to 24 points considering the TOP and Turner giving them the ball at the 5. The defense wasn't the problem, the offense was...

Posted by: Lee | September 8, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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