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:
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.
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