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Scouting the Golden Bears

So in an effort to rid Terps fans' minds of Saturday night's unsightly loss, I thought there might be some merit in beginning to look forward to this week's opponent, the Cal Golden Bears.

Cal's 66-3 win at Washington State certainly was attention-grabbing, though at least one Cal columnist suggests that might have as much to do with the Cougars' ineptitude as with the Golden Bears' brilliance.

What does seem certain is that all of Terrapin Nation had best become familiar with Jahvid Best, though the Heisman talk might be a bit premature.

The real question, as Prisbell and I discussed electronically last night, is how a team that couldn't stop a mid-level Sun Belt team can expect to slow down a Pac-10 opponent that just hung 66 on the road.

If none of this puts you in a better frame of mind, then I'm sure Prisbell will, as only he can. Also, check back soon for a look at Coach Ralph Friedgen's ability to get his teams to recover from losses.

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 8, 2008; 8:43 AM ET
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MD won't win another game this year. The Fridge has completely lost this team. They have no pride, no sense of commitment to the program and are content to be the laughing stock of the ACC.

Posted by: rick | September 8, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Lets see,
1)Cal is traveling across the country, for a noon game (that's a 9am game for Westcoasters)

2)Cal is coming off one the their biggest wins in years against a conference opp.

3)MD is coming off perhaps the worst loss in school history.

Yeah, I smell upset here, or in the least, the Terps should give them a good showing.

Posted by: BuddhaUMD | September 8, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I love my Terps. I am no fair weather fan, having lived through the Bob Wade Era, and the football period known as Third and Krivak.

But we are going to get smushed. Miyagi "Just Like Grape" Style.

Posted by: duck! | September 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

duck!, no need to offer explanations for using reason and being realistic.

Posted by: Joe R | September 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for my Terps, I see a slaughter on the horizon of potentially epic proportions....

Posted by: Jim | September 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Early Prediction

Cal 0
UMD 37


Posted by: Wes | September 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This was the worst showing the terps have had. Blown away in every department by a non conference, non division team. Totally sucked. Let's hope they can get it together and do the same with Cal.

Posted by: curb | September 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

And Turner is our savior? How many passes can he overthrow to the sidelines and how many interceptions can he throw in the end zone???

Posted by: DA BIG TERP | September 8, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Fridge is QB coach yet Stetham, Turner, Steffy clearly not DI material. Hollenbach rose from obscurity but it took him a while. Terps are .500 team

Posted by: Bill | September 8, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Cal Fan here.

I honestly don't think this will be an easy game for us. WSU had a really bad day with lots of bad luck. They are a better team then they showed. We could be in for a bit of a letdown also.

I think it'll be a close game just like Michigan State. I think we will win by 3-10 points though we have more talent.

Good luck

Posted by: Jason | September 8, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Why do Turner, Steffy and Portis have scholarships if they stink? Why did we rescind Steve Slayton's scholarship? Why is our offense so boring to watch? Why do we consistantly underachieve? Why are we so easy to score upon?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 8, 2008 2:14 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 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Cal fan here.

Yes. Its a long trip to the east but guess we should make it. I am feeling good about these guys. This game will say a lot.


Posted by: Achoo | September 8, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Cal fan here and the other Cal fan is wrong.
This isn't last year's team.
This team plays together and they focus on one game at a time. Tedford had them read the book "talent is never enough" over the offseason. They have weekly book reports due. They are continually working on improving. They were doing sprints for "mistakes" that occurred vs. Wazzu whatever those might be.
The team is together. They are focused on only one thing right now: Maryland.
And the next week: Colorado State.

Anyone hoping for Cal to lose this game on their own merits will be sorely dissapointed on Saturday morning.

Have a good one.

Posted by: Nate | September 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it (though I'm reveling in it, really): I didn't even know Maryland *had* a football team.

I know you've played some impressive games of roundball, and I sure will root for you upstarts to Beat Duke on the gridiron.

Looking forward to the game!

Posted by: Old Blue | September 8, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Before anyone says that this season is over, take a Prozac and get over yourselves. I just posted in "NOn-factor" and mostly what I saw was a lack of intensity and emotion on the part of the Terps. I guarantee that won't be the case Saturday. Seeing that it's a home game and against a decent PAC-10 team, I'm sure the Terps will be ready. At least Cal will be ready. Forget about MTSU and just focus on Cal.

Posted by: Mr. G | September 8, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

52-13 Cal, enuff said.

Posted by: JCal | September 8, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Cal will break 100 points for the first time in school history. IN the first half.

Posted by: Ryan Petersen | September 8, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

all analysis aside, this will be a thorough ass-whooping ... Here's a couple of reasons why.

1) Maryland really sucks ass. There's nothing wrong with that ... it happens ... 7 years ago (the year before Tedford took over) we were 1 and 10. Enjoy early drinking, commaraderie and a beautiful day of football. Maryland will be good again.

2) Tedford will run up the score like it was a pinball game. A couple of years ago, Cal was ranked #4 in the country with its only loss being to undefeated, defending National champs and #1 ranked USC. We lost by 6 in a very tight game and remained #4. Despite the fact that, we went on to win the rest of our games, we got leapfrogged by #5 Texas (also with 1 loss) who ran the score up against a nobody team on the final week of the season. We missed out on our first Rose Bowl in 50 years because of that.
Tedford never forgot it.

Don't believe me? check out last weeks game when we were up 52-3 (that's right 52-3)in the fourth quarter and we were still passing the ball en route to a 66-3 victory.

3) Washington State, as bad as they are, are still better than Maryland. It's just a fact. I've seen Maryland play.

4) you guys have a very good running back. We have to sensational running backs, each averaging over 1oo yards/game.

5) Our quarterback has a chip on his shoulder. he only completed 6 of 14 passes last week and made some clear overthrows but we still won 66-3. I expect he'll rack up over 300 yds on Saturday.

6) Well, we don't really need 6 ... all i know is when you have a team in a real conference like you do, there's nothing better in life than college football on a Saturday afternoon. Enjoy it win or lose.

Posted by: yet another cal fan | September 8, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first, as either a Cal fan or Maryland observer, to point out that "yet another cal fan" is a pinhead. A dolt. Prickish. An adolescent grandstander who has yet to learn anything about Cal football.

Show some respect, yet another, before you call yourself a fan.


Posted by: Old Blue | September 8, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse


you are obviously a MD fan who is just mad that your team is bad. The comments that "yet another cal fan" made were not pinhead comments. He was respectful and gave insight, which was a lot more than what you provided. Hope you enjoy a big ass-whooping.

-Cal Fan

Posted by: CalBears | September 9, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

i'm not going to condemn either team. going by cal's motto for this season "every second counts, every play counts, every game counts." having said that if you look at last week's games (Cal 66-3 W) (Maryland 14-24 L) i believe we are a little ahead going into this. but anything can happen. just look at Cal's season last year. my prediction. 24-13 Cal. same score as the Cal-USC game last year

Posted by: calfan | September 9, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

To: yet another cal fan

As a Berkeley grad, and someone who has spent over 30 years at Maryland and has followed the sports fortune of both teams, I think you're terribly wrong in saying that Tedford will run up the score. He's never done that in the past, and has even had his QBs take a "knee" late in the game when other coaches would have tried to keep scoring.

Last week was an anomaly. Cal took 64 players up to Wazzoo and every player played. The 4th team played almost an entire quarter. Tedford was trying to keep the score down, but Wazzoo was so incredibly inept that even the 4th string scored.

As for a "couple of years ago" when Cal was denied a BCS bowl because the Texas coach "wept" his team into the bowl series instead, you still have to remember that Cal got *creamed* in their bowl game by the Red Raiders. Perhaps they weren't that good after all.........

Posted by: Cal '69 grad | September 10, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Can't we all just get along. Not buying the blowout. Cal should win, but will be sluggish with the time change and early start. Neither Maryland nor Wazzu are as bad as their last showings. Plus, I think Friedgen, or however you spell his name, is a good coach. He'll get the terps ready. Cal by 14, getting it together in the second half. All you trash talkers are dorks.

Posted by: Cal Backer | September 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to my beloved Cal fans to start flaming each other in the Maryland papers...

Posted by: Oski Wawa | September 11, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Tedford did not run up the score vs. WSU. The A-Team didn't play in the 2nd half. But Cal did show definitively that it has a deeper squad than WSU - their 2nd stringers could not match up vs. our backups, and their 3rd stringers couldn't match up with our 3rd stringers. Hence the score. But it was not a conscious attempt to run it up. Compare that to Flordia's Urban Meyer opting to kick a field goal with 26 seconds left in the 4th quarter so he could beat Miami 26-3 rather than 23-3.

Cal's rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, as good as USC's. But overall our offense is overrated. Our quarterback has played all of 3 games (OSU, half of Air Force, MSU and half of WSU), and has been inconsistent to say the least. Our recievers have not been productive. We have yet to face an opponent that stacks 8 in the box and dares us to throw. Sometime this year we will. Will Maryland be the one?

Defensively however Cal is underrated. Team speed, especially at the linebacker positions (Cal plays a 3-4 because it has so much skill depth at that position), is at an elite, USC type level. Seemingly the only way to go after Cal's defense is with a straight forward power attack. But ask MSU how that worked out for them. MSU's Javon Ringer is at least as good as Da'Rel Scott, and he was fully contained.

I call this one Cal 24 Maryland 7.

Posted by: Cal84 | September 12, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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