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Sizing Up the Competition's Competition

File this one under the Getting WAY Ahead of Ourselves Dept., but I was looking at that Clemson-Wake game a week from Thursday and wondering whom Terps fans should be rooting for. So that got me to looking at the remaining schedules for the Coastal Atlantic Division contenders and, well, it's Monday and what else are you going to do?

My conclusions:

(1) Maryland fans should obviously root for the team the Terps have beaten (Clemson) rather than the one it hasn't yet played (Wake); this is an obvious observation that becomes even more pronounced when you look at whom each team has left.

(2) Maryland seems to have a tougher road the rest of the way than its main competitors (although the Terps do have four of their final six at home), so the win over Clemson was key and the Wake game even more so, in terms of potential tiebreaker ramifications.

(3) It's still September, and we're talking about the only team Middle Tennessee has beaten this season. This is insane!

Ignoring No. 3 for moment, here are the schedules for the Coastal Atlantic Division's top four:

Saturday at Virginia
Oct. 18 Wake Forest
Oct. 25 N.C. State
Nov. 6 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 15 North Carolina
Nov. 22 Florida State
Nov. 29 at Boston College

Wake Forest

Oct. 9 Clemson
Oct. 18 at Maryland
Oct. 25 at Miami
Nov. 1 Duke
Nov. 8 Virginia
Nov. 15 at N.C. State
Nov. 22 Boston College
Nov. 29 Vanderbilt

Oct. 9 at Wake Forest
Oct. 18 Georgia Tech
Nov. 1 at Boston College
Nov. 8 at Florida State
Nov. 15 Duke
Nov. 22 at Virginia
Nov. 29 South Carolina

Florida State

Saturday at Miami
Oct. 16 at N.C. State
Oct. 25 Virginia Tech
Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 8 Clemson
Nov. 15 Boston College
Nov. 22 at Maryland
Nov. 29 Florida

How do you compare Maryland's schedule to the others? Two points stick out to me: (1) I don't think this Virginia Tech team, though it is improving from week to week, is decidedly better than Maryland; but I do think trying a Thursday night in Blacksburg is a very difficult proposal; (2) will T.J. Yates be healthy (and back to form) by Nov. 15? Cameron Sexton looked pretty good against Miami, but the Heels are a more formidable opponent with Yates.

By Matthew Rennie  |  September 29, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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Pretty good synopsis- FSU has the toughest schedule of that group.

Also- you say Coastal several times when you mean the Atlantic division.

Posted by: Greg | September 29, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the catch, Greg. As Prisbell mentioned in another post, I'm a little subpar this morning.

Posted by: Rennie | September 29, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I would say Clemson has the toughest road with games @ Wake, BC, and FSU.

I honestly think MD has near the easiest road left with all it's big games in division at home. @ VT on a Thursday night is by far the toughest test. But if you beat Wake and FSU at home having already beat Clemson on the road and you've pretty much punched your ticket to Tampa...

Posted by: Lee | September 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Wake has the easiest, esp after they get done with Clemson and the Terps.

I can see Clemson losing their next 3 which are @Wake, GT and @BC

FSU has its hands full with VT @GT and Clemson in a 3 game strech

Wake, VT and at BC will all be tough for the Terps, with VT just seeming to be a huge uphill game.

Posted by: BuddhaUMD | September 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Virginia -- 27
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

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

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

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | September 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow Wake,.............. Duke, UVA, NCSU in a row. Their stars are aligned.

Posted by: Rory | September 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Looks like your 4-8 prediction has fallen by the wayside, Gary. The Clemson result must have been a bitter pill for you to swallow. Just thinking about how upset that Terp victory made you makes me feel warm inside...

Posted by: Joe W.... | September 29, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Joe W just ignore Gary. He is like 286 on ACCBoards, 17 going on 11, just looking for attention? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 30, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Is there a way that you could label Gary as SPAM so we don't need to put up with his BS. He is taking up too much space. You need to be proactive & get him out of here. Let's take a poll to have him go bother my 8 year olds opponents.

Posted by: Jack | September 30, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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