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?
(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
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
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.
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