Where Would a Loss Rank?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Maryland has lost to one non-BCS team in Friedgen’s eight seasons, and that was to open 2003 in Dekalb, Ill. Remember, that Maryland team had won 21 total games in the two previous seasons combined, so expectations were a bit higher. The 20-13 overtime loss was surprising even though Northern Illinois had a pretty good squad led by Michael “The Burner” Turner. In fact, NIU finished 10-2 that season, so as it turned out, the loss wound up being not as bad as it looked at the time. (Thanks to FredTerp for sending the link for yearly win-loss totals.)
From what I have heard about that game --- I arrived at The Post two months later --- the media from Northern Illinois did a pretty good job celebrating that victory in the press box that night. Even with that defeat, the 2003 Terrapins team still won 10 games and pounded West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
Expectations are not quite as high for this year’s Maryland team, and I would contend that MTSU is not as strong as Northern Illinois was. Would a loss Saturday be the worst loss of the Friedgen era?
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