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Bye, Bye: Terps Back In Action

Hope everyone enjoyed a stress-free bye week: No concerns about defensive breakdowns, losing to overmatched foes or failing to get the ball to the best offensive player. But now, Maryland football is back to business, and in a situation that has brought out the best in the Terps this season: Facing a ranked opponent.

After the Middle Tennessee game, we looked at Coach Ralph Friedgen's record in the game after losses. Obviously, thanks to the win over Cal, you can add not just a win, but a win over a top-25 foe. That means Friedgen actually has a winning record (4-3) when facing ranked opponents in the first game after his team has lost. Before the Cal game, Friedgen told his team it was time for a character check; what remains to be seen is how often he can go to that motivational well.

Like the Cal game, this is a noon kickoff at Byrd Stadium. Unlike the Golden Bears, the Demon Deacons can play some defense. They rank sixth in the country in pass defense, 17th in total defense, and, perhaps most importantly for this game, seventh in the country in turnover margin. In beating Clemson and Florida State, Wake allowed a combined 123 rushing yards, 22 first downs, eight turnovers and just 10 points

Navy showed how to beat Wake two weeks ago: Intercept four of Riley Skinner's passes. That performance appears to be a complete aberration in that Skinner hasn't thrown another interception all season.

What do you think are the Terps' biggest keys for victory this Saturday?

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 13, 2008; 8:22 AM ET
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Comments

1.They have to be aggresive on D. Cosh just can't be himself if they expect to win.

2. Franklin needs to open the play book early. No way will basic vanilla work against Wake.

Posted by: Paco in Ajijic | October 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Making the trip to Charlottesville - oh wait that didn't work out so well did it? LOL!

How bout, not posting arrogant, assinine keys like you did with the keys to beating Virginia? Maybe preparing for an actual game instead of having an overinflated opinion of how good you are?

It won't matter anyway, Maryland has zippy chance to beat Wake.

Posted by: Keys to Beating Virginia? | October 13, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Prediction:

Wake Forest -- 34
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 | October 14, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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