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?
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