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Five Questions for Terps-U-Va.

Before I hit the road for Charlottesville, here are five key questions for tonight’s game:

1) Can Maryland put together a complete game?
The Terps played well for three quarters against Cal. They played well, or well enough, in the second half against Clemson. It’s time for them to pitch a complete game.

2) Will Da’Rel Scott bounce back?
Part of Scott’s struggles last week can be attributed to the struggles of the offensive line. But Scott also was running too much east and west. He should be closer to 100 percent tonight.

3) Do the Cavaliers have any fight left in them?
This is destined to be a lost season for Virginia. After being outscored 128-20 by Division I-A schools, Virginia is facing the prospect of not winning another game this season. If the Cavs have any fight left, it’s time to see it tonight against one of their rivals.

4) Can Chris Turner play like he does against good teams?
Turner had a combined three touchdown passes and no interceptions against Cal and Clemson. He is looking to throw a touchdown pass in his fifth straight game tonight. Virginia’s defense doesn’t look to pose much resistance.

5) Will Maryland’s defense gain some confidence heading into the bye week?
The pass defense still ranks as one of the nation’s worst. But matching up against Virginia’s sorry offense can cure many woes. Virginia ranks last nationally in scoring offense. Time for Maryland’s defense to put together a strong performance for four quarters.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 4, 2008; 9:49 AM ET
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They are DONE winning this year.

Posted by: U-Va. sucks | October 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Question: why won't Maryland allow their fans to watch the games on television? They had to go and sign this big contract with ESPNU that forces a lot of people to have to shell out money for a pay channel, shell out money to go to a bar, or try to watch the game on the Internet. I know it's a money-driven deal, but doesn't it make financial sense to keep one's fans engaged? Shame on the university and the athletic department!

Posted by: M.A.S.H. | October 4, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't UMD who decided to put the games on ESPNU and UMD did not sign the contract.

It was the ACC that signed the contract and it was ESPN that decided to put this game on ESPNU.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 4, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Terp Ticker | October 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Screw Terp ticket unless it says that the game is on a station that I don't have to pay for.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine a game at a real football school like Alabama, Ohio State, or Penn State being televised on a pay-for-view channel? Only a second tier game would ever be selected for ESPNU.

Posted by: JT | October 4, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

If Debbie Yow cared this game would be on a station that was viewable to the real fans.

Posted by: Mr. Harris | October 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

1) No.

2) Not really.

3) I guess so.

4) No.

5) They should hang their heads in shame.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 4, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.


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 6, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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