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Five Questions for Terps-Wake Forest

Good morning, everyone! I'll be on the road to College Park in a few hours, but here are five key questions to get warmed up for this afternoon's showdown at Byrd Stadium:

1) Will Sam Swank play?
I know who I will be watching in warm-ups. The gap between Wake Forest kicker Swank and backup Shane Popham is large. The game figures to be low scoring. Field position and field goals could decide the outcome. Therefore, the health of Swank’s right thigh is very important.

2) Can Maryland throw the ball against Wake’s stout defense?
Wake is first nationally in pass efficiency defense. Maryland quarterback Chris Turner has not really been the problem of late, but the Terps still had trouble sustaining drives against Virginia. Sounds like a broken record, but getting Mr. Heyward-Bey involved would certainly help.

3) Can Maryland run the ball with an erratic offensive line?
The o-line has been the biggest disappointment on the team. Center Edwin Williams told me it’s only midway through the season, so the o-line can still live up to expectations as one of the ACC’s best. But Da’Rel Scott needs more than 39 yards on the ground; the line probably needs to make sure he gets at least 100.

4) Will Maryland’s pass defense improve after the Virginia debacle?
Not much more needs to be said about Maryland’s pass defense. And I addressed defensive coordinator Chris Cosh in my story in today’s paper. Riley Skinner is better than Virginia’s Marc Verica, and I don’t expect Skinner to throw four interceptions like he did against Navy. Wake doesn’t have an overwhelming offense and has really struggled in the red zone.

5) How many fans show for this one?
This is the most important home game of the season. If Maryland wins, it can challenge for the ACC title. If Maryland loses, it is all but eliminated. I wonder how many seats in the upper deck of Byrd Stadium will be empty when the game begins. If you don’t show for this one, when would you come??

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 18, 2008; 7:20 AM ET
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Good questions Eric. For #3 I'm hoping Terps come out with an aggressive game plan. It would be nice to see them keep Wake off balance. And #5.Sadly only 2 of us from our group of 5 is going today. I had no luck in giving away the other tickets. UMD football is not a hot item these days. (at least in our crowd) Shame on those who don't show.

Posted by: ewg | October 18, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

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