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In ACC, There's a Lot Like Home

The current state of the Virginia Tech football team aside, few venues are more intimidating than Lane Stadium on a Thursday night. No doubt Maryland fans remember the Terps' last trip to Blacksburg: a 55-6 loss in 2004. Thursday night showcases have played a big role in building Virginia Tech's national stature and players and fans seem to especially revel in the experience.

However, home-field advantage has not been that big a factor in the ACC this season. In conference games, the home teams have a 15-14 record, and that's thanks mostly to a 4-2 mark on Oct. 25. We've devoted ample space here to the Terps' struggles at night this season, and both instances were road games. Still, Maryland posted a key victory at Clemson, the Terps' second straight win in Death Valley.

How much of an advantage is playing at home? When "Enter Sandman" blares out of the Lane Stadium speakers tomorrow night, will the Terps already be at a significant disadvantage?

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 5, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
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I'd like to see the Terps use "Enter Sandman" to their advantage. If it gets everyone else "hoppin" why not them..

Posted by: terps447 | November 5, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this senior-laden team will not be as intimidated as we were in 2004. A solid first series is going to be critical.

Posted by: NaptownTerrapin | November 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Well MR, I'll be able to tell you first-hand how they react, as I'm shipping of to Blacksburg tomorrow morning. My chick is a VT alumna, and has spent the past 2 months bragging about how the atmosphere is going to be unlike anything I've ever witnessed. I'm not sure any college staduim will ever be able to match the feeling I had jumping up and down on the RFK bleachers screaming "We Want Dallas", but I guess I'll find out in 30 hours or so...

Posted by: KStalz | November 5, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Let us all say a prayer that Virginia Tech beats Maryland.


Virginia Tech -- 37
Maryland -- 13

I am extremely happy that Maryland stopped recruiting Tavon Austin - too much of an academic risk.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | November 6, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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