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?
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