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Saturday's Scoreboard Watching

As fans, players and media start filing into Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon, everyone’s thoughts will be on a game in Winston-Salem, N.C., that will have a significant impact on Maryland’s ACC Atlantic Division title chances.

A few veteran players said they will somehow find out the score of the game before they take the field against Florida State. But senior Jeremy Navarre said the televisions in the Gossett Team House won’t be on, and are never on, because coaches do not want distractions before kickoff of their game.

Nevertheless, “I will be looking for it throughout warm-ups,” Navarre said.

Would it be better for Maryland if players knew or do not know the final score of the Boston College-Wake Forest game before they kick off against FSU?

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 20, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
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I think if the player realized they were just 60 minutes away from going to the ACC Championship game, it would add fuel to their fire.

If the players know they must win to keep the dream alive, it might add a since of urgency.

Posted by: buddhaumd | November 20, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Eric - Your story this morning suggested that Maryland would win the division even with a loss to FSU and two BC losses. But if we lose to FSU, won't Maryland and FSU both have 3 losses, with the tiebreaker going to FSU because of the head to head win?

Posted by: ICBomber | November 20, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. Better to know. What negative effect could it have? I'm sure it won't take much for word to spread around the stadium and the field.

Go Deacs!

Posted by: putnam23 | November 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse


a umd loss to fsu would leave fsu at 5-3.

a bc loss to wake would leave wake at 5-3.

a bc loss to umd would then leave umd at 5-3.

maryland would win the 3 way tie as i understand b/c they have the better atlantic division record right???

Posted by: deadskin | November 20, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe you are right deadskin in that scenario, but MD still would have a game at BC they would have to win. FSU would be dow in the conference. Also if it turned into a two team race, FSU would win head to head. If Wake wins it takes BC out of the picture the winner of MD FSU wins the division. No matter what it is best if Wake wins for us and to simplify everything. If FSU wins Then BC could still take it if they win out against WAke and MD. As of right now only BC and us are in total control of their own destiny.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | November 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The way we get to the 5-3's is correct, the tie breaker assumptions are not.

Maryland HAS TO WIN this weekend, there is no other road to the ACC championship. If we lose to FSU and BC wins, we're out, done deal.

If we lose to FSU and BC loses to Wake, we're out, because FSU beats us in the first tie-breaker: head to head.

So in reality: the scores don't matter, we have to win.

But as the first poster put forth, either scenario *should* provide motivation.

Posted by: ckstevenson | November 20, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

stevenson your wrong. If wake beats boston college, and we lose to fsu but beat boston college, maryland, wake and FSU will be 5-3. FSU will have the head to head against maryland, but wake has the head to head against fsu and we would have the head to head against wake. then the atlantic record comes into play, and maryland would have less atlantic loses and therefore would win the atlantic

Posted by: thomassmith1 | November 20, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I forgot about the three way tie part, my bad.

Given how things work for MD, Wake will lose to BC.

Any view of the FSU game by the players other than "We MUST win" is not helpful.

Posted by: ckstevenson | November 20, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

i thought i was right!!!

Posted by: deadskin | November 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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