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What a Day

A wild, dizzying day in College Park today. It began with everyone in the press box watching the Boston College game. Some people were already looking ahead to a possible ACC title game. Then it looked like Boston College was beaten. Then the Eagles rally to pull it out. Then the game starts, and it's all Florida State from the start. Maryland's plan to start selling ACC title game tickets after the game was off.

Ralph Friedgen, as i talked about in my story, put the blame on the plays, and cited a lack of effort. He would know. I just thought Florida State clearly was the better team. The 'Noles were faster and had more weapons. And Chris Turner didn't get any protection and got knocked all over the field.

It was interesting that Turner said the defensive players were dirty and took cheap shots.

So where do they go from here? I'd say Maryland winds up in a bowl in Orlando, Nashville or Charlotte, but this thing is very fluid, and they could fall based on what happens next week.

What type of team shows up to play Boston College? The Eagles are playing for a division title. Maryland is not. Maryland has trouble playing on the road even when it has plenty of incentive to play well on the road. I just wonder how much this team will be motivated next week. As we have said for three months, this team is impossible for anyone to predict and can win or lose any game by any margin.

My schedule is this: I'll post some more reaction from the game and some tidbits on Boston College on Sunday and Monday. Ralph will have his teleconference on Tuesday. I will have a few stories next week and keep the blog busy with a strong flurry to the finish.

Now, time for a snack and a replay of the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 2:00 AM ET
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I agree we were beat by a faster, stronger, better prepared team. I would like to have seen a better effort from the offense. Did we even have a game plan? I really don't like our chances at BC. A 7-5 record means another in a line of so-so seasons with a bid to a mediocre bowl game.

Posted by: erniegogo | November 23, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Is it only preparation and 'will to win'? Suppose, for the sake of argument, that this year's Terps are playing at their talent level. When they get a few breaks and become highly motivated, they'll win; if things don't break well and team chemistry is not high, they lose. Just like most ACC teams this year. This year the Terps made VA, MT, VT, and FSU look very, very, good. Isn't it reasonable to say that MD, VT and FSU are as good as they look?

Whatever. But history teaches that changing the coaching staff is highly unlikely to bring about great improvements. Quite the contrary. So let's stick with the Fridge and Co.

Posted by: AncientTerp | November 23, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I agree that changing the coaching staff will not solve the problems. Look at Michigan this year. Anyone that thought that R-Rod would come in and create an offensive juggernaut like he did at WVU are going to have to wait a few more years before that even remotely materializes. In the meantime, it was a combination of turnovers, lack of protection and play calling that doomed the Terps. Plus, I liked the Seminoles' gameplan by having Ponder run more of an option attack. That seemed to keep the defense guessing all night.
I also think playing at night is terrible. All 4 losses have come at night. Maybe this team is more wired up to play earlier in the day, when they are fresh and alert. Thank God the BC game is at 3:30.
Speaking of which, everybody seems to be down about next weeks game. The Terps this year have followed up a tough loss with an impressive win, especially against a favored opponent. This time, it's during the day, we're the underdog with presumably "nothing to play for", and the chance to play the spoiler. Looks like we got them right where we want them. Bring on the smurf turf and let Boise St play a real team!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 23, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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