Winners Lose, Losers Win
The headline written above explains a trend in Maryland's games this season. A team that comes off off a win, feeling good about itself, often loses. A team that comes in off a loss, just hissing mad, almost always beats Maryland.
In this exercise, let’s take eight previous opponents. Do not consider Delaware, because it was the season opener, or Eastern Michigan, because Maryland could have beaten EMU blindfolded in an ice hockey rink.
The three teams that have beaten Maryland this season --- Middle Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech --- all lost the game they played before beating Maryland.
Four teams that lost to Maryland --- California, Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina – all won the game they played before losing to Maryland.
And one team, North Carolina State, lost the game they played before losing to Maryland.
What does that mean for Saturday? Florida State is coming off a difficult loss. Will the Seminoles bounce back, or lose two straight?
I keep thinking about something Ralph Friedgen said at a booster function a few weeks ago: “Sometimes I don’t think there are any good teams anymore. It’s just a matter of who shows up each Saturday.”
Never more true in the ACC than this season.
Friedgen's Tuesday press conference starting soon ... We will have updates.
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