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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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 18, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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I think the more important thing is where the game was played. The 3 teams coming off of losses that beat MD played MD at their place.

The one team coming off a loss that played MD at MD lost to Maryland.

Posted by: FeartheNoodle | November 18, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

At this point in the season, it doesn't really matter about who won before or who lost before or who played whom at which field. This game is all about the title. The winner has the inside track on the Atlantic division title and a berth in the ACC Championship in Tampa. in other words, this is what the entire season has been leading up to. I felt at the beginning of the year, when I first saw the schedule, that this would be the game that decides who goes to Tampa, providing the Terps and the Noles were still in it. So regardless of all that's happened, this is one time each team needs to bring their A-game... unless you like spending your holidays in Charlotte.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 18, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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