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Boise Newspaper: The Terrapins Don't 'Sizzle'

As a reporter who used to cover the Western Athletic Conference earlier this decade, I know the Idaho Statesman does a great job covering Boise State and all things WAC related. In today's story, reporter Chadd Cripe writes that undefeated Boise State will almost certainly head to San Diego to play Texas Christian.

"The Broncos' only other opportunity is to play the eighth choice out of the ACC in the Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30 at Bronco Stadium - likely Maryland (7-5).

The Terrapins don't "sizzle."

The Horned Frogs - who are finishing up their sixth Top 25 season in nine years - do."

It is always interesting to get an idea of the national perception of Maryland. I would agree with Cripe's sentiment about Maryland. An undefeated Boise State team deserves better than to play a middling ACC team. in fact, Boise State deserves a berth in a BCS game, but that's another story.

But I contend that Maryland did have "sizzle." Just a few weeks ago, the Terrapins were known as a team who played their best against the best. They had won six straight games against ranked opponents, including four this season, which was the most in the country. At that time, a Maryland-Boise State matchup would have generated a little more interest than it does now. Maryland squandered its national appeal with, in the words of Ralph Friedgen, "not showing up" against Florida State and losing a hard-fought game at Boston College.

So barring an unforseen turn of events, we'll likely be left with a Nevada-Maryland game on a blue field in Boise, Idaho. Not exactly a sizzling matchup.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 4, 2008; 10:57 AM ET
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The paper is correct. Sizzle is out. What have you done for me lately? Lose 3 out of the last 4 = NOTHING. Teams like NC St and Clemson are more attractive with momentum.

We were 7-3 and 4-2 after beating UNC.

TERPS have no one but themselves to thank for their predicament.

Posted by: terpcentral1 | December 4, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Well the game is being held in Boise, so there's no sizzle there either.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

very plaxico like of the terps,self inflicted wounds.... and just like that.thoughts of miami turn to the reality of boise, where spuds and blue turf rule.

Posted by: toddwhite2004 | December 4, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

No sizzle is right on. Why would anyone want to watch today's Terps lose in the middle of nowhere? Or squeeze out a win, in the middle of nowhere? Fact is, this team does not deserve to attend a post season bowl. Post season play has been greatly devalued over the past twenty years. Let's recall the significance of post season play in the 40' to 60's.

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 4, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching. It could be much worse. Maryland could go back to the 90's when they never made a bowl. Bring on Nevada on the smurf turf! Go Terps!

Posted by: croftonpost | December 4, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

All of the second/third/fourth tier bowls have no sizzle. They're filled with 7-5/8-4 teams, unless it's a team from a weaker conference. MD has little sizzle (despite some good wins) because of losses that have piled up. Of course, that's true of half the bowl-eligible teams.

Posted by: ah___ | December 4, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

UNV has a football team?

Great, from playing for either Miami or Atlanta to essentially being forgotten and playing in a worse bowl than last year in two weeks. What a disaster. I sure hope next year's seniors show more heart and soul. Regardless of whatever injuries we had, this is inexcusable.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 4, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I'll watch them whereever they go, and as long as they treat the Wolf Pack the same as they did the Wolfpack I'll be happy. Go Terps!!

Posted by: Mikey14 | December 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

not that i am not happy that the Terps have made a bowl, I am, I was a student there in the 90's and remember the bad years. Not to beat a dead horse but I am still confused at why the Terps are not able to play Navy? I understand they have Finals but can't those be shifted? I just don't feel like the admin. did enough to make that game happen. As an alumni i would buy tickets to see the "crab bowl" and enjoy siting in the cold for the game.

Posted by: candela95 | December 4, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I work with a bunch of Navy people over by the Navy Yard and they were rooting for a Maryland - Navy game. It would have been huge locally. Alas, instead, I'll watch Maryland on the blue turf.

Posted by: Joran | December 4, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Terps v. Navy = sizzle
Terps v. Nevada = not so much sizzle

Rearranging finals is not that difficult, especially if you travel within a half hour of campus. Plus, the game has a better chance of being represented by both teams than in Boise.

But if it's Boise, I'll still watch. SACK THE PACK!!!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's an idea: if Boise doesn't want an eighth place ACC team with no "sizzle," then maybe they shouldn't have signed a contract for the number eight ACC bowl slot.

Posted by: TerpPerson | December 4, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

An ode to Ralph

When Ralph took the helm we had visions of orange
Now we're only seeing smurf blue

This bowl season we'll see you in Boise
Perhaps next year we'll play in a toxic waste dump in New Joisey?

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | December 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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