Cal in a Blowout?
Hey, everyone knows the Sept. 5 season-opener promises to be a bit challenging for Maryland. The Terrapins – the very young Terrapins -- are flying across the country to play a late-night game against a nationally ranked California team that has its sights set on knocking off Southern California and winning the Pac-10 title. Oh, yeah, California also would like a little revenge after that 35-27 loss at Byrd Stadium on Sept. 13. And Heisman hopeful Jahvid Best would no doubt like to redeem himself after Kevin Barnes made him throw up on the field in the first half.
Anyone see the line on the game? Cal is favored by 21.5 points.
Anyone thinks that’s a bit too much respect given to Cal? Or is the margin about right at this point? Yes, I could see Maryland getting run off the field in Berkeley, Calif., but I am not ready to predict that. Maryland does have a senior quarterback who plays particularly well against good teams and a revamped defense likely to at least fluster opponents at the outset. I’m not saying Maryland will win this game; I just think it’s too early to say it will be a rout. Cal still has some issues at quarterback. No one out there seems sold on QB Kevin Riley yet, and the wide receivers need to show they have taken a step forward, as well. But the defense is stout and Best is probably the nation's most explosive player. (Forget the probably.)
Some Maryland players are pretty fed up about being discounted this season in general.
“I hate being counted out,” senior defensive back Jamari McCollough said, “but I like surprising people and leaving people shocked. I like to shut people up.”
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