The Path to a Bowl Game
The more I look at this schedule, the more I realize it is going to be very difficult for Maryland to reach a bowl game. If Maryland does rally and win six games to reach a bowl game, there is a high probability the Terrapins will wind up in the EagleBank Bowl against either Army or a team from Conference USA. I guess there is also a chance Maryland could face a Mid-American Conference team in the GMAC bowl in Mobile on Jan. 6. Imagine that?
But let’s chart a course to a bowl game right now. Gotta win six games, we know that. Which five are the easiest?
Oct 17, Virginia
The Cavaliers shut out the Terrapins last season, but maybe Maryland gets lucky and Al Groh is still coaching the team when the game is played this year.
Oct. 24, at Duke
I’ve been saying this will be a dangerous game since I was talking about the schedule in a dingy Las Vegas gym watching AAU basketball this summer. Wouldn’t surprise me if Duke won, but if Maryland is going to make any sort of run at a bowl game, gotta win this one.
Nov. 28, Boston College
An interesting matchup. Decent chance both teams enter the game looking to become bowl eligible. I wonder what the interest level in the Terps will be at this point if Gary Williams’s basketball team is fresh off some impressive wins in Maui.
Oct. 10, Wake Forest
I never thought this would be an easy game, but I figured both teams would have similar resumes by season’s end. So it is a pivotal contest. Not the best Wake team, but it’s in Winston-Salem, and Maryland at this point is having trouble with the CAA and Sun Belt.
Rutgers was overrated from the start of the season. This is not a team in position to challenge for the Big East title. Inexperience at quarterback and offensive line issues make this a winnable game for Maryland.
Oct. 3, Clemson
It shouldn’t be two in a row over the Tigers, who have too much speed at running back, wide receiver and on defense. Kyle Parker looks good at QB, and maybe they have found a coach.
Nov. 7, N.C. State
The Wolfpack has underwhelmed so far, but the guess here is that a Tom O’Brien-coached team gets it together. Maryland has had its share of success in Raleigh, but it’s always a rowdy, rabid fan base and a difficult place to bring a young team.
Nov. 14, Virginia Tech
See last year’s game.
Nov. 21, Florida State
If Maryland wears the uniforms of Jacksonville State, the Terps have a chance.
September 22, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
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