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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?

Wins
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.
Saturday, Rutgers
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.

Losses
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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 22, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
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Comments

We have not yet played an ACC game, and yet the fans and the media are all forgetting about how up and down we were last year...and think that because we lost to Mid Tenn it's not possible to still have a good season.

MD lost to Mid Tennessee last year in even more pathetic fashion than they did last week (10 point loss vs 1 pt)...MD's blowout loss to UVA was arguably even more pathetic last year than anything we've done so far this year, including the OT win against JMU. And yet, last year MD managed to go on to beat 4 top 25 teams and was winning the division until a week left in the season.

So why such short memories? We laid some serious eggs last year and still managed to rebound. This team is still capable of competing for the ACC title.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

So when the Terps finish 5-6 or so we can come back to September 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm and say, "told ya so."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sure

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen has been at the University of Maryland as head football coach for 9 years. But this year, he is complaining about how young and inexperienced his team is. Where has he and his coaching staff been the past two or three years, when it came to recruiting players, who would be experienced sophomores, juniors, and seniors this year? No more excuses, Ralph. If you don't get to a bowl game this year, AD Debbie Yow should seriously be thinking about replacing you with a younger, recruit hungry, head coach. Look what Randy Shannon is doing at Miami!

Posted by: dgould2222 | September 22, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, real quick, DHB would be a senior this year.

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Dion Armstrong left the team, B. Campbell is hurt.

So that's starters, if not stars, at 3 imperative positions.

You can't hit with every single recruit and you can't complain when your best recruits and eventually, players, leave school early. It's part of the game. Deal with it.

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention Nolan Carroll, our best cover corner, out with an injury. That's 4 starters we should have but don't.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

ok-- I won't call for Fridge's head nor do I have Barno's optimism for an ACC title. IF we get to 6 wins they will be against;
Rutgers, Duke, UVA, NC State and BC. The other games are pretty well out of reach except maybe Clemson. Should we get to 6 it's a big accomplishment for this team.

Posted by: cjterps98 | September 22, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

ok-- I won't call for Fridge's head nor do I have Barno's optimism for an ACC title. IF we get to 6 wins they will be against;
Rutgers, Duke, UVA, NC State and BC. The other games are pretty well out of reach except maybe Clemson. Should we get to 6 it's a big accomplishment for this team.

Posted by: cjterps98 | September 22, 2009 7:54 PM

Yeah because MD usually beats the teams they are supposed to beat and usually loses to the teams they are supposed to lose to. Riiiiiight.

Do you guys follow this team?

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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