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Tough Game to Predict

Okay, it’s time for everybody to make predictions on the James Madison game tomorrow. I’m very curious what everybody thinks will happen because I’ve had a difficult time getting a handle on how this will play out. In fact, I’ve changed my prediction from yesterday after talking to some people.

I do think James Madison is a difficult opponent and that the option will cause Maryland some issues. But losing QB Rodney Landers is a big deal for James Madison, and the Dukes return only 11 starters overall. I can’t imagine Maryland’s defense is as poor as it was last week.

Offensively, the line will be a big issue, as always. The strength of James Madison is its defensive line, with two all-Americans. I think Chris Turner will find receivers more than he did last week, but I could see him getting sacked a few times, as well.

Maryland, 27-13.

That’s my final word on it. (Until I change in tomorrow morning!)

What does everyone else think?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Maryland 31 JMU 7

Posted by: fushezzi | September 11, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Terps 17 jmu 14.

Terps will be lucky to get 17..The o line will really be exposed vs an inferior opponet

And now you see why the athelic department is very "short" on sales of mezzanine and suite seats...

Remember the saying build it and they will come!! NOT......

Remember the saying from ralphee "protect this house !!! NOT....

end of sept 2-2
end of oct 4-4
end of nov 5-7

lets go Gary...

Posted by: carolina1 | September 11, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Maryland 35-14

Posted by: djwilbur1 | September 11, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with 35-17 Terps including a special teams TD. I just hope this defense can start generating turnovers in the new scheme. That was the biggest problem with Cosh's defence, and the Cal performance did not lead me to believe that Brown's defense is any better at turning the ball over.

Scott goes for 100+ and 1 TD
Turner throws for 250+ and 1 TD with 4 sacks and 1 fumble/INT

Posted by: Russtinator | September 11, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Terps 24-21. Closer than it should be. Since when do the Terps win easily?

Posted by: aviscardo | September 11, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

md 17 jmu 10

Posted by: epdaly | September 11, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Word of warning - this year's JMU team is better than last season's Delaware squad - and we remember that ugly mess. The Dukes QB (Dudzik) is trying to fill some big shoes - but he had to do the same thing when Landers got hurt in their national semi-final v Montana - and almost won the game for them (2 running TD's). And they have a redshirt freshman they're high on as well.

The Terps will not be looking past the Dukes. A crappy first week, CAA upsets and a bad game v UD last season will keep them awake. So I say a 24-13 win, with some shaky moments in the first half.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 11, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dukes 23, Terps 17. JMU is for real. Moved their leading rusher from last year to defense because they're loaded on offense again. If Friedgen kicks to Scotty McGee, add 6 more points for JMU!

Posted by: SchoenfeldsDonut | September 11, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm gonna have to pick JMU for the win as well. In fact, I think a similar score as the UVA and Duke games...
I believe the over-enthusiastic and over-hyped Terps will be surprised by the Madison skill players. If UMD gives up a TD in the first quarter, game, set, match... too much to overcome for the young terps.

JMU 28 Maryland 14

Posted by: jk_05 | September 11, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Dukes - 35
Shell Shock - 21

Posted by: dcentofante | September 11, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

To the JMU posters here...ahem: Go back! Go back! Go back into the woods!

Posted by: aviscardo | September 11, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Terps stumble to an ugly victory: 20-13.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

It's all about turnovers. If JMU avoids them early and gains some confidence, it'll be a tight game.

JMU 27
Terps 24

Posted by: noahwayy | September 11, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Terps 45 JMU 10

Posted by: Barno1 | September 11, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

2003...Terps get embarrassed in their opener vs Northern Illinois, then get blown out at FSU the next week. What happened in their home opener in week 3??

A 61-0 Terp win

Posted by: Barno1 | September 11, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Maryland 26
James Madison 16

I will say that a quality BCS team like Florida would win this game by six touchdowns.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 11, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What this game really comes down to is how Maryland plays against themselves. If the Terps are cool and collected and go out with a game plan to play mistake free football, they should win by 3 TD's easily. JMU has a very good team for 1AA, it is just that Maryland probably has a better player at about 17 out of the 22 positions on the field and has much more quality depth.

However, UMD has been suspect against less talented opponents in the Friedgen era and this team has looked lethargic at times the past couple of seasons. If they turn the ball over more than twice, expect things to be dangerously close and if a few bounces go JMU's way, the Terps could see a big fat L. I don't believe that will happen though, last week was more of a wake up game, plus two conference foes also lost to CAA teams (both of whom JMU beat last season) so Maryland won't be as cocky.

I got the Terps though 31-13

Posted by: mtorioles | September 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Why do I get the feeling that if the Terps beat JMU, they will go on and beat MTSU and RU to finish 3-1 nonconference?

Can JMU really be a barometer game? I think so.

Terps 27, JMU 13

Posted by: kozora | September 11, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

No burnin' couches in CP this weekend.

Dukes 38
UM College Park 10

Posted by: GIANTGLASS | September 11, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

No burnin' couches in CP this weekend.

Dukes 38
UM College Park 10

Posted by: GIANTGLASS |

Ha - if that's the final score, they'll definitely be burning something that weekend. The UMD student body always keeps a reliable supply of effigy fuel handy for either circumstance.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Terps 31...JMU 14.

Offense plays better, Scott and Turner have big games...and "D" cant be as bad as last week.

Posted by: johnbecka | September 11, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

No made up MD recruiting scandal to report on this week? What a shame. When's your next attack on MD message board posters? You're a class act.
No wonder the Washington Post is losing money. They actually pay hacks like this to write.

Posted by: mewade69 | September 12, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

newwade 69, looks like he is doing his job! you took the time to read his column and post a comment..reel ya in Big boy..Just like little dick synder does with deadskin fans..

Go Panters and a great owner like jerry richardson

Synder is a napeleon type little dick

Posted by: carolina1 | September 12, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Maryland 38
JMU 10

Posted by: skins824 | September 12, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

GW, alias "Barno" is now drinking Koolaid from the Fridge!

Posted by: petecard | September 12, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: carolina1 | September 12, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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