I had planned to pick Duke to beat Maryland ever since the Terrapins lost to Wake Forest on Oct. 10. I must say that I have gotten a little nervous the past few days because most people seem to be picking the Blue Devils. The Terrapins do have a chance for an upset Saturday. But it would still be considered an upset if Maryland won. I’m sticking with the Blue Devils.
Neither team can run the ball well. I expect Maryland to run the ball a little better than Duke if Caleb Porzel gets a decent amount of carries.
Both teams should be able to throw the ball. I expect Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to have more success than Maryland quarterback Chris Turner in the passing game. I can see Lewis throwing for at least 350 yards.
The other issue is that Maryland has not won a true road game since rallying to beat Clemson last season. That was a while ago. California and Wake Forest jumped all over the Terrapins this season. This will be a unique environment at Duke on Saturday, but who really knows what to expect. Maryland has not played there since 2004. Duke thinks it can get to its first bowl game since 1994. Maryland will be home for the holidays, barring an unforeseen turn of events in November.
Maryland practiced really well this week, according to Coach Ralph Friedgen. Players were loose but a little mad over recent struggles. That should help, but it won’t be enough. Coming off an open date, Duke will be ready.
Duke 34, Maryland 24.
What does everyone else think?
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