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Time for Predictions

I told several people before the season that this game at Wake Forest would be the pivotal game of the season for Maryland. Both teams have experienced quarterbacks and a young defense. Neither was expected to challenge for the Atlantic Division crown. I felt the winner of this game would have a decent shot at a bowl game and the loser would maybe fall a little bit short of that 6-6 mark.

I still believe that. Both teams got important wins last week. The problem for Maryland is that it is taking a young team on the road for just the second time this season. Yes, the defense is getting better. But I think playing on the road will be the determining factor in what I envision being a fairly high-scoring entertaining game.

Wake Forest 26, Maryland 23

Tough one to predict. The magic number for Wake is 24 points. It is 23-2 since the start of the 2006 season when it scores 24 or more points.

What does everyone else think?

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 9, 2009; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

I really think UMD defense is coming on.
UMD 20 WF 10

Posted by: erniegogo | October 9, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Last week was an improvement for the defense, but unfortunately I think Wake will pull out a win. This is not say that Maryland is incapable of beating Wake, but I just don't see it happening. Wake wins 31-24.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I've never been that impressed with Riley Skinner, and I think oddsmakers are giving him a bit too much credit. The Terps are getting better, and hopefully they'll get a better coaching performance from Fridge and Franklin that will not lead to the close finish we saw last week. Terps take this one 24-13.

Posted by: Russtinator | October 9, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

If Campbell plays, Terps win a close one 17-14. If not, they lose big.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 9, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Probably dillusional but I think with the D improving and the pressure off of not having to play at home infront of an unhappy crowd Maryland wins. Of course if we lost by 21 I wouldn't be that surprised.

Posted by: norfolkoms | October 9, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

from previous thread...

can someone give a quick rundown of the tiebreaker system in the ACC for football? Barno's point from before that a 5-3 /6-6 team can win the division through tiebreakers and that out of ocnference schedule does not count is way too interesting to explore further.

Weird.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 9, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's a coincidence that the defense has looked better against teams that do not pass the ball very well. Without Campbell I don't see Maryland being able to control the ball enough, which will give Skinner too many opportunities to throw the ball around a la JMU or MTSU. Maryland will have a couple of big plays of its own but I see Wake keeping them at arms length (27 - 17).

Posted by: Netto | October 9, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Wake 30 Terps 17

Posted by: fushezzi | October 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Terps 42

Wake 13


Great day to be a Terp!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 9, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Wake 45 Md 7

Horrible day to be a Terp

Posted by: Poopy-McPoop | October 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, theoretically, even a 3-5 ACC team could win one of the divisions. There are fifteen intra-division games played. So you could have three to five teams win three games in their division and the other teams in that division win two or less. If each team with three wins in that division loses all three of their games against the other division, then you can have several teams tied for first in the division with an ACC record as bad as 3-5.

Last year, if Maryland had beaten Boston College (and if Boston College had lost to Wake--neither happened), the Atlantic Division would have had a three-way tie between 5-3 teams: FSU, Wake, and Maryland, and Maryland would have won the tiebreaker. If BC and FSU had both lost one of the games they won against Coastal Division opponents (e.g. VT and Miami, respectively), all six teams in the Atlantic Division would have finished tied for first with a 4-4 record.

As it happened, BC and FSU both finished tied at 5-3 in the Atlantic, and GT and VT finished tied at 5-3 in the Coastal. VT and BC were both chosen for the title game based on tiebreaker rules.

Posted by: jrchris | October 9, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Here are the official ACC rules (as of last year, they may have changed):

"If more than one team in the same division is tied for the best winning percentage in its Conference games, then, in order to determine the Divisional Champions, the procedures listed below will be followed:

Two-Team Tie:

1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams.

2. Records of the tied teams within the division.

3. Head-to-head competition versus the team within the division with the best overall record (divisional). Conference record and preceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division broken from fi rst to last.

4. Overall record versus all common non-divsional opponents.

5. Combined record vs. all non-divisional teams.

6. Record versus common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish (divisional and nondivisional) and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.

7. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the end of regular season game shall be the divisonal representative in the ACC Championship Game.

8. The representative shall be chosen by a draw.

Three-Team Tie (or More):

(Once tie has been reduced to two teams, the two-team tiebreaker format is used.)

1. Combined head-to-head record among teams.

2. Records of the tied teams within the division.

3. Head-to-head competiton versus the team within the division with the best overall (divisional or conference) record, and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken fi rst to last.

4. Overall record for non-divisional teams.

5. Combined record versus all common nondivisional teams.

6. Record versus common non-divisional with the best overall Conference (divisional and non divisional record) and proceeding through the other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish.

7. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the conclusion of regular season games shall be the divisional representative in the ACC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within fi ve or fewer places of the highest of the highest ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head results if the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the ACC Championship Game.

8. The representative shall be chosen by a draw."

Posted by: jrchris | October 9, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Terps.

Kick some Wake butt today!

Sweep the leg, Terps. Sweep the leg.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 10, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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