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Maryland-Duke on Oct. 2 set for 6 p.m. kickoff

Yes, that somewhat profane yell you heard out of Howard County a few hours ago did come from me when I checked an email from the ACC while driving. The reason for the outburst: Maryland’s game against Duke on Oct. 2 will kick off at 6 p.m.

It will also be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

The kickoff time may be good news for fans, but it’s bad news for me because deadline is particularly tight.

On another note, I think some fans are being too hard on the coaches thus far, but I’ll chime in more about that in a post tomorrow morning.

By Eric Prisbell  | September 20, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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You're dead right, Eric, about Terp supporters piling on the coaches. It's an old, easy, and superficial thing to do but it usually leads to expensive and inefficient changes in a program. Don't the boo-birds know that they'll have to find really big bucks to hoist UMd into the top ten elite? The Maryland taxpayer ain't gonna do it, indeed, cannot do it. And a reduction in academic standards may also be necessary to bring in the studs needed for elite FB and BB. That's an unacceptable price, IMO.

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

One loss and we're back on the Ocho with squirrel water skiing!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 20, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think piling on the coaches is what college fans should be doing. You can't blame a bunch of kids for making mistakes, you blame the guys who are paid to get the kids ready!

The coaching staff has been less than spectacular this season. From Brown's defense that gave up oodles of rush yards to Navy and let WVU run off to a 21-0 first half lead to Franklin's terrible playcalling, the coaching needs to improve.

ANYONE who defends the coaches, particularly Franklin, is obviously not watching the games. TWICE now they've brought in O'Brien in questionable situations (red zone against Navy and in the "2-minute" drill at the end of the first half on Saturday), it seems that they almost want this kid to fail. They tried to do the same thing with Chris Turner, but lucky for him that Jordan Steffy was one of the worst QBs in the history of Maryland football. This team refuses to stick with the run when that is clearly this team's strength, and until Saturday, their best weapon was left virtually unused (Torey Smith).

The problems with O-line protections after the injury again falls to the coaches. They shouldn't go into a season with guys slotted into specific possitions, and should have a plan "b" and "c" when someone gets hurt during a game. For coahces to blame a single injury for 8 sacks is just cowardly.

As far as the Duke game, I LOVE 6 PM starts, expecially in October when the sun is mostly down by kickoff. I'd much rather bring a blanket into the game if it's a little chilly than get baked by the sun at a noon game.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 20, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The football team should hire some of the users on this blog as consultants. Clearly, there are plenty of experts available.

Posted by: garrett4 | September 20, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I like the 12 noon games.. Tailgate starts at 6AM, game over around 3PM, home by 4:00, can watch the rest of the 3:30 games, then catch the late games.. 6PM means tailgate starts at 12 NOON, game at 6PM, over around 9PM, home by 10.. I only really get to watch one game, ours... Doesn't really matter, no one will be there anyway...

Posted by: frostanna | September 20, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Took a while for me to weigh in. The WVU game was ugly and over before MD even got started. The first drive, with multi-delay-of-game penalties is entirely on the coaching staff. The starting offense should be better prepared for that. Agree with most others' posts on abandoning the run and not enough T. Smith. However.....

Its not like most of us expected the Terps to win this particular game. Sure we didn't expect them to lose it due to playing so poorly, and to be fair to the team, they should a degree of moxie in trying to claw their way back into the game. WVU is good. Their offense has serious fire-power and is likely to win out in the BE. Given the relatively weak schedule the Terps have this year, a winning season is still reasonably achievable and a successful seasonstill in the sights.

The problem is (much like VT for Boise State) that this game could of provided some form of statement for the team - similar to the win against Georgetown in Joe Smith's coming out party. It could have relgated last season to some form of aberation. Instead, it looked like the Terps were every bit as pathetic as last season's 2-10 record. If they had kept it close, played a more disciplined game and still lost, I personnally would not have felt that this season was hopeless like I did on Saturday.

Weak ACC all around. Another OOC patsy lined up. We'll be ok. Ok meaning that the team will get invited to some minor, forgettable bowl game as opposed to playing with the big boys. This team can still get there IF they play to their strengths - running the ball and limiting penalties. And that rests mainly with RF.

If the team finishes with 8 wins or better (not including bowl game), RF will have earned his keep after last seasons meltdown. However anything less and the new AD has decisions to make.

Think FIU and Duke end up being easy MD wins regardless of the WVU game. Not a lot of teams in college football have nearly as much offensive talent as WVU.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | September 21, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

the coaches panicked and it showed. dont try passing it on to the players

Posted by: jack51 | September 21, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Think FIU and Duke end up being easy MD wins regardless of the WVU game. Not a lot of teams in college football have nearly as much offensive talent as WVU.

Posted by: HughGRection | September 21, 2010 8:56 AM

Not so fast on the FIU and Duke predictions. FIU frustrated Texas A&M and Rutgers this month. Duke can at least play offense (but might have the worst defense in 1-A).

Posted by: Kev29 | September 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I like the 12 noon games.. Tailgate starts at 6AM, game over around 3PM, home by 4:00, can watch the rest of the 3:30 games, then catch the late games.. 6PM means tailgate starts at 12 NOON, game at 6PM, over around 9PM, home by 10.. I only really get to watch one game, ours... Doesn't really matter, no one will be there anyway...

Posted by: frostanna | September 20, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

No one will be there anyway? My guess is there will be well over 40,000 in paid attendance and I'd be willing to put money on this.

As for the 6 p.m. kickoff, couldn't be happier with this as it means a 5 hour tailgate.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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