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How many more games will Maryland win this season?

Ralph Friedgen is promising changes after Saturday's 31-7 loss at Clemson. So, after watching Saturday's game and going over the Terrapins' remaining schedule, what do you think about the rest of the season? (We'll throw out the improbable outcomes and assume they won't go winless the rest of the way but also won't run the table.) Leave your predictions in the comments.

Maryland's remaining schedule:

Oct. 23: at Boston College
Oct. 30: vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 6: at Miami
Nov. 13: at Virginia
Nov. 20: vs. Florida State
Nov. 27: vs. N.C. State

By Matt Bonesteel  | October 16, 2010; 8:19 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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BC 'bout beat FSU, but be honest: Maryland should beat one of them, and Wake is mostly a doormat this year. And Uva? They play football?

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

We're going to see what this team is made of by the end of October. We're going to BC, where we have never really had success, but it is a winnable game though I did switch over on commercials to watch a little of that game and BC found their run game which is not good. Then we have another winnable game against Wake for Homecoming. This team could be bowl eligible by the end of October if they focus and put their mind to it. Being 6-2 heading into what I think is the gauntlet, would be great especially since Fridge will probably come through with his surprise victory in that time period. I don't care what anyone says but UVA is a border war and since we haven't won a game on the road in almost two years now; you can't chalk that up as a victory and hope to go 1-1 over the next two weeks to become bowl eligible.

I hope they don't sit O'Brien just because of today's second half performance. It doesn't sound like it from the post game quotes but he is the future and this is his third game starting or even playing in for the majority of the time.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 16, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

yeah, this team is in control of their own destiny. start calling some better plays and get the special teams to play average. UMD coulda won today easy. Clemson, did not impress, killed ourselves...

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | October 16, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

hopefully they will win zero so fridge gets fired and we bring in mark richt

Posted by: slim4 | October 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Is there a reason you didn't offer the choice of ZERO?

What a farce.

Posted by: petecard | October 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I honestly believe that MD is capable of beating BC, Wake, Va, and NC State. Probably will not beat Miami and Florida State. We could be looking at an 8-4 season, though I certainly have my doubts about it after yesterday's disappointing loss. 6-6 or 5-7 may be more realistic. At least we won't go 2-10 like last year, but that ain't sayin' much. It may be time to shake the tree at the end of the year.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Ugly performance by the team. A winnable game with and ending score that looks like a rout. Not calling for RF's head though.

Beat BC so this game gets further in the rear-view mirror.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

hopefully they will win zero so fridge gets fired and we bring in mark richt

Posted by: slim4 | October 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

More non-fans commenting on MD football as if they're actually fans. Fans do not root against their own team, only idiots do that.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, you believe we won't win another game this year? Ok, I guess I'll have to remind you about this after every win from here on out.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen had a great first 3 years but has been mostly terrible since. Even if they win 3 more, it's time to show him the door. Too much blaming losses on players, bad luck, injuries, youth, etc. over the past 7/8 years. For whatever reason, the coach just isn't effective. Barno, I understand being supportive of the team but for you it seems to be some sort of angry crusade. Don't you want better? Is it really acceptable for Champs Sports Bowl to be the high point over 8 years?

Posted by: epdaly | October 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

No doubt that Anderson is working on his short list....I wonder if we will still get those 2 votes in the AP poll this week?

Its really too bad we cant play Morgan State each week...then we would be "Bowl Eligible"

The explosive proliferation of Bowl games and the magical 6 wins to get in has been a godsend for Fridge and all the mediocre coaches like him who have been able to load up the NCS with weak teams and then they only have to win 2 or 3 more games to get to some bowl on a blue field. This then allows the coach to pad his resume and extort more money from the university....even a poor UMD team can get to a bowl with a schedule filled with Navy, Duke, Morgan State, UVA, Wake Forest and FIU.....even if you lose one of those games all you have to do is get lucky in one of the other 5 and bingo! You waltz into Andersons office and demand a contract extension and a raise

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen had a great first 3 years but has been mostly terrible since. Even if they win 3 more, it's time to show him the door. Too much blaming losses on players, bad luck, injuries, youth, etc. over the past 7/8 years. For whatever reason, the coach just isn't effective. Barno, I understand being supportive of the team but for you it seems to be some sort of angry crusade. Don't you want better? Is it really acceptable for Champs Sports Bowl to be the high point over 8 years?

Posted by: epdaly | October 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

epdaly, good to see you back on here even if we disagree on Fridge. First, it's been 7 years since the Gator bowl win over WVU (which MD won, by the way, 41-7). Second, I guess I just disagree with your premise that Fridge doesn't get the team up for big games. Just look at what Fridge has done in our bowl games: the Terps have won 4 of our last 5 bowl games--and by a whopping combined score of 161-73.

The season opening Navy game this year was a quote unquote 'big game'-- we were underdogs with Navy coming off another 10 win season. We won didn't we?

I agree that we all should want to be more successful than we were last year. That is a no brainer. But I disagree that everything has been terrible since the first 3 years. We've had a couple nice bowl wins since then and we've also had 2 seasons in which we were in first place or tied for first all the way up to our very last home game. We caught a very good Wake team in 06 that went on to win the ACC title that year and in 08 we caught a ranked and hot Florida State team. I wish we had won one of those games and were in the ACC title game--where I'd love our chances given Fridge's post season record.

Given another chance, Fridge will get that win. If not this year, then the next year or two..with an experienced O-line AND a solid QB in O'Brien (a combo we unfortunately haven't had for a while, due to injuries and early draft entrees).

Go Terps

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The explosive proliferation of Bowl games and the magical 6 wins to get in has been a godsend for Fridge

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

This is pure nonsense and really your ignorance about Maryland football. In the 6 seasons that Friedgen has led the Terps to a bowl game, ONLY ONE was even remotely questionable (2007). The rest, MD had solid 8, 9, 10, 11 win seasons and were in contention for the ACC title all the way to the end of the season.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Meant really SHOWS your ignorance about Maryland football

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The chief underwriters of Maryland FB and BB don't seem to agree with this board's boobirds else they'd have put up the dough necessary to buy out our coaching staffs. So it's up to you naysayers that want Ralph's and Gary's heads to find the Big Bucks required. If you won't or cannot do that please think of something intelligent to say about our teams other than blanket condemnations and overdone cliches.

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 17, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Very true Ancient Terp. Most of the haters are probably not in the Terrapin Club or the MGN. If they were, they would have a voice.

Maybe they are mostly bandwagon fans from the early 2000's when it was trendy to like Fridge and Gary.

If the Terps could only figure out a way to capture the blind loyalty that the Redskins and other college teams have.....

Posted by: garrett4 | October 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Really, the Champ Sports Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl, and the Emerald Bowl???

And I wouldnt put too much into the fact that UMD couldnt fire Fridge last year as a vote of confidence...it was a recession and even in good economic times, its not realistic to expect people to give their hard earned cash to a coach just to get rid of him.....If MD had the money, Fridge would be gone, but like I said before, the mediocrity he has brought to the program resulting in dwindling attendance, almost non existent TV revenue, unsold Lux Boxes, dwindling season tix sales all pretty much guaranteed that he couldnt be fired

Barno, why dont you get out your Terp Press Guide and tell us how many season tix have been sold each year since 2003? Or how many weeks UMD Football has been ranked in the Top 25 during any part of the season?


Ancient Terp: I am a huge fan of Garys so you wont find any quibble with me there

Cheers All....peace OUT!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA,
Why don't you get a Terp Press guide and tell us what the average season ticket sales were before Frigde? Let me help you: They were a hell of a lot lower than even the worst season for the Fridge. I'm guessing you're a new fan of the Terps that wasn't around from, oh, 1987-2001. The only bowl game we were in was the Pollin Weed-Eater Independence Bowl in which we tied (yes, tied!) Louisiana Tech. And for all the boo-birds coming out of the woodworks, you really thought that the Terps would be 10-2 this year? It doesn't work like that in football. You can't turn it around that quickly. A realistic goal is 7-5 or 8-4 this year and 10-2 next year. Stop living in a fantasy world shaped only by your personal agenda and start cheering for your team.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 17, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

An eight to nine win season is a successful on in my book. Yes, especially considering last year's fiasco. however an 8 win season this year has to lead to hope for an even bigger season next year with DOB at QB. Look, the most frustrating thing about this last game is that I'm not sure that we would not have been better with J-Rob starting. DOB made some game killing mistakes. That said, gioven his very limited experience, we may see more of that, along with some flashes of brilliance. I did not see any flashes yesterday, although I did see some competence.

In the grand scheme of things, I'd prefer they take their lumps this year while DOB gets experience. If they end up with 7 wins and in a questionable bowl so be it...as long as they win the bowl they get to.

RF is not going anywhere - the money issue is key. I personally never root against MD although I only go to a few games a year.

Besides our BB team (and yes, mens BB is far more important to me personnally) is going to have a great year. With rebounding. Lots of rebounding.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 17, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

This then allows the coach to pad his resume and extort more money from the university....even a poor UMD team can get to a bowl with a schedule filled with Navy, Duke, Morgan State, UVA, Wake Forest and FIU.....even if you lose one of those games all you have to do is get lucky in one of the other 5 and bingo! You waltz into Andersons office and demand a contract extension and a raise

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, whatever we all think of the job he's doing as coach in the last few years, I think we can all agree that it's unlikely Friedgen will be getting any more contract extensions. I think if he wins the Wake and UVa games, it will be just enough to have him complete his contract next season. The Franklin decision in 2011 is another matter all together.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 17, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Great points Hugh.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Maryland football is not Alabama or Southern Cal. But it's not Middle Tennessee or FIU either. I don't expect to be in the Top 10 every season, but I do think it's reasonable to aspire to the Top 25 on a regular basis. We did it with Jerry Claiborne and we did it with Bobby Ross. Yes, even after the first three seasons, Friedgen has performed better than Joe Krivac and Mark Duffner. Ron Vanderlinden wasn't allowed to complete the job, so we can't fairly judge his record -- although it's clear that he set the table for Ralph.

Ralph is a true Terrapin, and deserves gratitude for bringing the program back. But he has obviously hit a plateau, and has not met his stated objective of regular Top 25 appearances and competing for ACC crowns.

He will not, and should not, be back next year, and the fundraising should start now for Franklin's $1M check.

Posted by: SmittyATL | October 18, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Next home game is vs. WAKE and it's homecoming..Terps are offering dicounted tickets, trying to get butts in the seats.. Where's the alumni?? What percentage of alumni belong to the Terrapin Club, or have season tickets??Ralph had this program winning and had the support, and what did he do with it?? Has the school really got a return in the investment it made to Ralph?? If you really look deep, you'll see the true answer, and not the answer that some of you can only see....

Posted by: frostanna | October 18, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

It's fascinating to read the discussion about Ralph. I was a student at UM in the late 80's and early 90's. I was there when we were a preseason #1 (cough. Sport Magazine. Cough) and lost to Penn State on opening day. I was there for "The Tie" with Penn State and I was there when Penn State hung 70 on us. I've seen the program hit its arguably highest highs and lowest lows. And I'm a fan and supporter for life.

All that being said, while I am appreciative of the job Ralph has done, I think he's overstayed his time. I don't think he's a bad coach - rather, I think he's a pretty good coach in terms of motivation and game planning. I do, however, think he's a terrible recruiter, and IMHO recruiting is 40-50% of being a college head coach.

Yes, Vanderlinden set the table for Ralph, but when Ralph enjoyed the fruits of his recruiting and had success, he wasn't able to continue bringing in that caliber of player consistently. Ralph should have resigned after last season and - if they only win 1 more game - should resign after this season. Granted, if they make a bowl, I'll eat my words. But 4-8 or 5-7, so long Ralph and thanks for all the fish.

As for James Franklin? WRITE THE DAMN CHECK.

Posted by: kingrob76 | October 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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