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Will Maryland be able to run the ball against Boston College?

Boston College’s defense allows 90 rushing yards per game, the same Texas Christian’s vaunted defense gives up. The Eagles have the best rushing defense in the ACC. Will Maryland be able to run the ball at all? Coach Ralph Friedgen said North Carolina State essentially used underneath passes as its running game a couple weeks ago against the Eagles.

I’m going to put the over/under on Maryland’s rushing yards at 80.

By Eric Prisbell  | October 21, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
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I hope so, but the running game really hasn't been there much this year.. Go Terps !!

Posted by: frostanna | October 21, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to get rid of these horrible coaches?!?! Especially Fridge!!!

What's Joe Krivak up to?
Duffner?
Vanderlinden?
Can't we bring them back?

Or how about a big name coach like Mike Leach? Maybe our student athletes need to be abused and our Universtiy sued. Yeah, that's the answer!

Posted by: fushezzi | October 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Are we gonna be able to run on BC? Is water wet?

The Terps are gonna rush for 400+ yards against BC and their weak defense. Fridge will have the running backs racking up yards left and right. Not only that but we'll easily rack up another 600+ yards passing. Anyone who thinks otherwise isn't a "real" fan and probably doesn't even go to games, because we all know attending sporting evens is what makes one a "real" fan.

Terps are gonna win this game 85-3. Go Terps!!!!

If anyone thinks otherwise well I've got a few choice, juvenile insults I can lob your way or if need be I can even try to get you barred from posting here.

Petecard, thanks for welcoming me to the board. It's my hope to make a big, positive contribution to the blog on a regular basis.

Oh and the Terps BBall team is gonnna go undefeated and win the NCAA Championship. Gary Williams will win coach of the year (much like the Fridge will this year) and UMD basketball will surpass Duke, UNC, etc. as being the best program of all time. Book it!!!!!

Welp, time to go walk the dog. Ruff, ruff. Where my dogs at?

Posted by: DixonTheDog | October 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Poopy with his usual contribution.

Posted by: MrScrotums | October 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

why do people talk basketball on a football blog??? oh, it's Maryland, anything goes...

Posted by: frostanna | October 21, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time to shut this blog down - there's little more expressed than absurd expectations and condemnations. In sixty years of following Maryland intercollegiate competition, I've not seen anything as negative and uninformed (outside of US politics).

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 21, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think the blog is getting better in the past couple of weeks! And now that Dixon is drinking the Koolaid :), I think it will get better. We have a few other guys who are sick of the excuses and mediocrity so I think we can have some good exchanges. BTW, isn't it interesting how similar Barno's tactics are to those of NPR's and many other left wing organizations when it comes to tolerating opposing views (see Juan Williams). And Barno tells us he is a conservative. That is not how he behaves...

Posted by: petecard | October 21, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Barno, I will keep my expectations for UMD and its $2M joke of a coach high, thank you very much!
I know with the right coach we can be a competitive program and I will not be happy about UMD football until we get a coaching staff and players that will enable us to go toe to toe with the other competitive programs..WVU, VaTech, Miami, FSU, Clemson..and that means EVERY TIME we step on the field with them, we better be IN THE GAME deep into the 4th Q with a chance to win.....

What Fridge has created after 10 years here is a team riddled with poor fundamentals, leading the league in penalties, poor offensive production, lousy tackling etc etc etc...one that is so poor in fact that we have to sched Morgan State, Del, James Madison, Akron etc every year just to struggle to get to the OliveGardenNeverEndingPastaBowl just so you and all the other supporters of mediocrity can claim success.....

Your standards for UMD are far too low and I will never reduce mine to your level, no matter how many names you call and false accusations you make

GO TERPS...Can the Fridge!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well TerpfanMA, if you really want UMD to compete with WUV, VaTech, Miami, F$U, Clemson, and the such then Fridge isn't the only one who has to go.

We'll need an Administration that is going to allow us to admit in the school the same kind of atheltes that the above mentioned schools do. We'll need an Administration that will enforce similar standards of discipline that the above mentioned schools do. We'll need a Administration that will develop a curriculum for the athletes to keep them academicaly eligible like the above mentioned schools do.

Unless and until that happens, it doesn't matter who you bring in to coach at UMD.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 22, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Ahh,,,the old "we cant be successful, because we have too many recruiting disadvantages" excuse...bravo! That one has been dormant for a little while...here is an example to consider...Is there a school with more recruiting disadvantages than a military academy like Navy??? A school where they are forced to take engineering classes? A school where the standards for admittance are on par with an ivy league school and where athletes essentially sign away (with rare exception) any chance of a pro career? And yet, that team, with its undersized, slower athletes came to baltimore and wiped Fridges team up AND down the field..only 1 tackle prevented them from winning what up until that point had been a dominating game performance...so tell us again how coaches cant build competitive, well coached teams at UMD?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh and by the way, while Fatso is gorging himself on $2M of UMDs precious cash each year, the coach at Navy is getting the job done for less than $500k.....Navy won 10 games last year with more recruiting disadvantages that anyone at UMD could even imagine year and UMD lost 10.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"I know with the right coach we can be a competitive program and I will not be happy about UMD football until we get a coaching staff and players that will enable us to go toe to toe with the other competitive programs..WVU, VaTech, Miami, FSU, Clemson..and that means EVERY TIME we step on the field with them, we better be IN THE GAME deep into the 4th Q with a chance to win....."

While I appreciate your passion, I've got to ask--do you watch college football? Texas got blown out at home this year to UCLA. USC got blown out last year by both Oregon and Stanford. Florida State got blown out by Oklahoma this year. Florida lost at home to Miss St. Va Tech lost at home to James Madison. The list goes on and on. These are all programs that have played for the national championship in the past dozen years. These are all programs that are far more successful than Maryland and still have off weeks and bad years. Why should Maryland be the exception, why should the Terps be the program that must "EVERY TIME we step on the field with them, we better be IN THE GAME deep into the 4th Q with a chance to win....." to meet your expectations? It's ok for Texas to lose by 20-something at home to the 8th place team in the Pac 10, but it's not ok for Maryland to lose by double-digits on the road to the best team in the Big East?

Again, I admire the passion, but get some perspective. Maryland isn't USC, isn't Florida, isn't Texas. I appreciate the wins and loathe the losses as much as the next MD fan, but I can be reasonable in my expectations.

Posted by: PeteinAZ | October 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I agree it does not matter who the coach is if we don't allow the same questionable players admission like the other schools do. I am sorry to say there seems to be a positive correlation between number of arrests and wins. Even PSU has their share of arrests.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 22, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Besides no one on this board has made a single good suggestion for who could be the next coach. Mike Leach? Are you kidding me? Do we really want to give up 40+ points a game and throw the ball 50 times a game? So it is not okay for Fridge to blame his players after a loss but it would be okay for him to lock a player in a shed? I will never understand how coaches can be fired one season for being bad and suddenly become a hot coaching prospect the next.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 22, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

In those specific games it was SHOCKING that those teams lost...In UMDs case it would be SHOCKING if we won....thats the difference....anybody can select individual upsets that occur in college football..they happen each week as you point out...UMD on the other hand, has become a perennial underachiever with Fridge at the helm (I get that he had a great couple of years, which proves that it can be done) but he had primarily another recruiters players, different assistant coaches etc...since he has been running the show on his own, the results have been pretty poor and when you line them up with his own stated goals, he has failed to meet them more often than he has succeeded....If UMD doesnt plan to be competitive, then why are we paying $2M year?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

AncientTerp, you are correct in your assessment. Just do what I do, skip any comments that have any words typed in ALL CAPS or are longer than a few sentences.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm sorry TerpfanMA, so we see Navy marching up and down the field and going toe-to-toe with the likes of WUV, VaTech, Miami, F$U, Clemson, and the such year-in and year-out?

When Navy finally ended their losing streak against Notre Dame, it was a symbol of how far Notre Dame had fallen. And oh BTW, Notre Dame is in the same boat.

Finally tell me this, did Steve Spurrier's time in the NFL render him incapable of coaching college football or is he playing under a different set of rules from the Admin at South Carolina than he was at Florida?

Spurrier left Gainsville and they barely missed a beat yet Spurrier has been in South Carolina for six seasons now and has yet to post 9 wins in a season, the fewest wins he ever posted in his 12 seasons at Florida.

It's very simple, you want a program on par with WUV, VaTech, Miami, F$U, Clemson, and the such, you have to mimick them from top-to-bottom. And for better or for worse, the Administration at Maryland will not do that.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 22, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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