Maryland, Florida State, N.C. State, Clemson in muddled ACC Atlantic Division race
Much of the talk on Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday news conference understandably involved the muddled ACC Atlantic Division standings. Florida State, North Carolina State and Maryland all lost. There are three weeks left in the season. There are only 128 different scenarios to crown a division winner.
“We’re right back where we started,” a disappointed Friedgen said one day after Maryland lost a 26-20 game at Miami in the final minute. “We missed an opportunity to really take a step forward. All in all, we still control our own destiny.”
Friedgen said Maryland is “very thankful” that the top three teams lost.
Friedgen was pleased with the play of his defense against a talented Miami team. Overall, he said his team “had some good plays. They had some good plays. They had one more play than we did.”
Quarterback Danny O’Brien nearly had the last laugh when he threw 30 yards into the end zone on the final play and nearly completed a game-winning pass to Adrian Cannon.
Regarding Maryland’s second-to-last offensive series, when the Terrapins had a chance to run the clock out with a first down or two, Friedgen said his team did not get offensive line push on the first two runs by Davin Meggett. On the third run, there was a missed block, but he felt Meggett made the correct cut.
Friedgen thought Miami played one of its best games of the season. What the Terrapins have to take away from the game, he said, is that “they were the preseason pick by some to win the national championship and we were 36 seconds away.”
“I don’t think anyone in this office feels very good right now,” Friedgen said. “We missed an opportunity. We caught a break so we didn’t lose any ground.”
If Maryland does not win the Atlantic Division, the chances of Maryland going to the Military Bowl are extremely high --- 85 or 90 percent. That’s because North Carolina gained bowl eligibility, Clemson is on the cusp and still will play Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech should get there as well. There should be eight bowl eligible teams and Maryland likely would fall to eighth in the pecking order if it does not win the division crown.
| November 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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