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Maryland, Florida State, N.C. State, Clemson in muddled ACC Atlantic Division race

By Eric Prisbell

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.

By Eric Prisbell  | November 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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Friedgen said Maryland is “very thankful” that the top three teams lost.

WoooooHooooo...Way to go Fridge!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 8, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, I just did a rant that got held up for review by the site admin. wonder if this one makes it that says absolutley nothing.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | November 8, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Discussion about the Military is all a moot point if Maryland loses their next three. Obviously that's where they are headed. I could see them going to that bowl if they only beat Virginia...that would mean that they had beaten no bowl-eligible ACC teams (BC will be a close call). However, if they do happen to win 2 of their last 3 I don't think there's anyway they go there. Some of the teams listed are not necessarily favorites over Maryland in terms of bowl pecking order. For instance in 2007 Maryland was selected above Georgia Tech to play in the Emerald even though they both had the same record. If Maryland is 5-3 in the ACC they'll go higher than the Military.

Posted by: ferraridoug | November 8, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of this talk about the Military Bowl, and Prisbell just seems to think that regardless of where the Terps finish (aside from possibly finishing as Atlantic Division champs), that all other bowls will pass them over. Considering the obvious volatility of the ACC, and three more games left on the schedule, asking this question is just ludicrous. Obviously no one is going to be satisfied with a Military Bowl birth, because that probably means the Terps won't get another win the rest of the way. I strongly believe that other bowls higher than the Military bowl would invite the Terps if they are worth (win 2 more games down the stretch).

Posted by: Russtinator | November 8, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Friedgen said Maryland is “very thankful” that the top three teams lost.

WoooooHooooo...Way to go Fridge!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 8, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, so is every other MD fan. Do you even follow sports? One can only assume from reading your comments that you either don't follow sports at all or you have a sub 75 IQ. When the teams you are contending with lose, you are supposed to be thankful. This is not brain surgery.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

While I'm glad that we got help from UNC and Clemson, it's still a shame because had to have help. We had an opportunity to take 1st place and we blew it. We can't rely on the help of other teams because they have their own agendas. Are we doing better than we expected? Sure, but don't just be satisfied with that. We are still in the hunt for the ACC Championship and a BCS; let's stomp a mudhole into Charlottesville!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 8, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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