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Posted at 8:29 AM ET, 11/26/2010

Will Maryland beat North Carolina State?

By Eric Prisbell

And so we have reached the final weekend of the regular season. I arrive with a gaudy 10-1 record in predicting Maryland games, including the near-perfect crystal ball outlook on the Maryland-Miami game on Nov. 6. But this game scares me. Through the first half of this season, you looked at this game and circled N.C. State. As Maryland started to thrive against inferior teams (Wake Forest) and remain competitive against superior teams (Miami, Florida State), you hedged and pondered some more.

Don’t overthink it. Look, Maryland is not going to come out flat even though it has little tangible incentive in this one. The Terps didn’t come out flat against Morgan State or FIU or Duke or anybody. But N.C. State has more to play for: a division title.

State quarterback Russell Wilson is a known commodity. Wilson can move the ball through the air and on the ground. Defensively, State is third nationally in sacks, fourth in tackles for loss and 20th in rushing defense. This will be an entertaining game featuring two quality quarterbacks. I keep waiting for Maryland’s patchwork offensive line to come apart, but it doesn’t. Maybe it will continue to surprise me. But I see a late Russell Wilson touchdown pass to decide this one.

North Carolina State 31, Maryland 28

Your thoughts?

By Eric Prisbell  | November 26, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
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This is a huge game because if we win we have a shot at getting into a third tier bowl and avoiding the Military Bowl. That will have a major impact on our recruiting because the players we are after dream of playing in bowls like the Gator, Chick Filet and the like. I know this because Barno wrote about it. It must be true....

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Peter the Hate is back to his old ways of bashing the Terps achievements and diminishing the importance of our games.

You all remember the old Petecard, right? The guy who would come on here and relentlessly mock those of us who still had hopes of our bball team making the NCAA tournament:

"Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT. Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor." -Petecard

"C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are going to win one or two in the ACC." -Petecard

"Barno, We ARE toast. You think beating NC State means anything? Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years. Unacceptable. Gary's responsibility." -Petecard

"our program is not where it should be and we should take a heard look when Gary's contract is up." -Petecard

"we have a mediocre program. The FOG's think Gary should be able to write his own ticket." -Petecard

"Gary's contract will be up in 2-3 years. That's where the focus should be" -Petecard

"Why don't we start a movement to get GW and Brenda Frese to switch jobs. The men's program would take off and it would mean huge national PR. The problem: The women's program would tank." -Petecard

In summary, Petecard is the very worst kind of fan. Not only does he quit on his team and incessantly attack the players and coaches, but then when we win he jumps right back on the bandwagon and pretends like he supported them all along. I enjoy nothing more than calling him out on it.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh remember 6 weeks ago when Petecard said the Terps football team wouldn't win another game all season? This was before we beat Boston College, Wake Forest, UVA, and nearly beat Miami and FSU. Of course prior to last week's game, he jumped right back on the bandwagon and made the following statement:

"The primary message is that the next two games are huge in defining our progress. If we win one of them that will be very nice." -Petecard

But as soon as we lost last week, Petecard went back to his old ways of attacking this team's achievements and mocking the importance of our final game. In just one week, he went from saying winning one of our final two games "will be very nice" to today sarcastically mocking the final game as "This is a huge game because if we win we have a shot at getting into a third tier bowl and avoiding the Military Bowl. That will have a major impact on our recruiting because the players we are after dream of playing in bowls like the Gator, Chick Filet and the like." -Petecard

What happened to it being "very nice" if we win 1 of the final 2 games Petecard? Oh that's right, that was before we lost one of those 2 games, which gave you an opportunity to again attack the team you supposedly root for.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"Card",
That pungent burning smell is Barno lighting up your rear!


Go Terps!

Posted by: MerlinTerps | November 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

My old quotes are really great. Barno doesn't have one where I said we would lose the rest of our games this year because that is not what I said. I was criticizing the poll because it gave every choice but thew zero win choice. To Barn that's the same thing. I really don't care. I am a fan who want our programs to be better. It's that simple. I will be critical. I will also be happy when we win. Deal with it people.

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

By the way, my "mocking" was not about the unimportance of the game. It was about Barno's silly comment about the amazing importance of the third-tier bowl games. Reading should include comprehension, but it Barno's case it often does not.

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

My old quotes are really great. Barno doesn't have one where I said we would lose the rest of our games this year because that is not what I said.

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Oct. 16, 2010 - TERRAPIN INSIDER: How Many More Games Will Maryland Win This Season?
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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

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think I just heard Petecard's corner yell "Stop the fight!!!"

Posted by: Section505203 | November 26, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the board back to normal.

Posted by: SirPelleas | November 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Like I said.. read but don't comprehend...

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Barno demonstrates his usual tactics by leaving out some of what I said in his cut and paste above. He often uses words and comments out of context just to make his

Here is what I said:

"Barno doesn't have one where I said we would lose the rest of our games this year because that is not what I said. I was criticizing the poll because it gave every choice but the zero win choice. To Barn that's the same thing."

Now, go ahead, look at the part old Barno left out.

Posted by: petecard | November 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I love how petecard can no longer defend his ludicrously negative and over the top predictions, so instead he tries attacking me for "taking comments out of context". Funny, this was his same tactic during bball season when I quoted all his anti-Gary, anti-Vasquez, anti-Jordan Williams comments. He defended those comments all the way until the Terps made the tournament, and then he changed his approach to "you're taking my comments out of context."

What is the context of this?

"No break for Gary. Why don't you take him with you to another place. How about Virginia or UMBC?" -Petecard

What is the context of calling it a "farce" that Eric Prisbell didn't include "ZERO" as an option for how many games the Terps would win this season?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Nearly" beating teams with winning records means nothing.. Bottom line is, a loss is a loss.. You listen to every 'expert' on ESPN, except for Barno, and they say, that although we have had a nice turnaround from last year, we haven't beaten anybody... That's a fact !!!! We'll take the wins, but seriously..We really don't have a quality win this year..I'll be pulling for the Terps, but I see NC St. over us 31 -17.. GO TERPS !!!! Tailgate starts at 9:30, just take the wind away from the forcast...

Posted by: frostanna | November 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Barno 1, Pete 0. Terps 35, NC State 31.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"You listen to every 'expert' on ESPN, except for Barno, and they say, that although we have had a nice turnaround from last year, we haven't beaten anybody... That's a fact !!!!"

Frostanna, normally you have some good comments but that was patently absurd. Every "expert" on ESPN has been harping on the lack of quality wins? Um, no...that is not a 'fact', nonsense is what it is. While certainly our Terps beat reporter has been fixated on the Terps' lack of wins over teams with winning records, no other reporter, let alone "every" one of them, has felt the need to criticize our lack of quality wins. And even our own beat reporter has tried his best to have it both ways: first hyping up teams like FIU, and then when we handily beat them, he acts like they were terrible opponents all along.

If you want to know what the 'experts' at ESPN have been saying about MD this year, here's a recent piece praising the Terps. I don't see anything in there about us "not beating anybody."

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/18500/terps-turnaround-best-in-acc-this-year

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Navy--our first opponent of the season--has gone 9-2 since that game. I know it was way back in September and some people's memories don't go back that far..but just an fyi: we won that game when we were 7 point underdogs.

We also beat Boston College on the road when we were 4.5 point underdogs. If you notice, our beat reporter hasn't mentioned even once that since that game, Boston College has won 4 straight ACC games and is in position to win 8 games this year. Funny how our beat reporter doesn't mention the "no wins vs winning teams" line anymore, because now we've beaten a couple of bowl teams that have winning records.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

6-5 is a winning record, and it does make one bowl eligible.. However, when you are 4-4 in the conference, and you're conference wins are against teams with a record in conference of 4-4, 1-6, 1-6, 1-7 like BC is, an argument that the Terps beating them on the road, to me, lacks..We have the exact same opponents record.. One has to admit, the ACC is a weak football conference..Davis, Holtz and May don't spin that wheel on College Football
Final to make fun of the ACC for nothing... That being said, I'll be surprised if there are 30,000 at Byrd tomorrow.. Go Terps !!!

Posted by: frostanna | November 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

It's tough with us being eliminated from acc championship and it coming on thanksgiving weekend on a cold/rainy day. But, I still wouldn't be surprised if there's 30,000 there.

I haven't made any predictions on here all year, but I have a really good feeling about this game. Alex Wujciak and Torrey Smith's last home game as a Terp, expect we'll have a big game. (Torrey will be a 1st or 2nd rounder folks and he's already graduated...plus he has a family situation. He's gone. Come out tomorrow to say goodbye and thank him for 3 great years with us).

Posted by: Barno1 | November 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Agree, good luck to the seniors !!!!!

Posted by: frostanna | November 27, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

You're forgetting a couple of things Prisbell...

#1. Fridge has always done well against N.C. State. I wouldn't go as far as to say he owns them, but he's pulled many a game out against the Wolfpack since taking over in College Park.

#2. The revenge factor. Fridge has extra motivation to win this game, get the team and program to 8-4 on the back of N.C. State as an extra "BLEEP You" to N.C. State's new A.D. Fridge is going to have the boys well prepared and ready to go.

It will be close but we've already seen the late touchdown loss, this time the script gets flipped and Maryland comes away with the late win.

Posted by: CapsNut | November 27, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

So here we are...in the final regular season game of Ralphs 10th year...are we a significantly better team than we were in Vandy's last year? Not so much...in 2000 we beat our cheesy non con opponents (Temple and MTSU) and also beat the small private ACC schools but lost to the decent ACC teams...pretty much the same story as this year with the exception of UVA..we lost in 2000 but beat them this year...

This year, just like in 2000 we get to play "spoiler" at the end of the season...yeah MD!!!....also Vandy, if he met all his goals could earn $300k while Fridge is approaching $2M

Yep, I get the bowl story but the explosion of bowls has really clouded the picture and makes comparisons with the past fairly meaningless...objective followers of CF will admit that you dont have to be a very good team to snag a bowl invitation anymore

Are the 2010 Terps significantly better than the 2000 Terps??? I dunno...we seem to be eerily similar with no signature wins on either side.....Is there a blueprint for success or is this a leaderless, sputtering program that has cemented itself and its expectations in the no mans land between the good and bad teams???? Has Ralph successfully molded the fans expectations that losing to all good teams in a season still counts as a success if we get a bowl invite? Does anyone ask Ralph why all his consecutive "Top 25" recruiting classes have produced 0 "Top 25" teams?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Here is what the oddsmakers say:

Maryland has bowled over pretty much every inferior opponent in its way this season. The problem is that the Terps get outclassed every time they face legitimate opponents. They lost 30-16 at home to Florida State last week. Miami, Clemson and West Virginia beat them, too. If you consider N.C. State the real deal, you can’t like Maryland’s chances this week.

The pick:

Of those four opponents to beat Maryland, three of them did so by scoring more than 30 points. The Terrapins defense isn’t horrible, ranking 40th overall and allowing 21.5 points per game, but it hasn’t risen to the occasion against more potent offenses.

At 91st in total offense, the Terps aren’t really built to fight back in a shootout, either. Look for Wilson to help N.C. State grab and early lead and never look back in this one. It may not be a blowout but I don’t see Maryland really making this game close, either. It’s also worth noting that N.C. State has been a great team to bet on this year, going 9-2 against the spread.

WOW--- I knew our offense was weak but never would have guessed that we were 91st in Total O!

Viva La Fridge!!!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This year, just like in 2000 we get to play "spoiler" at the end of the season...yeah MD!!!....

Actually, this is incorrect. In 2000, the team was playing for bowl eligibility and lost their last two games. They weren't playing spoiler, they were in a position to go to a bowl game and failed. The previous year, they lost their last 4 games including a game where Lamont Jordan rushed for 306 yards.

Viva Vandy, a guy who won 15 games in 4 years (4-0 against Temple--he owned them!!!).

Posted by: PeteinAZ | November 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

EP,,,GUESS YOU ARE 10-2 TAKE YOUR LUMPS LIKE A MAN

HOOORAHHH

Posted by: carolina1 | November 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"So here we are...in the final regular season game of Ralphs 10th year...are we a significantly better team than we were in Vandy's last year? Not so much"-Terp"FAN"MA

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It's not that you're always wrong Terp"FAN"MA, it's that you're a moron. There is not a single Terps fan alive, not one, who thinks we aren't significantly better at this very moment than we were in 2000 when were were capping off our 9th losing season in the previous 10 years.

It's not that you're always wrong Terp"FAN"MA, it's that you are so far detached from reality that no one takes a word you say seriously.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I knew our offense was weak

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 27, 2010 12:19 PM

400 yards by our freshman QB behind a bunch of freshman and sophomore linemen--several of whom started the season of backups. A Maryland RECORD 4 touchdown catches by our future NFL star Torrey Smith. 2nd most TD passes in a season in MD history.

Yeah, you knew our offense was weak. It's not that you're always wrong Terp"FAN"MA, it's that you're delusional.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Well Prisbell, I'll give you half credit for getting N.C. State with 31 points right...

Posted by: CapsNut | November 27, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

What a great win. After a lethargic start the Terps really turned it around. 8-4 with a chance to be 9-4 after last season is really terrific. We have a quarterback that may lead us to big things. Putting aside the disappointing losses to WVA, Clemson, Miami and Florida State, we can feel good to end on a high note with this team. Are we ecstatic? No. Are we hopeful: Yes.

Where are we headed? One can only hope that our new AD will be a big proponent of improving our stature on a national level.

Posted by: petecard | November 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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