Maryland Routs West Virginia

Today is a great day to be a Terp fan.  Not only did Maryland convincingly announce itself on the national stage; they did so against a border rival who has recently dominated the Terps.

I honestly can't remember the last time Maryland pitched a shutout. I'm sure it has happened in the last 10 years but I can't remember.  Clearly, the Mountaineers are rebuilding but they only lost to Oklahoma 16-7.  They aren't THAT bad. Seen in that light, the Terps look downright scary.  Yes, the offense didn't do much heavy lifting today but they didn't need to.  Yet, they still racked up nearly 350 yards of total offense in a driving rainstorm.  The defense is another matter.  West Virginia couldn't do anything all day.  Their vaunted running attack was dead on arrival.  Credit the Terps defense for out-muscling them upfront and outrunning them in the secondary.  It was the most thorough ass whipping I can remember.

Some are already openly wondering how high Maryland will be ranked when the next Top 25 poll comes out.  I'm not convinced that the Terps will make an appearance but I do think it is possible given the nature of the win and the perceived quality of the opponent.  It also helps that this was a relatively weak slate of games across the country, so Maryland's victory got a ton of air time.  Overall, I think it is 50/50 that we get a ranking.

Regardless, the bugaboo of "great expectations" will be making its way into the Maryland clubhouse over the next two weeks.  The Terps will be headed to Tallahassee to face a Top 10 team on October 5th.  Now is not the time to believe one's press clippings.  The season has the potential to be a special one and the Terps need to stay hungry and humble if they are going to do great things. 

A win over FSU is not outside the realm of possibility.  It's still a dream though.  That game will be won with hard work over the next two weeks not because of the accomplishments of the previous four.

I will say this now as a possible teaser: a win in Tallahassee and the Terps could be looking at 7-0 heading into the big home game against Clemson on October 26th.  If that comes to pass, could we be welcoming Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso to town for College Gameday?  Wouldn't that be something?

Author: Jeremy | 9/21/2013 8:12:10 PM | Tags: analysis, football |

Gameday: Terps vs West Virginia

This game can be summed up in one sentence:  Are the Terps for real? Tomorrow's game in Baltimore is the quest for respect.  Maryland has easily disposed of its first three opponents yet there is been no recognition nationally.  That's probably deserved but it creates the opportunity for the West Virginia game to be the coming out party.  It won [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/20/2013 9:10:56 PM |

Gameday: Maryland vs UConn

Today's matchup would be a salivating one if it were a basketball game.  Unfortunately, it appears that UConn football has fallen on hardtimes. The Huskies opened the season with a lowly loss to Towson University. UConn hasn't played a game since but the Husky faithful are not expecting much this year. For the Terps, the boys have a chance to pr [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/14/2013 8:21:41 AM | Tags: gameday, football, uconn |

Maryland vs Old Dominion

Maryland played one of their best games in years last week as they routed and undermanned FIU squad.  The tune ups continue today as Old Dominion comes to Byrd.  As far as I'm concerned, games like this only offer negative consequences.  No one gives you credit for a win and a loss can ruin the season. ODU is much better than FIU so the test wi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/7/2013 8:44:42 AM | Tags: game thread, football |

Terps Open Football Season vs FIU

The prognosticators don't know exactly what to make of the Terps final season in the ACC. Surely, Maryland will have better luck and less injuries.  CJ Brown is the undisputed starter.  Far be from me to question the coaching staff about that decision since I haven't been at practice or seen any of our QBs throw a pass all summer.  That said, I do [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/31/2013 8:45:54 AM | Tags: football, game thread |

Trayvon Reed Officially Commits To Terps

2014 Top 100 recruit and 7 foot tall center, Trayvon Reed has committed to the University of Maryland today.  Reports are coming in from all over that he has verball committed to the Terps. Reed would be Turgeon's third top 100 recruit in the class of 2014.  Gone are the days when Gary Williams was picking through 3 star guys with no national ra [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/22/2013 9:54:56 AM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, trayvon reed |

Is Alex Len Really Going To Be Picked #1?

I feel compelled to address the groundswell of news reports that Alex Len is about to be drafted #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.  While on one hand, getting picked #1 is great for Alex personally and a great advertisement for the program; I'm troubled.  Here how I see it playing out: 1.  He's not ready to contribute and Cleveland Stinks [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2013 2:04:03 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Dion Wiley Commits To Terps

Mark Turgeon nabbed another top 50 recruit today (no. 36 to be exact) as 2014 shooting guard, Dion Wiley committed to the Terps.  Add Wiley to fellow 2014 guard, PG Melo Trimble, and the Terps have their back court of the future in place. It's further evidence that Coach Turgeon has created a new level of expectations for the caliber of talent [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/7/2013 1:20:38 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, 2014, shooting guard, dion wiley |

Bye Bye Alex Len

In a move the surprises absolutely no one, Alex Len is going declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft.  We've known this was going to happen back in November.  He will leave a large hole to fill, but Chuck Mitchell and Shaq Cleare are up to the challenge. I wish Alex the best although I'd be surprised if he sees the court much over the next tw [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/14/2013 9:41:20 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Pe'Shon Howard To Transfer

I can't say that this news comes as a shock but Pe'Shon Howard has played his last game in a Maryland uniform.  On one hand, I'm sad because Howard is a great kid who caught a few bad breaks with injuries.  On the other hand, I think that his departure is a signal that Turgeon intends to upgrade the PG position NEXT SEASON. Yes, freshman Rod [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/8/2013 3:27:11 PM | Tags: pe shon howard, transfers, basketball |
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