Carolina is our most-hated rival, sure. But for the past decade, Maryland has been our bugaboo. Somewhere out there SFN member Codebrown is crouched in a corner, quivering at the very thought of having to watch this game.
A few notes:
*Maryland is the only undefeated ACC team in conference play. ACC! ACC! ACC!
*In his sixth season, TOB is still looking for his first Atlantic road win. That is not a misprint.
*We’ve won in College Park only once since 1998, way back in 2004. It’s a close second to Winston-Salem.
*Maryland installed artificial field turf before the season, so will there be any speed advantage for them against our secondary? Oddly and inexplicably, Jimbo Fisher never challenged us down field, where Tennessee and Miami both had enormous success against us. Will Maryland try to mimic a gameplan that has worked?
*We control our own destiny in the Atlantic. In fact, we’re in the exact same situation as we were in 2010 after losing to Virginia Tech and then beating Florida State.
*We had to beat Florida State to win the Atlantic, but the loss to Miami does matter because it doesn’t leave any room for error the rest of the way. Another loss essentially ends our hopes of playing in Charlotte December 1.
*Did we finally break through against Maryland with last year’s big comeback? We’ll see.