With two tune-ups and a quasi-tune-up in the win column, Saturday’s affair with WVU in Baltimore is the first critical test in the Terps 2013 football campaign. Maryland is actually laying a five spot to the Mountaineers with the O/U at 52.5, and that’s after the announcement of Dexter McDougal’s season-ending shoulder injury. Seems like a bit much, even as the Terrapins have clearly demonstrated the potential to dominate offensively, albeit against very weaker opposition. I was encouraged at the effort put forth in the UConn game because they played sloppy and still won handily. The mark of every good team is to win when you play bad.
Still looking for a 10-win season NOW, and feel it will be critical to build fan support heading into the brutal Big 10 schedule lined up for 2014 and beyond. Games like this where the odds makers favor you, even though you’ve had problems with this opponent in the past few years, are essential to win. WVU should have their share of fan support at M&T as they travel well, but they are clearly not the team that started last year ranked in the top-10 and even as good as the one that tanked late. I like Maryland in this one but in a squeaker and probably lower scoring than the Vegas gurus think; 24-23.
Here we go Maryland, here we go!