It’s that time of year again, time to schedule your baby sitters and send regrets to those jerks who planned their wedding during college football season. That is right, as of 2:00 today, the ACC Football Schedule is out. Here is a first look at who our Terps will be facing, or more importantly when they will be facing them.
William & Mary 9-1
NC St 10-20
I couldn’t help but laugh as I typed that out. Talk about balance, one at home, one on the road, one at home, one on the road. Pretty balanced. I also like how spread out it is since you don’t have to ask your spouse if it is okay to go tailgate three Saturdays in a row, while she watches the kids.
So there you have it. Words can’t express how excited I am to read this over. And since we have the schedule, why not do a quick prediction. Remember this is knee jerk, gun to my head with no real homework put into it. But I won’t let the lack of research and analysis stop me from posting something!
William & Mary should be a win, granted “Should” is tough to use after last season, but I’ll give the new team the benefit of the doubt. At Temple, I want to say win, but after last year maybe I should curb that enthusiasm. We’ll go with loss. That puts us at 1-1.
Hosting UConn in a revenge game. I don’t want to over sell this one, but if Randy can’t get it done verse UConn, it will be time to fire up the Bunsen burners under the coaches seat.
At WVU, well that’s a loss, hosting Wake, who knows about Wake, they seem to wobble from one extreme to the other, for the sake of not starting us off 2-3 I’ll say win. On the road to UVA, well good things never seem to happen in Charlottesville, so I’ll say lose, that puts us at 3-3.
I think we can beat NC State at home, considering they needed an epic choke job to beat us in a meaningful game at home last year. Then off to BC, I think that is winnable. Again taking the glass half full look at things (and why not half a year prior to kickoff), that would put us at 5-3. Then we probably lose to Georgia Tech, we played them tough last year, but I think they are the better team. So we are now 5-4.
The trip to Clemson will be another L, as will the following week when we host the Seminoles, and then it is off to Chapel Hill to see if we can keep our season alive (assuming we can use the W&M win for Bowl eligibility). We beat them, and it is 6-6 and Maryland is back in the post season!
You heard it here first!
On a more serious and thought out level, I could see us winning 2 games again this year, and best case scenario maybe going 8-4. Not really going out on a limb with that, but you can set the bar at 5 wins. If we get 5 wins, Edsall can say progress is being made, and the Administration can stand behind him. Anything 4 or less and things will be very ugly in Terpland. Any win over 5 gets Edsall that much more leash from the currently disgruntled fan base.
Of course, who knows how this will all shake out. What I do know is that I have 6 dates with Lot 1 and my cooler, and two very makeable Road Trips to think about. If only fall would hurry up and get here!