November 29, 2008
3 Reasons BC beats Maryland
Maryland can't score
For as big of an offensive genius as Ralph Friedgen is known for being his offensive isn't exactly lighting the world on fire this year. The Terrapins are ranked 100th nationally, and 11th in the ACC in scoring offense averaging just 20 points per game. The offense has been particularly stagnant of late averaging just 11 points per game in the last three games.
Frank Spaziani's defense is allowing an average of just over 17 points per game, and when opponents score 17 points or less BC is 5-0. When opponents score over 17 points, BC is just 3-3. My bet is the Terps' don't break 17.
Darrius Heyward-Bey listed as questionable
A status of questionable means there's a good chance they player won't suit up. That being said, even if Heyward-Bey does play he obviously has a pretty significant injury, or else he wouldn't have a status of questionable.
Maryland doesn't have too many offensive weapons to begin with, but when you take their biggest playmaker and best offensive player out of the lineup it drastically weakens the offense. Heyward-Bey leads Maryland in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In a nutshell, he leads the Terrapins in every receiving category imaginable, and has for the last three years and counting now.
So who is the Terps' top receiver with Heyward-Bey out of the lineup? That would be Dan Gronkowski who has 29 receptions for 287 yards this season
What exactly is Maryland good at?
That's a question I've been trying to answer all year now, and I'm still looking for an answer. The most puzzling thing to me is trying to figure out how this team is still alive for the ACC title.
The Terps' have good statistical ranks in rushing, passing, and total offense in the ACC, as they rank in the top five in all of those categories. Of course, at the same time they rank 10th in scoring offense. So can we really say they have a good offense?
Defensively, Maryland has been pretty atrocious. They rank 11th in rushing defense, 10th in pass defense, and 10th in total defense.
On top of all this the Terps' rank 96th nationally in turnover margin, so it's not like they have a niche like causing a lot of turnovers.
So again, what exactly is Maryland good at? Oh I see they rank number one in the ACC in net punting. Checkmark to the Terps' in that category.
BONUS: 4TH Reason
Before the season, freshman running back Josh Haden said to me, "I want to get in a BCS bowl. We've been in a lot of bowls, but we've never been to that really, really big one," said Haden.
With Haden's goal in his sights, looks for the Maryland native to come up really big today. My bold prediction is Haden breaks his career high of 77 yards rushing.
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