Can you believe that? Just three weeks after getting embarrassed by Middle Tennessee State; the Terps have risen to elite status. Sure, they are not in the Top 25 yet, but the writing is on the wall. Not only that, but the Terps seem to be playing their best football in years. I guess that is what a competent QB will do for you.
Both the defense and the offense played at a peak level in one of the most hostile environments in the country during the 2nd half on Saturday. At 4-1, the Terps have positioned themselves for a special October and November.
Back in July, I predicted that at this point in the season, the Terps would be 4-1. Of course, how exactly they got to 4-1 was beyond my predictive abilities. No matter. The Terps face three winnable contests as we look ahead on the schedule. A road game against a pathetic UVA (the lost to Duke!); then home games against suddenly vulnerable Wake Forest (a home loss to Navy?); and NC State.
You don’t need to be Steven Hawking to figure out that the Terps could be sitting at 7-1three weeks hence. Now of course, we don’t want the team or the coaches getting ahead themselves (they are focused on UVA); but I am neither and I will look ahead. 7-1 would be incredible. The schedule really starts to get tough after that as they close the year out with Va Tech, UNC, FSU, and BC (is there anything worse than an ACC school going up to Massachussetts in late November?). Any thing can happen, but a 2-2 finish and the Terps are sitting at 9 wins with a realistic shot at the ACC title depending on how everything shakes out.
As juicy as that feels; it wouldn’t be Maryland if there wasn’t a dark lining to the silver cloud. How can you avoid thinking about what would have been if the Fridge had started the season with Chris Turner–as everyone else in the entire state of Maryland had wanted. The Terps would likely be 5-0 (Yes, I realize Turner started the MTSU game, but he was rusty and I’m sure if he had been named number 1 in early August; the Terps would have won that game.)
5-0 and the Terps are in rarified air. We would likely be in the Top 20 and if 8-0 came to pass; they would have been in the BCS conversation. Of course it is fancy and no one in their right mind would expect the Terps to hang with USCs and LSUs of the world. However, being in that conversation; albeit for only a week or two, would have meant so much to the program, its fans, and alumni.
Hopefully, the Fridge has learned his lesson. Chris Turner is the man now and he starts the rest of his career.