Posted: 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
By Dave Tucker
This season, following each week of college football, we'll take a look at how Maryland's opponents fared the previous week, where they stand record wise, and note any other pertinent information that happened to the remaining opponents during their games that week.
UConn: (0-1) (0-0)
As you might remember, UConn lost to Towson in week 1, at home by 15 points. They had an open week last week, so they've had extra time to prepare for Maryland and Randy Edsall's homecoming.
West Virginia: (1-1) (0-1)
After trying hard to lose to William and Mary in week 1, WVU did lose to Oklahoma, 16-7, last week. The Mountaineers made a lot of mistakes, but also forced the Sooners into mistakes as well. The game was played in 100 degree heat and WVU gave up over 300 yards on the ground, so it should be interesting to see what shakes out when Maryland faces them in Baltimore next week. It would be nice to run all over them this year and get payback for some of the recent running games they've had against us. WVU takes on Georgia State this week.
Florida State: (1-0) (1-0)
The Seminoles kicked off the season with a road victory over Pitt on Labor Day, blowing out one of the new ACC schools 41-13. The Noles remain ranked at #10 this week and it appears the road to the Atlantic title goes through both Death Valley and Tallahassee this season. FSU takes on Nevada for their home opener this Saturday and will face the Terps at home on October 5th.
Virginia: (1-1) (0-0)
LOL UVA. After starting the season with a comeback win against BYU, the Hoos got HAMMERED at home by Oregon last week, 59-10. Oregon is good and I expected them to score a lot of points, but I didn't expect UVA to lose by 49. Here is a nice schadenfreude slideshow of Oregon scoring over and over and over on the Cavs. UVA now has a bye week before facing VMI at home on September 21st. Maryland faces our rival to the south at home on October 12th.
Wake Forest: (1-1) (0-1)
Wake took care of business against Presbyterian in week one, but lost last week to BC in #therivalry, 24-10. This week, they try to recover from that loss by facing the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at home. They face Maryland in Winston-Salem on October 19th.
Clemson: (2-0) (0-0)
After opening the season by downing #5 Georgia at home, Clemson had a glorified exhibition against South Carolina State last week, trouncing the Bulldogs 52-13. The Tigers have climbed even higher in the rankings and now sit at #3 in the AP and #5 in the coaches. They're good. The only real question now is will Clemson pull a Clemson and are the Tigers better than FSU? Regardless, the ACC might send two teams to BCS games this season. The Tigers don't play this weekend, as they play a Thursday night game on the 19th at NC State. They'll face Maryland in College Park on October 26th.
Syracuse: (0-2) (0-0)
The Orange, one of the ACC's newcomers, narrowly lost to Penn State in week one before getting blown out on the road by Northwestern last week, 48-27. They'll try to rebound at home this week against Wagner and take on Maryland at home on November 9th, which is the week after the Terps have a bye.
Virginia Tech: (1-1) (0-0)
The Hokies started off the season with a loss to Alabama, but rebounded with a 45-3 beat down of Western Carolina last week.. The Hokies travel to face East Carolina this week and take on Maryland November 16th in Blacksburg.
Boston College: (2-0) (1-0)
After opening the season with a narrow victory over Villanova, the Eagles defeated Wake in their conference opener last week. BC takes on USC in LA this week and I'm looking forward to watching the sacrificial blood bath of a loss that should take place. BC faces Maryland on November 23rd in College Park.
NC State: (2-0) (0-0)
After they blew out Louisiana Tech in week one, State almost lost at home to Richmond, narrowly defeating the Spiders, 23-21. Not exactly the game you want to have when Clemson is your next opponent. State will face Maryland at home for the Yow Bowl on November 30th to close out the regular season.