9:56 AM PDT, September 15, 2012
When the Terrapins take the field against Connecticut today at Byrd Stadium, it obviously won’t be one of the feature games on ABC, but it actually is something of a lynchpin game for Maryland.
The Terps are trying to convince more fans to show up on Saturdays, and beating the Huskies would improve their record to 3-0 and build a bridge over next week’s potentially ugly game at West Virginia into a home matchup against a beatable Wake Forest team that could leave them 4-1 as they approach the half-way point in their schedule.
Admittedly, if we’ve learned anything Orioles manager Buck Showalter, nobody should be focused on the possibilities two weeks from now, but after last year’s dismal 2-10 record, three wins in three games would be a big public relations plus for Randy Edsall and his program.
It’s still going to be tough to project a winning season with the ACC schedule the Terps are set to play, but if they win the four early games they can win – starting today – they would be just a medium upset and one big defensive performance away from bowl eligibility.
How’s that for a little positive spin.