Kick off at 3:30 on ESPNU.
I said it yesterday, but now it seems even more likely: if there's going to be a Stefon Diggs Game, there's a good chance it's this one. Maryland's fanbase is vulnerable after the Harrisons; we're likely to fall head over heels for the next big thing, whoever it is. Of course, it will be Diggs. His ACC debut, with a bye week for the staff to have finally figured out how to get him the ball, and a mediocre opposing secondary missing half its starters. If you think you like him now, wait until he goes for two scores and a big punt return with requisite Maryland-themed chest-beating after every big play. He'll have half-a-dozen marriage proposals by the third quarter.
(A similar, if lessened, effect is available for Perry Hills, by the way. His personality is genuinely every bit as likable as Diggs', albeit for different reasons; like Diggs, he is an antithesis to everything the Harrisons (possibly unfairly) represent to Marylanders, and for that reason he's exactly the type of guy fans will be attracted to in this situation. Another game along the likes of what he did to West Virginia a week ago, and he'll become a storyline, too.)
Like any good Maryland fan, I'm starting to get concerned now that every possible factor is pointing toward the Terps. It seems like a guarantee for an epic letdown, for reasons no one quite understands. But hey, if the Orioles can win a playoff game, Maryland can beat a pretty-bad Wake Forest team. The curse on MD sports is ending (I hope).
Prediction: I'm going to stick with a comfortable Terps win, because I really need to be optimistic right now. Maryland by three scores, 27-10.
Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium