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Will the Terps win?

The Maryland game this Saturday against Clemson could end up being one of the largest deciding factors in who represents the Atlantic Division in the ACC title game.

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Wake Forest 1-0 1.000 3-0 1.000
Clemson 1-0 1.000 3-1 .750
Maryland 0-0 .000 3-1 .750
Boston College 0-1 .000 2-1 .667
Florida State 0-1 .000 2-1 .667
NC State 0-1 .000 2-2

.500

As you can see, Maryland is the only team to have not played a conference game. If the Terps beat Clemson on Saturday, they'll be 1-0 in the conference and have the head-to-head tiebreaker over Clemson. Wake will then be the only other team in the Atlantic division with no losses and they have to travel to College Park for their game against us. Before the Wake game, the Terps play at Virginia, a game they should win, before heading back home to face Wake and NC State. Maryland would certainly have a good chance of beating Wake at home as well as State, meaning they could start off ACC play at 4-0 before heading down to Blacksburg for their showdown against Va. Tech. That is where the Terps ACC title game hopes will either be confirmed or denied, as they have to play some of the top teams in the conference in Va. Tech, UNC, FSU and Boston College in successive games.

But I digress...

First, we must beat Clemson. If we can beat Clemson, we can build our momentum towards that final streach run. This I think will define what we can expect out of the Ralph Friedgen Program going forward - can the Terps rise up and finally make a statement in the conference, for the first time since 2003? Or will they slip up and revert back to the team that lost to Middle-Tennessee State. Only time will tell. At time starts this Saturday at 1:00 in Death Valley.