It is a great idea for a nationally televised game to put Maryland in the minds of fans nation wide. Hopefully the it will be on the highlights for touchdowns that Maryland is scoring, instead of California.
In other news safety Terrell Skinner, who in my mind has been the defensive MVP so far this young season, will miss two to three weeks with an ankle sprain. Antwine Perez, a heralded transfer from USC, will start in his place. We'll have to see if Perez's familiarity with the Pac-10 will be any help in this game. Oddly the secondary has performed fairly well this year in comparison to the more hyped linebackers and defensive line. Perez is probably better in run support than coverage which is good since the engine for Cal's offense is running back Jahvid Best. It goes without saying that the defense will have to get much better at defending the short passing game. Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin didn't seem to be able to cover the flats against Middle Tennessee.