Tuesday, November 17, 2009
No surprise that Virginia Tech quickly ended any hopes Maryland had of salvaging their decrepit season with a win over a top 25 team. I didn't get a chance to really review the game film yet so I don't want to make any comments on the performance of the squad right now. It is obvious that there is a significant gap between Frank Beamer's program and the one that Ralph Friedgen has been running since Virginia Tech lucked its way into the ACC. I don't like much about how the Hokies run their football program or athletic department but it is obvious that they have the coaching and talent to be in contention for an ACC football title nearly every season. Maryland is a long way off from that in both areas. In the four games Maryland has played against Virginia Tech since 2004 they have lost by a combined score of 142-37, on average 35-9. This game also exposed Friedgen's comments regarding the Terrapins "bad luck" to be the fatuous bunch of bull crap. I'm not sure if Big Ralph actually believes this team could be 6-4 or 7-3 but for some bad breaks. I think it would be worse to me if he was so delusional or in such denial that he really thinks that is the case. This is a bad team. There is no getting around it. Maybe if they had not had injury issues and had some luck in a game here or there they might be 5-5 with a shot at a mediocre 6-6 record like I predicted they would have before the season. That is certainly better than the potential first ever 10 loss season that they might suffer but it hardly makes them a good team. The Maryland program has a vast amount of improvement needed before there can be any sober talk about contending in a weak Atlantic division. The talent and coaching both need to improve drastically next year or the Terps will be perilously close to another disastrous season if they suffer some more "bad luck."