Schedule and Odds
Nothing went to plan for the Terrapins last year as a new quarterback got injured almost every week. They had to convert a linebacker to quarterback just to finish the season. Even though their defense wasn’t half bad, they lost confidence as the season went on and finished with six straight losses. Now in Randy Edsall’s third year, a bowl Game is in sight as long as they can stay relatively healthy.
After tearing his ACL in the preseason, QB C.J. Brown will get a sixth year of eligibility and will hope to lead Maryland to a few more wins. He showed promise two years ago with his legs, but now needs to incorporate his arm a little more. As long as he can play every Game, the Terps should be in a better situation than in 2012. Stefon Diggs leads the receivers and he should help Brown immensely as the two have yet to play a Game together. Their top running backs return in Brandon Ross and Wes Brown and both should have a better season. The two have contrasting styles that can open up passing lanes for the quarterback.
The Terps are losing a lot on the defensive end with only Four starters returning. Leading tackler last season, linebacker Cole Farrand, will have to take control of this young group. With NFL talent leaving up front, the secondary is the power of this defense, especially with guys like DB William Likely coming into the group.
2013 Maryland Football Schedule
Aug. 31 vs. Florida International
Sept. 7 vs. Old Dominion
Sept. 14 at Connecticut
Sept. 21 vs. West Virginia
Oct. 5 at Florida State
Oct. 12 vs. Virginia
Oct. 19 at Wake Forest
Oct. 26 vs. Clemson
Nov. 9 vs. Syracuse
Nov. 16 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 23 vs. Boston College
Nov. 30 at NC State
Much like last season, Maryland should get a couple wins to start the season before they face some opponents from bigger conferences. Connecticut and West Virginia are both on the same level as the Terps, but both ended in defeats last season. C.J. Brown and an improved offense should be able to turn those Games around.
Getting to play in the Atlantic division isn’t all that bad for Maryland. Even though Florida State and Clemson are the cream of the crop, it’s a really top heavy division. The fight for third place is a toss-up and Maryland is right in the middle of those talks. Home Games against Virginia, Syracuse and Boston College all need to be wins for the Terps. On the road, their best chances at victory will come at Wake Forest and in the season finale against NC State.
Maryland has plenty of chances to get to a bowl Game as long as they don’t fall apart to injuries. Six or seven wins could be in the cards for the Terrapins in 2013.