Despite more losses there were glimpses in the Clemson and Virginia Tech games that made you think we might be able to compete against lessor teams. Now we are playing a lessor team. After a promising start Maryland looks awful. And their style of play works well with ours. I am actually feeling good about this matchup.
Overlooked storyline for the game: Randy Edsall -- BC's constant Bridesmaid.
Randy Edsall made a big deal out of getting the Maryland job and claimed it was his dream job. BC fans know that his real dream job was in Chestnut Hill. He thought he had the role when we hired TOB. He wanted it when it opened up in 2006 and 2009. Now that ship has passed. Even with all his success at UConn and our frustration with various coaches at BC, I've never viewed him as the one that got away.
Three Simple Keys
1. Forcing Turnovers. When O'Brien is good, he's making smart plays and avoiding turnovers. For many years we lived off of the well timed INT. We need that to disrupt Maryland.
2. High percentage passes. Maryland plays plenty of zone. Rettig should have time to make short, well timed passes.
3. Clock Management. It seems like we have bigger issues, but this has been chronic. Spaz often talks about margin of error. Well if he wants to win, he better be judicious with his timeouts and when we should eat clock vs when we should speed things up.
-- Spaz is 0-2 against the spread when playing Maryland
-- BC has been favored in Spaz's last two meeting with Maryland
-- BC leads the series 5-3
The current line is BC+7.5
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and Offensive Coordinator Gary Crowton first worked together at BC under Tom Coughlin.
Florida State hosts NC State. Both are approaching. I clearly have lost faith in Spaz, but part of me knows that we can win more games. NC State and FSU are both winnable in the sense that they are home games and we are facing flawed teams. It will be interesting to see if TOB's guys can hang with Florida State on the road.
I hope to see...
A controlled passing attack. There is no reason we cannot dink and dunk on them. Put Rettig in the shotgun and let him hit soft spots in the zone. I will be dissappointed if we attack downfield or go heavy run.
BC is in trouble if…
We cannot keep pressure off of Rettig. Edsall runs a very similar defense to Spaz. We should not be surprised and should be able to hold up their front. If we cannot, then 1-11 no longer becomes a possibility. It becomes a certainty.
I don't know why, but I have a good feeling this week. I actually think we will pull out a close, hard fought game. We are due for somethings to break our way and I think Maryland has many issues too. I think BC gets up early and holds off a late comeback from the Terps.
Final Score: BC 27, Maryland 24.