Maryland vs Wake Forest- Game Preview

Maryland vs Wake Forest- Game Preview

TSR's Matt Owings previews this weeks Maryland vs Wake Forest game.

Maryland (ACC) @ Wake Forest (ACC)

BB&T Field (31,500)

Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:30 ET

ESPN360.com

Radio: Radio: The Terrapin Sports Radio Network, WJZ-FM

Wake Forest 2008 Complete Schedule (8-5, 4-4 ACC)

August 28 at Baylor

W 41-13

September 6 Mississippi

W 30-28

September 20 at No. 24 Florida State

W 12-3

September 27 Navy

L 24-17

October 9 Clemson

W 12-7

October 18 at Maryland

L 26-0

October 25 at Miami (FL)

L 16-10

November 1 Duke

W 33-30

November 8 Virginia

W 28-17

November 15 at North Carolina State

L 21-17

November 22 Boston College

L 24-21

November 29 Vanderbilt

W 23-10

December 20 vs. Navy*

W 29-19

Wake Forest Complete 2009 Schedule (3-2, 1-1 ACC)

September 5 Baylor

L 24-21

September 12 Stanford

W 24-17

September 19 Elon

W 35-7

September 26 at Boston College

L 27-24

October 3 North Carolina State

W 30-24

October 10 Maryland

October 17 at Clemson

October 24 at Navy

October 31 No. 11 Miami (FL)

November 7 at No. 22 Georgia Tech

November 14 Florida State

November 28 at Duke

Matchup History

Maryland leads the series 41-15-1 including last year's shut-out victory at Byrd Stadium where the Terps put 26 unanswered points on the board against the Demon Deacons. With that being said, Wake has won two out of the last three games and this Demon Deacon Program is only getting stronger under head coach Jim Grobe.

ACC Resurgence

Both these teams are coming off of big-time wins over ACC foes. The Terps pulled an upset at home over Clemson while Wake took care of business against N.C. State in front of their home fans in the black and gold. This steady competition in the ACC speaks to say that this conference could possibly finally be on the rise and ready to compete with the likes of the SEC and the Big 12. Miami (FL) and their recent win over Oklahoma proves that the ACC is no push-over conference anymore.

Coach Breathing Easier

Last week's game preview featured a spot on head coach Ralph Friedgen and his uncertain future at the University of Maryland. Well, after Saturday's impressive win against a very good Clemson football team, it looks as though he may be able to relax a bit. In his press conference after the game, Friedgen continued to dismiss rumors of a position change. One thing is for certain; if Maryland can continue to put exciting wins into the books as they did against the Tigers of Clemson, Friedgen will be able to rest easy this offseason.

North Carolina Native Terps

Both back-up quarterbacks, Jamarr Robinson and C.J. Brown call North Carolina home. In addition, linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield and running back Gary Douglas hail from the first in flight state.

Maryland Native Demon Deacons

Wake Forest has a few from Maryland on their roster. Michael Campanaro, Joey Ehrmann, and Steven Chase all call the Old Line State their home.

Another Must Win

Even though the Terps did pull an impressive win off against Clemson, they still need another ACC win this weekend to solidify them as possible contenders. Maryland's schedule doesn't hold much room for error and it seems that this weekend's game is not completely out of the question when it comes to the Terps grabbing another much-needed win. The Terps have some issues to work out when it comes to their special teams play and their ability to close out a game and not have to worry about your defense holding off a last-minute surging drive.

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