Maryland vs Duke- Game Preview

Maryland vs Duke- Game Preview

TSR's Matt Owings previews this weekend's upcoming Maryland vs Duke game.

Maryland (ACC) @ Duke (ACC)

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

Saturday, October 24 1:30 PM

ESPN360.com

Radio: The Terrapin Sports Radio Network, WJZ-FM

Duke 2008 Complete Schedule (4-8, 1-7 ACC)

August 30 James Madison

W 31-7

September 6 Northwestern

L 24-20

September 13 Navy

W 41-31

September 27 Virginia

W 31-3

October 4 at Georgia Tech

L 27-0

October 18 Miami (FL)

L 49-31

October 25 at Vanderbilt

W 10-7

November 1 at Wake Forest

L 33-30

November 8 North Carolina State

L 27-17

November 15 at Clemson

L 31-7

November 22 at Virginia Tech

L 14-3

November 29 North Carolina

L 28-20

Duke 2009 Complete Schedule (3-3, 1-1 ACC)

September 5 Richmond

L 24-16

September 12 at Army

W 35-19

September 19 at No. 22 Kansas

L 44-16

September 26 North Carolina Central

W 49-14

October 3 No. 6 Virginia Tech

L 34-26

October 10 at North Carolina State

W 49-28

October 24 Maryland

1:30 PM ET

October 31 at Virginia

3:30 PM ET

November 7 at North Carolina

TBA

November 14 No. 12 Georgia Tech

TBA

November 21 at No. 10 Miami (FL)

TBA

November 28 Wake Forest

TBA

Matchup History

Maryland has a commanding series advantage over the Duke Blue Devils with a 30-18 record and winning 9 out of the last 10 games. The first time these two ACC rivals met was in 1932 where Duke blew the Terps out 34-0. Duke's last win over Maryland came in 1999. Since then, Maryland has shown dominance over the Blue Devils. The last time these two met in 2004, Maryland took care of business against Duke, sharpening up their 23rd national ranking and setting their sights on a possible ACC Title. This year holds a very different situation for the Terps. Usually, Maryland has their way with the Duke on the football field. Saturday's game, however, proves to be a bit more of a challenge for the Terps who face a Duke Football team that isn't having such a bad season.

Wins

Every game from here on out is a must-win. Most coaches would say that every game is a must-win as it is, considering nobody goes into a game thinking that losing is ok. Regardless, for the Terps, winning the game against Duke is absolutely imperative if the Terps want to come away from this season feeling accomplished. Every game from now on needs to instill a sense of urgency in the Terps, but for their sake and for their coach's.

Turning to a New Chapter?

Rumors have been swirling around campus that quarterback Chris Turner is slowly losing his starting job. Coach Friedgen has gone on record stating that Chris Turner will remain the quarterback, but he stressed that the future of the team lies in the hands of sophomore quarterback and backup Jamarr Robinson. With that being said, is it time to sit Turner and play the young guns that are the future of this team? Only time will tell what coach Friedgen decides to do. One thing is for certain, if Chris Turner continues to play like he is currently, the decision may be easier than anticipated for the coaching staff of Maryland.

Running back by Committee

The Terps have been plagued with terrible luck when it comes to their injury problem. All-ACC runner Da'Rel Scott looks to be out for a long time, if not the whole season. This is cause for concern with the Terps when it comes to their ground attack. The Terps have featured a few of their smaller, lesser known backs including Gary Douglass and Caleb Porzel as well as Davin Meggett. Hopefully the Terp's strategy of spreading the ball around works in their favor against Duke this Saturday.

Terps from Duke-Area

There are two Maryland players that hail from the Raleigh-Durham area including linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield and running back Gary Douglas. For these Terps, Saturday's game comes with a little something extra as they travel back home to play against the team that they likely grew up watching and supporting.

Maryland-Native Blue Devils

There are four Duke players that hail from Maryland. These include kicker Will Snyderwine, tight end Danny Parker, safety Anthony Young-Wiseman, and wide receiver Sheldon Bell. These Blue Devils will look to beat their home-state's team in the matchup this Saturday.

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