Revisiting the pregame predictions: Duke

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Meant to get to this over the last few days, but haven’t had a chance until now.

The pregame predictions weren’t all that great. If I’d been expected a monsoon, some of them might have been different.

In any case, here’s those five predictions heading into Saturday’s 17-13 loss at Duke and how they all shook out:

1. It’ll be boom-or-bust for the Maryland defense

SORT OF CORRECT. The Terps had some big plays (an interception, two fumble recoveries and two sacks), and gave up eight plays of more than 15 yards. But Maryland didn’t roll up a huge sack total, and Duke only managed 17 points. Both the booms and the busts were relatively modest.

2. Thaddeus Lewis will throw for 300+ yards

CORRECT. Duke didn’t bother much with the run, leaving Lewis to roll up 371 passing yards as the fulcrum of the Blue Devils’ offense.

3. Caleb Porzel will start – or at least carry a significant portion of the load.

CORRECT. Porzel started and had 15 of the Terps’ 31 carries. That would qualify as “a significant portion of the load.”

4. Chris Turner’s in for a bounceback day.

INCORRECT. Turner didn’t play horribly, but he also was restricted by the rain. Going in, it looked like there could be dueling 300-yard passers. Lewis held up his end. Turner (and his play-caller) didn’t get there for the Terps.

5. No new true freshmen will play.

INCORRECT. This was more in reference to D.J. Adams and Danny O’Brien. Instead, Eric Franklin got his first action after Antwine Perez’s injury late in the first quarter. Look for plenty of Franklin on special teams going forward.

Patrick Stevens

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