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Maryland hasn’t exactly played all that great in trips to non-BCS teams under Ralph Friedgen.

It lost to Michael Turner-led Northern Illinois in 2003. Then beat Eastern Michigan a few weeks later. Then didn’t look particularly good against a bad Florida International team last season.

Now comes Middle Tennessee, a road date that probably isn’t the sexiest thing to land on Maryland’s schedule in the last few years — and prompted a question about the nonconference schedule.

“You’re never going to please the fans,” Friedgen said. “They’re the least of my consideration. Obviously, I want W’s. This is a game I worry about quite a bit. It’s going to be a different environment. …

“I hope we’re ready to play when we go up there. They will be fired up. They will be like this is their Rose Bowl. When we watched them on tape, when they played Virginia [last year] and they played Louisville [in 2006]. They play better against those teams than the teams in their own conference.”

— Patrick Stevens

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Don’t cry for Andy Roddick after his U.S. Open loss — he’s set to marry swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. Here’s a list of five more sports personalities, who, for various reasons, don’t need your tears:

1. Tiger Woods — No one wants to have a knee injury, but he’s building a golf course, may be the richest athlete ever and has a beautiful family, including 14-month-old daughter Sam.

2. Alex Ovechkin — Mark it down, this guy’s gonna set NHL records … well, anything Wayne Gretzky hasn’t put out of reach.

3. Brett Favre — He’s playing with house fandom, and every throw that’s not an interception is gravy.

4. Derek Jeter — Four World Series titles, first-ballot Hall of Famer and has dated Scarlett Johansson, Mariah Carey and Jessica Alba among others. Oh, and he just might be the most popular Yankees player ever.

5. Michael Phelps — Eight gold medals + crazy diet + charming personality (at least in front of the cameras) = hysterical fans, money and almost infinite fame.

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