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Nevertheless, Maryland will head into what is expected to be another dreary day and attempt to begin a turnaround that simply can’t wait much longer.

“I still have a lot of optimism about this season,” Friedgen said. “I’m hoping we can get a win this weekend and see where we are healthwise before the stretch run at the end. I think we have two very important games before we have an open date. To me, these are critical to our season.”