The home/road split can be overstated at times.
That said, Maryland’s done rather well when it starts 2-0 on the road in ACC play over the last half-century or so.
It is the opportunity facing the Terrapins tomorrow when they visit Virginia. A victory would put Maryland in the same category as these previous Terp teams:
* 1953: Finished 10-1 (3-0 ACC) and were declared ACC and national champions
* 1955: Finished 10-1 (4-0), shared the ACC title and earned an Orange Bowl invitation
* 1962: Finished 6-4 (5-2)
* 1975: Finished 9-2-1 (5-0) and won the ACC title and the Gator Bowl
* 1976: Finished 11-1 (5-0), won the ACC title and played in the Cotton Bowl
* 1978: Finished 9-3 (5-1) and played in the Sun Bowl
* 1981: Finished 4-6-1 (4-2)
* 1982: Finished 8-4 (5-1) and played in the Aloha Bowl
* 1984: Finished 9-3 (6-0) and won the ACC title and the Sun Bowl
* 1985: Finished 9-3 (6-0) and won the ACC title and the Cherry Bowl
* 1988: Finished 5-6 (4-3)
* 2001: Finished 10-2 (7-1), won the ACC title and played in the Orange Bowl
* 2002: Finished 11-3 (6-2) and won the Peach Bowl
So in the 13 times it’s happened before, Maryland won a conference title seven times, earned bowl invitations 10 times and not once had a losing record in the conference.
If that last part held up, that would mean a minimum of an 8-4 season. Given where this team was less than four weeks ago, that would be pretty good.
—- Patrick Stevens