Seth Hoffman over at InsideMdSports.com has more on this, but here’s a startling number for Maryland after two weeks of the season: It is one of only five teams in the country to not have created a turnover so far.
And one of only three to play two games and not manage a takeaway.
Seriously, take a peek at this page and you’ll see the Terrapins have some company that doesn’t exactly scream “national elite.” Rather, a lot of these schools are ones you would have considered using for dynasty mode in NCAA Football ‘06 if you were looking to really challenge yourself:
* Buffalo, which won at Texas-El Paso before getting drilled by Pittsburgh
* Florida International, which lost its opener at Alabama (and, as a bonus stat, is averaging a nation-worst one yard rushing per game)
* Nevada, which was bopped in its visit to South Bend two weeks ago.
* Stanford, now 1-1 after a loss to Wake Forest. The Cardinal beat Washington State without the benefit of a forced turnover two weeks ago, a surprise mainly because the Cougars were abysmal at avoiding giveaways last year. Oh, and last week, too: Hawaii was the recipient of seven Wazzu turnovers.
In any case, this only reinforces the evidence that Maryland’s defense simply hasn’t done its job the first two weeks. Maybe that changes, and maybe it doesn’t. But turnovers will play a crucial role if there is to be a reversal.
—- Patrick Stevens