Most important game: Maryland

Our series taking a look at the most important game on the schedule this year for each ACC school continues today with Maryland. For those of you just tuning in, this is a look at which games will reveal the most or have the biggest impact on the 2012 race.


Most important game: at Temple

Why it’s important: Because if the Terps are going to be perceived as any better in Year 2 under Randy Edsall, they simply cannot afford to lose this game -- not after losing to Temple at home last year, 38-7. This game was picked with the assumption that Maryland will not be a factor in the ACC race -- not with how strong the rest of the division is looking, including Wake Forest and NC State. The ceiling for Maryland this year hovers somewhere around a bowl game, but in order to reach that six-win mark, the Terps can’t afford to have a losing record in their nonconference schedule. With Connecticut and a road trip to West Virginia rounding out the month of September, there’s not much margin for error in Philadelphia. This game was an embarrassment for Maryland last year. Temple had a 31-point halftime lead. So much for protecting the house. Now the Terps will have to travel to Temple and prove they’ve put the ugly 2011 season behind them.

More in this series:

  • Boston College

  • Clemson

  • Duke

  • Florida State

  • Georgia Tech