Lions Demolish Terps 59-0
At this rate, Mike Locksley will be looking for a job real soon. His Terps started this season with a bang, notching two lopsided victories. Then, things fell apart. A loss to mighty Temple, a bye week, and then a thorough throttling by enigmatic Penn State all seem to predict a downward course for Maryland.
Meanwhile, are the Nittany Lions on the upswing? The Sanguinarians must be achieving nirvana right about now, predicting national championships and the like. They’ll suck up the media noise and believe it. I heard some schmuck on ESPN saying, “Penn State can play with any team in the FBS.” However, a dose of realistic caution is necessary to daunt the Sanguinistic pipe dreams: N.B., this was Maryland, and they suck.
On the other hand, the Nits are showing some signs of life on both sides of the ball. Turkey like
No One Knows
No one knows. I sure as hell don’t. Like a lot of pseudo-experts, I predicted a one-score game and took the under. [The o/u was somewhere around 60, so I was right! —TNT] No one — and I mean no one — expected what happened under the proverbial Friday night lights at Maryland Stadium, jointly sponsored by the Bloods, the Crips, and Springfield Armory.
Overall, it was a bad weekend for Maryland. The Ravens lost, too, and the best thing you can say about the Orioles is that they were eliminated from playoff contention right around the Fourth of July, so their last-place finish was assured a
Sometimes, You Know Things You Don’t Know You Know
With Purdue on the near horizon, I still lack confidence in the Lions’ ability to contend for the Big Ten title. I sure as hell hope this lopsided win doesn’t give them the false sense of superiority that will compromise their performance against the Boilermakers. They have to come out and play four quarters — in a noon kickoff game. Mailing it in while mentally preparing for Iowa is not an option. Swagger is OK, but they cannot sit back and
You all know the Maryland stats by now, so I won’t bore you by regurgitating them. However, it is nice to know that Penn State now has moved up to #83 in third-down conversions, at 37.2% (That’s what James Franklin said he wanted). Not exactly in Ohio State’s league (56.6%), but they have achieved separation from the sludge at the bottom of the FBS pile.
Around the Conference
By the way, speaking of
Penn State remained at #12 in the AP poll, as all those above that rank who played took care of business during the weekend. Clemson dropped to #2 after a failed two-point conversion by UNC gave the mighty Tigers a slim, 21-20 victory. Our friends at tOSU moved up to #4 with a dominating performance at Lincoln, beating Nebraska 48-7, while former #4 LSU did not play.
In other Big Ten action, #8 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 24-15, but it wasn’t that close. #14 Iowa throttled Middle Tennessee 48-3. #25 Moo U. had some trouble overcoming Indiana, 40-31. Finally, Minnesota, now 4-0, softened up Purdue at West Lafayette, 38-31. We’ll host the Boilermakers on Saturday.
What do YOU know?
I’m anxious to hear assessments of this team’s progress and potential from my six readers, because I sure as hell don’t know what I’m talking about. What do you think? Are you satisfied with where they are?
I’ll be back later in the week to blow off some steam about the Boilermakers.