Heading into the Unexpected - UVa vs. UMD

By: Jed Gamber Email
By: Jed Gamber Email

October 14, 2009

Heading into week four of the season, everyone was talking about the lack of offense produced by the Virginia Football team. Let's face it, the team made it feel like they were producing more turnovers than first downs. Week four was a must win for Al Groh and his club, and they delivered. The offense did not turn the ball over and the defense created three takeaways against UNC. This past Saturday against Indiana, no one knew what to expect from two teams that had never met. Groh delivered again. Another dominating defensive performance and a stellar offensive day. A 47-7 victory for the Wahoo's and a statement made in the teams name.

This upcoming Saturday, the Terps are looking to make that same statement. Maryland is desperate for a win, and producing anything but could possibly be the end of Ralph Friedgen as the head coach for the Terps.

The Terps and Hoos have split their last eight meetings, with Virginia winning the last two.

Last season, everyone expected Virginia to roll over to a Maryland team which was supposed to be far superior to the Cavs. What happened? A 31-0 drubbing of the Terps. My point is that no matter what angle you take, what side your on, or what numbers you throw out there - none of it matters.

No one outside of the locker rooms last season could have predicted the outcome of that game last season because it was that unexpected. Part of it could be the week or preparation heading into the game, or the emotions, or the sheer fact that the two teams hate each other. The past two were fun to watch for Virginia, but who knows where it goes from there - I sure don't.

But, as an unbiased onlooker, it should be fun for me to watch.


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