With all of that out of the way, let’s get to know the 2012 Maryland Terrapins:
No. 10 Florida State at Maryland, noon, Saturday, ESPNU … 23rd meeting. Seminoles lead the all-time series 20-2. They won the previous meeting, 41-16 in Tallahassee last season. A win Saturday afternoon, and the Seminoles win the ACC's Atlantic Division and earn their third trip to the ACC Championship game.
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (4-6, 2-4)
2011 record: 2-10 (1-7)
Coach: Randy Edsall had barely been on campus a full year and already the temperature below his chair was heating up. In the offseason, Maryland fans complained about the way the Terrapins' 2-10 2011 season ended, and the way Edsall handled it. The year before, their program had finally turned things around under then-coach Ralph Friegden and quarterback Danny O'Brien. They had nine wins and won their bowl game. But Friegden was fired and O'Brien wasn't far behind. When Edsall came, drama between he and his quarterback ensued as the promising starter was benched midway through last season. In the offseason, he transferred out. Since then, a voodoo hex has been put on Maryland's roster at quarterback (that's the only way some could logically explain all the injuries). But as tough as his critics have been throughout his brief time in College Park, Edsall has built a strong defense. Before arriving there, he spent 12 seasons at Connecticut, driving the Huskies through the transition of what was once called Division I-AA football to full-on Division I-A (from what is now known as FCS to FBS). At the end of that transition, the Huskies with to five bowl games, including a BCS bowl in 2010, just before he was hired at Maryland.
Maryland’s 2012 stats:
Rushing yards per game: 101.40
Passing yards per game: 182.90
Rushing yards allowed per game: 112.060
Passing yards allowed per game: 202.50
Points scored per game: 18.90
Points allowed per game: 24.00
Tackles for loss per game: 6.90
Total yards per game: 284.30
Total yards allowed per game: 315.10
Sacks allowed per game: 3.40