Upset Alert: Maryland Terrapins Facing Early Challenge

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On Thursday afternoon, Todd Helmick of joined Thryl Nelson on WNST in Baltimore. As you would imagine, their college football talk centered around the Maryland Terrapins.

Coming off a 2-10 season in 2011, the Terps are expected to struggle. According to Helmick, those struggles could begin as soon as Saturday’s game against William & Mary.

“Maryland should be very, very careful with this game.” Helmick said.

While William & Mary isn’t the type of team to put fear into a team from an automatic qualifier conference, the Terps should have reason to take anyone seriously at this point.

Between the disaster of last season, transfers, and injuries around the depth chart, Randy Edsall’s team is far from serious contention. Add in that William & Mary has a recent track record of staying close against big schools in these early season affairs and you can see the reason for worry.

Freshman playmaker Stefon Diggs recently scored three touchdowns in three touches during a late summer scrimmage. On Saturday, he could be the x-factor for a Terps team dying for playmakers. If he can take a couple to the house, Byrd Stadium will avoid embarrassment this weekend.

There seems to be one of these FBS-FCS scares or upsets every year. Normally we don’t see them coming. Considering the insight of Todd Hemlick and the state of the Maryland roster, this one is an obvious red flag for the ACC.


Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.