It’s West Virginia week. Does it feel like a rivalry game, Terps fans?
My story for tomorrow’s paper talks about the West Virginia-Maryland series. I asked Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen about the rivalry, and he said it still matters.
I think it’s got everything a rivalry needs to foment a healthy, non-violent hatred.
Of course, what it’s lacking lately is balance. The Mountaineers have won the past six meetings.
Maryland’s last win came in the 2004 Gator Bowl. It wasn’t a coincidence that the bowl decided to match up those particular schools, with all their history. Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said he told Gator Bowl officials that the schools "could probably play this game four times a week and sell it out." The Terps beat the Mountaineers, 41-7, in that game.
West Virginia is already on Maryland’s schedule through 2017. If you’re a Terps fan, you’re hoping Maryland starts winning a few of these games to restore some of the luster to a series that began in 1919.
Next year’s Maryland-West Virginia game will be held at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium -– the first Terps contest at the Ravens’ stadium since the Navy game that opened the 2010 season.
Who is your favorite rival, West Virginia and Virginia? You’ve got to choose one because they’re about all you’ve got. And, yes, I know West Virginia already has Pittsburgh and Virginia has Virginia Tech.
“It would be nice to have UCLA-USC, but this is what we've got," then-quarterback Chris Turner told me a few years ago.
* It's still unclear when we will see linebacker Kenny Tate (knee) who has been doing some work with the scout team. Same goes for tailback Brandon Ross (hamstring), who suited up Saturday but did not play.
* Is anybody besides me wondering why tight end Matt Furstenburg has just three catches? I know Perry Hills hasn't had much time to throw lately, but Furstenburg made the all-ACC preseason team and can be a real weapon.