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In-between week for Terps

This is one of those classic "in-between" weeks for the Terps – a dead zone of sorts. Saturday's game with Eastern Michigan (an opponent that doesn't look imposing on paper) falls between a big non-conference opponent and the start of the ACC schedule against Clemson.

The players were saying all the right things today about avoiding the sort of letdown that seemed to plague them when they lost at Middle Tennessee State.

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"I think we're a different team now," said offensive lineman Phil Costa.

Anybody notice, by the way, what Middle Tennessee did Saturday? Its quarterback, Joe Craddock, threw for more than 300 yards in a 20-14 loss to Kentucky. Craddock completed a Hail Mary at the end of the game but the Blue Raiders' threat ended at Kentucky's 1-yard-line as time expired.

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I'm not saying this excuses Maryland's loss -– just adding some perspective, folks. Eastern Michigan, by contrast, has lost its past two games -- to Michigan State and Toledo -- by a combined score of 83-27.

Here's something I didn't know. I assumed it helped the Terps financially to be on ESPN, as they were on Saturday. But Maryland officials say ESPN pays a rights fee to the ACC for a select number of games. Maryland gets nothing extra for the number of times it's on.

This week's game, by the way, is on ESPN360.com.

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