We break down the Georgetown game - and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.
Like many college football fans, I was surprised to see Maryland start out the season strong with a 3-1 record.
Their lopsided loss to Ohio State has taken some of the shine of the Terps early season, but if they can scrape three more wins against the likes of Northwestern, Indiana and Rutgers, they could be looking at a bowl bid and a successful, surprising season. (After the game this weekend, Maryland takes on Northwestern at 3:30 PM on ESPN2, incidentally.)
It's easy to pull for the Terps if you're a Georgetown or Lehigh fan.
First, former Lehigh head coach Pete Lembo is special teams coordinator, tight ends coach and assistant head coach to Maryland skipper D.J. Durkin. Lembo, a former Georgetown lineman, was head coach from 2001-2005, going 44-14 over that stretch and leading the Mountain Hawks to two Patriot League championships in 2001 and 2004. He happened to also be skipper during Lehigh's last two home FCS playoff games at Murray Goodman Stadium as well: vs. Hofstra (2001, Win) and vs. James Madison (2004, Loss).
The second reason to pull for the Terps, though, is their kicker.
Terps PK Henry Darmstadter was recently profiled in The Washington Post as having taken a very unlikely path to Big 10 football: through a three year football odyssey with Georgetown.
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