November 1, 2007

Terps-UNC preview

From the moment Maryland's schedule was released, the Terps knew they would need to win in Chapel Hill.

There won't be the ACC championship implications Maryland hoped for in August, but Saturday's game is as important as any the team has played this season.

The Terps, plagued by injuries and a pair of heartbreaking last second losses, have altered their goals but any realistic chance of earning a bowl trip is dependent on beating the Tar Heels, which would push the team's win total to five, one short of eligibility.

The Series: North Carolina leads 35-31-1. The Terps won the last meeting, a 33-30 overtime game in Chapel Hill, in 2005.

What You Need To Know About North Carolina

First-year coach Butch Davis has wasted no time implementing his rebuilding plan, thrusting his talented young players into the ACC crucible. As a result, the Tar Heels are among the nation's youngest teams, starting up to six freshmen on defense and three on offense.

With that youth has come the expected growing pains for the 2-6 Tar Heels, but included among North Carolina's defeats are four by seven points or less. The Tar Heels have been decidedly better at home, going 2-2 and beating Miami. North Carolina's two home losses - to Virginia and South Carolina - have come by a combined eight points.

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