Every team in the ACC has a couple games they wish they had back from 2012. Whether they didn’t bring their A-game, or the other guys just got lucky, every school would love another shot at an opponent, for the ability to prove it won’t happen again. Luckily, because of conference play and parity in the ACC, many will get a chance at redemption immediately, with rematches already on the books for 2013.
As part of our 2013 college football season preview, we’ll be running through the biggest “payback” games for each school. As no team finished with just one loss, there are likely multiple choices for each — none more “right’ than another, necessarily. Still, every selection should help provide some extra motivation for fans as they gear up for this season’s slate of games.
Team: Maryland Terrapins
Opponent: Boston College Eagles
Last Year: Loss, 20-17 at Boston College
This Year: November 23, vs. Boston College
Not yet starting a linebacker at quarterback, the Terrapins had seemingly made every effort possible to win this game last year. Roaring back from down 13-0, Maryland found themselves with a 17-13 lead against the hapless Eagles offense with just minutes left on the clock. Quarterback Caleb Rowe had performed admirably, completing 23 passes for 240 yards and two scores, though it would be the glaring three interceptions that ultimately killed the Terps chances. In particular, the last one, which came just one play after BC scored to take a 20-17 lead, sealing the loss.
Again, Maryland put themselves in position to win this game. They’d outgained BC by 40 total yards on offense, were even in the turnover battle (until that final pick, anyway), and were even more effective converting on both third and fourth downs. But that’s the difference between a “promising young team” and a “struggling, inexperienced team.” The ones that are ready to make that leap finish the job. The ones who need more time to figure things out drop the ball late. So are the Terps ready to finish the job this year?