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How Crucial Will The Maryland Game Be For Boston College? (Hint: HUGE)

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In our never ending quest to keep this offseason interesting, the crew of BC Interruption continue to look at BC's opponents on the 2011 schedule. This week, we'll take a closer look at the Maryland Terrapins.

After 11 months of intensive therapy, I am finally ready to face my demons and talk about the 2010 Terrapins-Eagles game. Maryland last season defeated BC 24-21 in one of the more frustrating games for the Eagles. Danny O'Brien had a solid game against BC throwing for 182 yards and three TD passes to Torrey Smith, Kerry Boykins and Ronnie Tyler. BC started slow with some bad interceptions by Chase Rettig, but came on strong at the end, but a series of dropped passes -- and a game-ending drop by Shakim Phillips -- put the nail in the coffin.

For those of you who have lived in a bubble and missed the end of Maryland's season, let's look at how 2010 ended for them:

With a huge win that eliminated N.C. State from ACC Championship Game contention, Maryland represented the ACC in the Military Bowl where they trounced BC pariah Dominique Davis and the East Carolina Pirates 52-10.  Watching Davis get torched by an ACC defense gave me a little schaudenfreude. The bigger news was that a week prior to the game, Maryland AD Kevin Anderson announced that Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen's contract was gong to be terminated after the bowl game. For many this news didn't make much sense especially after Fridge turned a 2-10 team to 9-4 in the span of a season.

With Fridge departing, Maryland went out and hired Randy Edsall, fresh off an improbable BCS bid followed by an epic embarrassment at the hands of Oklahoma.

Maryland's offense will look a bit different in 2011. QB Danny O'Brien lost his two biggest receivers -- Torrey Smith (NFL draft) and Adrian Cannon (graduation) -- and Da'Rel Scott was drafted by the New York football Giants. 

Maryland is going to be a huge game for Boston College. The BC-Maryland game falls right in the middle of BC's vicious October, right after games between Virginia Tech and Clemson, and right before the Thursday Night battle with FSU. The Maryland game might be a must win game for the Eagles if they play sloppy in October and lose to both the Tigers and Hokies. And as we saw last week, most media members are expecting Maryland and BC to be neck and neck in the middle of the Atlantic Division. If BC starts off strong, the importance of this game may lessen, but if they drop games to Clemson and Virginia Tech, this game could determine if the Eagles will be bowling.

Later this week we will talk with the writers over at the Testudo Times about Maryland's 2011 season and the big BC-Maryland game in College Park.