It's Been a Long Dark Mystics Season,
, the BCs have something to look forward to . . . the Terps
As our readers surely know by now (you do
follow Coach B
on Facebook and Twitter, don't you?), the ACC finally
released their 2012 schedule today. So that allowed the Terps to finally
release their 2011-12 schedule too.
In case you haven't put the dates in your Outlook calendar yet, you can find the complete schedule here
Notably, the ACC has added two games to the in-conference schedule this time around. For the Terps, this means more home-and-homes with some pretty tough teams.
In fact, at first look, the in-Conference portion of Maryland's schedule looked so grueling that the BCs called on our research department to do a little statistical analysis for us this afternoon. And our first impression was confirmed! If you add up the number of last season's in-Conference wins of each team's opponents, and multiply by the number of times each team must face that opponent this season, guess who has the toughest schedule in the ACC this season? (Hint: this university also has the coolest football uniforms, not only in the ACC, but in the . . . World!) If you guessed Duke, you're reading the wrong blog. Yes, of course, as our analysts discovered, the Terps-have-the-toughest-schedule. Period. That is -- collectively -- the Terps' opponents this coming season had more ACC wins last season than did the collective opponents of any other ACC team. (Did you follow that?)
While we didn't actually ask our researchers for more, you know how those spreadsheet-geeks are. They had another revelation for us: of the top 5 teams in the ACC last season, guess how their 2012 ACC schedules stack up? Duke
, who finished tied for the regular season title, get the 11th and 9th toughest schedules respectively (of 12 teams) this season. Florida State
, who finished third, has the 10th toughest schedule. And Georgia Tech
, who finished with the same record as the Terps last year, has the 12th (out of 12) toughest ACC draw. So, in summary, the Terps get the #1 toughest and the other top four teams get #11, #10, #9, #12. Hmmm.
(As a certain actor on the old Laugh-In show used to say . . . verrrry interesting
Heck, we're not complaining . . . a tough ACC schedule could be a great thing for the Terps come . . . post
But speaking of revelations, we can't help but notice that the very first team that Maryland faces this year (albeit in an exhibition) is Messiah College (PA). So, are the BCs looking forward to the coming of
the Messiah? After the Mystics' season we've lived through . . You Bet We Are! The Terps season -- and the Messiah -- can't get here soon enough for us.
(FYI, we still plan a Mystics wrap-up. But can you blame us for wanting to write about something exciting and fun for a change? We knew you'd understand.)