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Previewing Maryland football's 2019 schedule

Previewing Maryland football's 2019 schedule

The on-field results of Maryland football's 2018 season were overshadowed by a ton of off-field issues.

On the field, though, it was, in many ways, similar to the 2017 season. The Terps opened with an inspiring win against No. 23 Texas at FedEx Field, faltered against a Group of 5 opponent, handled lesser opponents, struggled against better ones and lost their starting quarterback to injury. After the Texas game, the most exciting moment of Maryland's season was actually an overtime loss at home to then-No. 10 Ohio State.

In the Big Ten East, there will never be a shortage of high-quality opponents to play. Luckily for the Terps, the out-of-conference slate of games looks a bit easier this year than each of the last two. Howard replaces Towson and Syracuse replaces Texas as Maryland's Power 5 opponent. The Terps do travel to Temple this year after the Owls dominated in College Park, but will face a different head coach in Rod Carey.

Maryland's crossover matchups with the Big Ten West include trips to Purdue and Minnesota, while Nebraska comes to College Park in late November. The Terps avoid the hardest part of their shedule until the last month of the season, when meetings with Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State loom.

Here's Maryland football's 2019 schedule in its entirety:

Week 1, August 31, noon: Howard Bison

Week 2, September 7, noon: Syracuse Orange

Week 3, September 14, noon: at Temple Owls

Week 4, BYE

Week 5, September 27 (FRI), 8:00 p.m.: Penn State

Week 6, October 5, TBD: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Week 7, October 12, noon: Purdue Boilermakers

Week 8, October 19, TBD: Indiana Hoosiers

Week 9, October 26, TBD: at Minnesota Golden Gophers

Week 10, November 2, noon: Michigan Wolverines

Week 11, November 9, TBD: at Ohio State Buckeyes

Week 12, BYE

Week 13, November 23, TBD: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Week 14, November 30, TBD: at Michigan State

Notre Dame at Wake Forest: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Notre Dame at Wake Forest: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Fighting Irish (18-10, 9-8) ride a three-game winning streak into Winston-Salem for a matchup against the Demon Deacons (12-15, 5-12) on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Brey's squad has been rolling as of late, collecting three straight conference wins with victories over Boston College, Miami, and UNC.

The Irish take on a Wake Forest squad that pulled-off an incredible upset win over (7) Duke on Tuesday night, taking down the Blue Devils 113-101. The Demon Deacons were led by their seven-foot junior, Olivier Sarr, who scored 25 points in just 30 minutes of play.

Here's everything you need to know before the two conference rivals square off on NBC Sports Washington.

Notre Dame at Wake Forest: How to Watch

Who: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-10, 9-8) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-15, 5-12)
What: ACC basketball on NBC Sports Washington
When: Saturday, February 29, 4 p.m. ET 
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
TV Channel: You can watch Notre Dame at Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

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An impressive record still has the Liberty Flames in a must-win spot to make March Madness

An impressive record still has the Liberty Flames in a must-win spot to make March Madness

When one looks at the best records in college basketball, the first teams that come to mind are the ones around the No. 1 seed conversation: Gonzaga, San Diego State, Dayton, Kansas, etc. One team that is a surprising outlier? The Liberty Flames. 

Liberty has quietly amassed a 27-3 record for the 5th best record in college basketball as of this writing.  They’ve rolled through their season with their only losses coming on the road at LSU, North Florida and Stetson. 

But in the Atlantic Sun, they have struggled to put together a quality resume that would give them a favorable seed in the NCAA Tournament. While the win total is impressive, a small number are considered relatively good. Only two games are rated as a Quadrant 1 or 2 opportunity – where they went 1-1 – the remaining 25 are in Q3 and Q4. 

When the NCAA eliminated the RPI as a metric to determine the NCAA Tournament field, the Quadrant system was implemented to rank the quality of games based on the opponent and where the game was played. And in the committee’s eyes, Liberty does not meet the standards to solidly be in the NCAA Tournament. 

Bracketologists are unified though in their analysis of the Flames. They’re one of the best teams from a single-bid conference and are currently on the No. 12 seed line. With that being the current positioning of the bubble, many teams will have an interest in how the Flames finish the season. 

Liberty will instantly pop in the bubble conversation if they lose in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Likely, they probably won’t make it to the big dance if they get another loss to an Atlantic Sun team. But it will make other teams sweat for the final two weeks. To solidify their spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Liberty will have to win the A-Sun tournament.

They run a style similar to Virginia. A focus on defensive effort and limited possessions for the opposition. Their offense is balanced more efficiently than last season as they have three scorers averaging more than 10 points a game. 

They don’t match up well against many teams in the country. Last year they proved it by upsetting Mississippi State in a No. 5 vs. No. 12 contest. Power 5 teams won’t want to see this team on their side of the bracket this year either. 

It's not out of the question that the Flames could lose somewhere in their conference tournament. If they do, they'll have an automatic qualifier for the NIT. 

Liberty Flames Resume

Record: 27-3 
NET: 47
KenPom: 57
BPI: 40
Average Seed: 12
Q1 Record: 0-1
Q2 Record: 1-0
Q3 Record: 4-1
Q4 Record: 20-1
Best win: Akron -neutral site (NET: 79)
Worst loss: @ Stetson (NET: 304)
Remaining Schedule: Atlantic Sun Tournament

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