BALTIMORE — Good afternoon and Happy Labor Day from M&T Bank Stadium as the Maryland Terrapins and the U.S. Naval Academy prepare to meet for the first time since 2005.
Neither team is ranked, though the Midshipmen received votes in both the preseason AP and USA Today polls. However, this afternoon’s battle is for bragging rights in the Old Line State and will be televised on ESPN.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen begins his 10th season in College Park with an extraordinary amount of pressure to improve upon a disastrous 2-10 campaign a year ago. With the announcement coming over the weekend that Maryland has hired Kevin Anderson as its new athletic director, Friedgen will feel even more heat to start the season on a high note, something he has struggled to do over his career as Terps coach.
The Midshipmen finished a successful 10-4 season with a 35-13 victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl and returns senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs, a dynamic running threat with Heisman aspirations. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo begins his third year as coach of the Naval Academy and has compiled an 18-10 record with the Midshipmen.
As seen with our Purple Haze chats for Ravens games and the Orange Crush for the Orioles, WNST.net will bring its premier edition of the Turtle Power chat, the most exciting way to enjoy the game other than being at the stadium. Glenn Clark and I are live from M&T Bank Stadium to cover the happenings throughout the afternoon.
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3:35 p.m. — Both teams are out on the field for pre-game, the Terps dressed in red jerseys and white pants and the Midshipmen wearing white jerseys and gold pants.
This will be the 21st meeting between the in-state schools with Navy holding a 14-6 advantage in the series which started in 1905. Of course, their most recent meeting was a 23-20 victory for the Terps in 2005.