Welcome to The Hot Seat, where each week we will preview a game that could make a coach's season or maybe end his tenure. This week, we head to the ACC, where Virginia's visit to Maryland could be a defining moment for both coaches.
How do you respond the week after losing 63-0? Virginia's Mike London wants Maryland to answer that question with "poorly."
London's Cavaliers enter Saturday's game against the Terrapins at 2-3 and off a 21 point home loss to Ball State, yet are only a seven point underdog. That loss probably has something to do with it, as we're now scrambling to figure out if Maryland is closer to the team that blew out West Virginia or lost to Florida State.
If the answer is the latter, that could spell trouble for Randy Edsall, Maryland's coach. Many teams have bounced back from road blowouts, and Maryland could be favored the rest of the way outside of games against Clemson and Virginia Tech. That's if they win Saturday. A home loss could trigger Maryland flashbacks to 2011, when the Terps lost eight straight to end the season.
A Maryland win would push Virginia to a fourth loss and bowl eligibility a slim probability with Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech all still on the schedule. After a win against BYU to open the season, losses to Oregon and Pitt could be expected. But if Ball State turns into the catalyst for a third bowl-less season in four years for London. Is that acceptable in Charlottesville?