Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rematch Game in Gator Bowl OK with Maryland; the Terps Routed West Virginia 34-7 Sept. 20 and the ACC Needs to Approve a League Rematch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rematch Game in Gator Bowl OK with Maryland; the Terps Routed West Virginia 34-7 Sept. 20 and the ACC Needs to Approve a League Rematch

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Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union

University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said Sunday that he "has no problem at all" with a rematch of a regular-season game against West Virginia in the Toyota Gator Bowl.

The Gator Bowl is Jan. 1 at Alltel Stadium (12:30 p.m., NBC). It matches the top Atlantic Coast Conference vs. Big East teams after the BCS bowls make their selections.

Maryland (8-3) moved into sole possession of second place in the ACC by beating North Carolina State 26-24 Saturday, and finishes the regular season at Wake Forest. West Virginia (7-4) is in a three-way tie with Miami and Pittsburgh for the Big East lead at 5-1, and plays at home against Temple (1-10, 0-6) to finish its regular season.

Miami plays at Pitt Saturday, with the winner likely clinching the Big East's BCS bowl berth. If West Virginia beats Temple and finishes in a tie for the Big East title with the Miami-Pitt winner, it likely would lose on the conference tiebreaker of taking the highest-ranked team in the final BCS rankings to the BCS bowl. Miami was 12th in last week's BCS rankings, Pitt was 25th and West Virginia was unranked, despite beating Pitt 52-31 two weeks ago.

The Terrapins routed West Virginia 34-7 Sept. 20. The Mountaineers lost to Miami 22-20 the week after, but have since won six games in a row.

Friedgen made it clear he'd welcome another game against West Virginia, especially in a New Year's Day Bowl, on national network television.

"I think we're in a very good position for the Gator Bowl and [Maryland-West Virginia] would be a great matchup," he said. "I'm sure they would like to play us again, and I think fans on both sides would like to see it. West Virginia has gotten better as the season has gone on, but we have, too."

Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett said he had conversations Sunday with Friedgen, Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow and ACC commissioner John Swofford. …

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