One of Ralph Friedgen's motivational ploys last August was to place the number "21" on the video screens in the lobby of the Maryland team house.
Not-so-coincidentally, California hovered around a 21-point favorite over the Terrapins in the season opener.
That didn't work out so well for the Fridge, whose team was trounced 52-13 in its trip to the Left Coast.
So it's probably safe to say "7" won't pop up this summer heading into Maryland's opening date with Navy. But that is the current line (for informational purposes only, naturally) favoring the Midshipmen from one sports book in Las Vegas that is tracked at the site on the other side of this link.
Based on the results from last year, that sounds about right for the folks on the Strip. But it is interesting that it would be one of the 15 largest spreads in favor of Navy against a member of a power conference (or its predecessors, so the Southwest Conference is technically in play here) the Mids have enjoyed in the last 20 years if that number holds up.
Courtesy of Philsteele.com:
19.5: Rutgers, 1997 (W, 36-7)
14: at Wake Forest, 1996 (W, 47-18)
14: at Rutgers, 1999 (W, 34-7)
14: Duke, 2007 (W, 46-43)
13: Temple, 1997 (W, 49-17)
11: at Duke, 1997 (L, 26-17)
10.5: Rutgers, 1998 (L, 36-33)
10.5: Temple, 2000 (L, 17-6)
10: at Duke, 2006 (W, 38-13)
9: Duke, 1996 (W, 64-27)
8.5: Vanderbilt, 2004 (W, 29-26)
7.5: Rutgers, 2000 (L, 28-21)
7: Duke, 2004 (W, 27-12)
That covers a lot of bad Duke and Rutgers teams.
Oh, one other thing: Maryland was a 12 1/2-point favorite heading into the teams' last meeting, a 23-20 victory for the Terrapins in 2005.