Maryland is in the midst of its bye week.
And that sort of thing always gets folks thinking about advantages and disadvantages.
On the one side, folks like to pull out one of my least favorite staples from the Big Bag of Sportswriters' Cliches --- momentum --- as a reason byes can be bad.
And on the other side, there's a line of thinking that preparation (another Big Bag staple, but a less offensive one) is enhanced with an extra week to work with.
The reality, of course, is it depends on the circumstances at hand at a specific time. That includes injury situation, the next opponent and a handful of minute (and sometimes simple) details that don't interest most people.
In any case, the advantages and disadvantages are dissected a bit much.
As for the results, well, here's how Maryland has done since 2001 with more than 10 days to prepare for a regular-season game:
2001: Maryland 27, @Wake Forest 20
2002: @Maryland 44, Akron 14
2002: @Maryland 34, Georgia Tech 10
2003: @Georgia Tech 7, Maryland 3
2003: @Maryland 27, Virginia 17
2004: Georgia Tech 20, @Maryland 7
2004: @Virginia Tech 55, Maryland 6
2005: Virginia Tech 28, @Maryland 9
2005: Maryland 33, @North Carolina 30 (OT)
2006: @Georgia Tech 27, Maryland 23
2007: Virginia 18, @Maryland 17
2008: @Maryland 26, Wake Forest 0
2008: @Virginia Tech 23, Maryland 13
2009: @N.C. State 38, Maryland 31
So that's 6-8, a record from which you can draw pretty much no conclusions.
Maryland is 7-3 in openers and 4-2 in bowl games under Ralph Friedgen, bumping the record in extended prep games to 17-13. When openers against Division I-AA teams in 2006, 2007 and 2008 are taken out, the record settles at 14-13.
That's nearly as average as can be achieved. So for those wondering about the bye being good or bad for Maryland this week, consider it an opportunity for players to get rest, heal from accumulated wear and tear from four weeks of camp and another month of the season and escape campus for a weekend. Beyond that, there isn't much of anything certain to come from a week without a game.