Maryland finished 9-4 last season and returned the ACC rookie of the year at quarterback, among other key players. Maryland is 2-7 this season. The Terrapins are 19-point underdogs against Notre Dame on Saturday. The Terrapins are one of 20 teams in the country that are ineligible for a bowl game.

In Sunday’s teleconference with reporters, first-year Coach Randy Edsall said he will not panic. When asked about enduring trying seasons in the past, he referenced the challenging season he faced when he took over at Connecticut, which was then a division I-AA program.

Here’s Edsall:

“I have been through this before. I know how to handle it. I know what to do. There is no panic. It was like this the first year when we put the team together in Jacksonville . . .

“It is Connecticut all over again, 13 years ago. Jacksonville Jaguars all over again. It is going to Boston College when we were there. I have been through all of this. This is not earth-shattering. It does not have me discouraged. I have a vision of what we are going to do, and I know we are doing things the right way.”

Is it a fair comparison to equate U-Conn. 13 years ago and Maryland this season?

Your thoughts?