The Quick Lane Bowl brings us what everyone dreams about this time of year, spending the holidays in Detroit. OK, maybe not everyone, but that is exactly Maryland and Boston College are doing.
This game might be a tough sell in the Detroit market, because the Big Ten team, Maryland, does not exactly have a Midwestern flavor. What this game may lack in charm, it can make up in competitiveness with the college football odds very tight at A+ rated Bookmaker (a SBR readers favorite), with the Terrapins moved off a Pick to -1 and total falling to 43.5.
Playing usual great defense and generating big plays. The Eagles had to win last two games to even become bowl eligible, which should place in a good spot mentally. The Boston College defense finished 8th in the country holding opposing teams to 311 yards per game. With Maryland’s offense predicated on the run at 205 yards per game, it will be imperative for Eagles No.7 rush defense nationally to take that aspect away.
B.C. was next to last in the country in total offense (288 YPG) and only lit up the scoreboard for 19.1 PPG. Coach Steve Addazio and his staff will have to step out of character and try and surprise the Terps with a few trick plays and win the field position battle.
Protecting quarterback Perry Hills, who has dealt with injuries throughout the season. Hills missed two games completely and played hurt in several others, but he was main reason for 4-0 start before Maryland started to crumble. Hills is an adequate passing and good runner and will have to make sure to avoid the Eagles defensive end Harold Landry, who tied for first in the ACC with 15 sacks. Like Boston College, the Terps will need a couple wrinkles in the passing game to help the potent rushing offense.
Because B.C. only averages 3.4 yards a carry, that should help mask Maryland’s 101st ranked run defense and as long the secondary is aware, no reason they cannot contain Eagles passing offense which is listed as 121st in the country.
Motivation Level For Both Teams
In terms of intensity, this should be hotly-contested. Both teams have a lot of young players and neither is what we be thought of as a regular bowl participant. Also, in trying to build a little momentum towards next year, Maryland has not won bowl game since 2010 and Boston College since 2007.
What To Watch For and Outcome
As we have seen in the early bowl games, run defense has played an extremely important factor in determining winner and who covers the spread. With how good Boston College is stopping the run, this will matter and they make enough plays on offense to take this bowl game in the Motor City.
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Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com