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Maryland football still has an 88.7 % chance to make a bowl game

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The Maryland football team’s loss to Penn State might have disheartened a lot of fans, but there’s reason to take an optimistic look at the remainder of the season for the Terps.

Bill Connelly’s metrics are invaluable when evaluating any college football team. These numbers say Maryland has an 88.7 percent chance at going 6-6 or better. Those are better odds than most of us would have expected at the beginning of the season.

Still, it figures that Maryland needs to grab a win against either Minnesota this week or Michigan State or Indiana in the weeks to follow to secure a bowl bid. A win over Rutgers in the last weekend isn’t guaranteed, but that should be a game Maryland wins. The Terps are 4-1 right now, so that’s all they’d need.

In other news

Maryland’s been mixing up offensive line combinations, but coaches and players deny this is the reason for breakdowns in pass protection.

Maryland women’s soccer lost, 1-0, to Purdue Thursday night.

Baltimore guard Darryl Morsell released his top three following Bruno Fernando’s commitment. Maryland’s in it.

The Daily Gopher helps us preview Minnesota.

Maryland Madness is tonight. The Maryland volleyball team kicks things off at 6 p.m. against Iowa.

Maryland basketball added some important pets this offseason.

Three takeaways from Maryland’s appearance at Big Ten media day, by Roman Stubbs.

Here’s Melo Trimble and Damonte Dodd at Big Ten media day: