Maryland football’s opponent in the Quick Lane Bowl is a familiar one.
The Terps and the Boston College Eagles have played 11 times, with Maryland bringing home the win in only three of those games. The teams were together in the ACC from 2005 to 2013, so nine of those games were in that stretch.
BC and Maryland are in similar spots entering this postseason matchup, as both teams are 6-6 after going 3-9 last season. The Eagles had a slightly worse time than Maryland did, going winless in conference play in 2015. But they turned things around slightly this season, beating Wake Forest in their regular season finale to clinch bowl eligibility.
We’ll have a bigger preview closer to the game, but until then, here’s a quick look at what you can expect from Boston College:
A close matchup for Maryland
The Eagles are 88th in S&P+, which puts them literally right behind the No. 87 Terps. This game will be a matchup of two of the lowest-rated bowl-eligible Power 5 teams, and BC looks like it could pose some serious trouble. S&P+ has this game as a complete draw, giving each side a 50 percent chance of winning.
A dominant defense
Boston College comes into this Quick Lane Bowl with S&P+’s 21st-best defense. The Eagles are particularly stout against the run, where linebackers Connor Strachan (55 tackles, 10 for loss including 3.5 sacks) and Matt Milano (47.5 tackles, 9.5 for loss including 5 sacks) have helped power them to the sixth-best rushing defense in the country. They’re 40th against the pass, a more modest number, but that could still spell trouble for a Maryland team that thrives off its ground game.
A complete lack of offense
The flipside of that awesome defense is that BC has the fourth-worst offense in the nation, according to S&P+. The Eagles seem unable to pass or run the ball, coming in with the No. 123 rushing attack and No. 117 passing game in the country, per S&P+. That’s a shockingly bad combination. Their offensive line doesn’t seem to give sophomore running back Jon Hillman many opportunities, and senior transfer quarterback Patrick Towles, (completion percentage of 51, 5.2 yards per attempt) hasn’t been efficient while he’s been running away from opposing defenses (he’s been sacked 22 times).
The Terps take on the Eagles at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26. We’ll have plenty of coverage leading up to the game, so stay tuned.
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