Terps are bowl eligible but what's next?
Matchup: Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at Maryland (6-4, 2-4 ACC)
Date: Nov. 23, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Spread: Boston College (-1.0)
THREE-POINT STANCE: THREE KEYS TO WATCH
- Maryland already knows that Boston College running back Andre Williams puts up “video game-type numbers” and they said as much during media availability this week. He’s a powerful back who will be the center of the offense on Saturday, the type of player that a defense will not stop but rather only hope to contain.
He racked up an incredible 339 yards on the ground--by himself--last week against NC State. Can Maryland keep him under 200 yards? Their ability to do so might have taken a major hit when it was revealed that starting linebacker Cole Farrand had been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said quarterback C.J. Brown was “the healthiest he had been since the Florida State game” last week against Virginia Tech and it showed. Though designed runs weren’t working for him, his ability to scramble when the defense turned its back to him in man coverage made the difference.
Brown’s 122 yards were the most since Maryland’s Week 3 win over Connecticut. Look for him to try to exploit the same kind of weaknesses against Boston College, which should help a depleted receiving corps.
- Speaking of depleted receiving corps, Maryland will be with five--yes, five--wide receivers against Boston College. Stefon Diggs and Deon Long remain out for the season after undergoing surgeries to repair broken legs. Tyrek Cheeseboro remains out with a concussion. Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Ricardo Young is out with a head injury and DeAndre Lane is out with a hamstring injury.
WHAT'S ON THE LINE?
With the guarantee of a bowl now in their hands after the big win over Virginia Tech last weekend, it’s all about bowl positioning now. The Military Bowl looks like the most likely destination right now for the Terrapins, just a bit to the east of College Park, but others including the Music City Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Advocare V100 Bowl have been mentioned as possibilities.
Regardless, Maryland has the opportunity to finish 8-4 and if they win their two final games, which would be astounding for a team that suffered so many injuries and was so close to the edge of the cliff when sitting at 5-4.
FULL INJURY REPORT
DB Milan Collins | Ankle | Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil | Upper Body | Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs | Leg | Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney | Knee | Out for the season
WR Deon Long | Leg | Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle | Shoulder | Out for the season
DL Mike Minter | Knee | Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara | Shoulder | Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker | Knee | Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro | Head| Out
LB Cole Farrand | Shoulder | Out
WR DeAndre Lane | Hamstring | Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson | Toe | Out
LS Greg Parcher | Abdomen | Out
OL Maurice Shelton | Knee | Out
WR Ricardo Young | Head | Out
TE Dave Stinebaugh | Knee | Probable
LB Alex Twine | Shoulder | Probable