Quick Lane Bowl Preview
Maryland Terrapins vs Boston College Eagles
Former ACC Atlantic foes Boston College and Maryland meet for the first time since 2013 for the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit(Enter Contest). Both teams experienced a three-game improvement in the win column after disappointing 3-9 campaigns last fall. New coach D.J. Durkin was a big reason why Maryland finished 6-6, and the bowl appearance is the first building block in helping the program take a step forward in the rugged Big Ten East. After struggling mightily with turnovers (-18 margin), the Terrapins improved that total to minus-five in 2016. The ground game is the strength of Maryland’s offense, with sophomore Ty Johnson (845 yards) leading the way. Boston College ranks last in the ACC in scoring (19.1 ppg), but coach Steve Addazio’s team is strong on defense once again. The Eagles allow only 5.1 yards per play and 24.6 points per contest. End Harold Landry (15 sacks) is an underrated star for the Eagles.
ABOUT MARYLAND (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten)
Perhaps a full month off between games will help senior quarterback Perry Hills recover from persistent shoulder issues that caused him to miss two games and leave four others early this season. Hills completed 66 percent of his passes and had 10 TDs against three interceptions when in there. He helped the Terrapins to a 5-1 record in games he was able to start and finish.
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (6-6, 2-6 ACC)
Junior defensive end Harold Landry leads the way for Addazio’s defense and is up for many postseason honors after tying for the FBS lead with 15 sacks and ranking third with 20.5 tackles for loss. The nation’s 127th-ranked offense did just enough in the two-game winning streak to end the regular season, as senior quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 257 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. He is one of four players with at least 200 rushing yards but the Eagles average just 3.4 yards per attempt, 117th in the country. Boston College owns an 8-3 all-time series record advantage versus the Maryland.