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2016 Quick Lane Bowl, BC vs. Maryland Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

Quick Lane Bowl Prediction, Boston College vs. Maryland Game Preview, History, Scores


Three reasons why you should watch the Quick Lane Bowl between Boston College (6-6) vs. Maryland (6-6), why each team might win, honest thoughts, line and prediction.


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Date: Monday, December 26
Game Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Network: ESPN

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The Bowl Matchup Ranking Of Awesomeness (1 best-40 worst): 34 out of 40

Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Quick Lane Bowl

Yeah, it’s Detroit, and yeah, it’s Boston College vs. Maryland, but this has been a very, very good bowl over the years. Eight of the last nine have been decided by a touchdown or less, and while the MAC is usually involved – and it brings the A effort – this is a decent mid-level Big Ten vs. ACC challenge. Really.

This matters for the future of both programs. It’s been a rough run for Boston College – going all of last year without an ACC win – but a bowl victory and a winning season would do wonders for the Steve Addazio era. Meanwhile, D.J. Durkin can use this, closing out his first season at Maryland with a bang. It was a rough second half of the season, but that can all be forgotten about – sort of – with a win.

This matters for the present for both programs. Players don’t care about what happened ten minutes ago, much less several seasons ago, but they’re all going to hear about their respective program’s bowl futility. Boston College used to own the bowl season, winning eight straight and ten of 11 from 1993 to 2007, but now it’s on a five-game losing streak. Maryland was terrific for a stretch, winning five in six, and then it lost two straight.

Here’s Why Boston College Will Win The Quick Lane Bowl

The defense is phenomenal against miserable offensive teams. Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and Louisville combined to score 202 points on a defense that finished eighth in the nation. That shows just how terrific the D was against just about everyone else. The Terp ground game won’t go anywhere on this defensive front.

Eagle DE Harold Landry is worth the price of admission. The All-America caliber BC pass rusher came up with 47 tackles, 15 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss with seven forced fumbles. He’s a one-man wrecking crew at times. Oh, by the way, Maryland gave up 41 sacks on the year.

Maryland can’t covert a third down play. 1-for-15. That’s what the Terps did in the blowout loss to Ohio State, and it closed out the year converting just 9-of-43 chances. Boston College’s woeful offense needs the ball, the team needs to control the clock, and the defense that was 12th in the nation in third down stops has to be amazing. It all should happen. However …

Here’s Why Maryland Will Win The Quick Lane Bowl

Score early, and this sucker is over. Maryland is miserable on third downs, and Boston College is awful, too. The offense doesn’t get into position to quickly and easily move the chains, struggling on way too many key plays to keep things moving. Throw in the poor punting game, and Eagles should lose the field position battle in a big way.

Yeah, that BC offense really doesn’t work. There’s no running game, less of a passing attack, and scoring at times is like pulling teeth, scoring 17 points or fewer six times. The Maryland defense might not be anything special – one saving grace for the Eagles is how bad the Terp D is on third downs – but the secondary has been solid. BC won’t throw the ball a lick.

Don’t lose the turnover battle, don’t lose the game. Turnovers were the biggest issue throughout last year, and that was Durkin’s first job to try turning things around. It worked great to start the year with no giveaways in the first three games, but the defense didn’t come up with takeaways late with just one over the final five games. However, Maryland is 5-0 this year when it didn’t lose the turnover margin, an 1-6 when it did. On the down side, BC didn’t lose the turnover margin in the last six games.

You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Quick Lane Bowl

Maybe two negatives equal a positive. Neither offense cranks out first downs – Boston College is last in the nation, and Maryland isn’t a whole lot better – but these two are equally bad. It could make for a close, tight game that might be interesting late.

Not to dog Detroit, but in terms of bowl destinations … there are dreamier options for the day after Christmas. The bowl is ideal for directional MAC teams and Big Ten schools within driving distance. Maryland and Boston College? The bowl will make this fun, and the game should be close.

The Patrick Towles saga. The former Kentucky Wildcat quarterback will finish out his career with a bang, but he has to come up with a big game for the Eagles. He’s hot and cold, completing 3-of-14 passes against Florida State, and followed it up with a 14-of-19 effort against UConn. He hit 4-of-14 passes against Syracuse in a loss, and followed it up with an 18-of-33 day against NC State in the win. Needless to say – but saying it anyway – BC needs the good Towles to show up.

Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Quick Lane Bowl?

The Boston College defense will be better in a slugfest.

Yeah, the Eagle offense was a problem throughout the season, but the Terp O was a disaster late in the year scoring 13 points in a three-game stretch against Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska. BC isn’t as good as any of those three teams, but the D will rise up just enough to stone the Terp ground game. The Maryland defense will lose the war of attrition.

Final Score

Boston College 20, Maryland 17

Line

Maryland -1, o/u: 43.5

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Quick Lane Bowl Game History, Results

Dec. 28, 2015 Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14
Dec. 26, 2014 Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21
Dec. 26, 2013 Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27
Dec. 26, 2012 Central Michigan 24 Western Kentucky 21
Dec. 27, 2011 Purdue 37 Western Michigan 32
Dec. 26, 2010 FIU 34 Toledo 32
Dec. 26, 2009 Marshall 21 Ohio 17
Dec. 26, 2008 FAU 24 Central Michigan 21
Dec. 26, 2007 Purdue 51 Central Michigan 48
Dec. 26, 2006 Central Michigan 31 Middle Tennessee 14
Dec. 26, 2005 Memphis 38 Akron 31
Dec. 27, 2004 Connecticut 39 Toledo 10
Dec. 26, 2003 Bowling Green 28 Northwestern 24
Dec. 26, 2002 Boston College 51 Toledo 25
Dec. 29, 2001 Toledo 23 Cincinnati 16
Dec. 27, 2000 Marshall 25 Cincinnati 14
Dec. 27, 1999 Marshall 21 BYU 3
Dec. 23, 1998 Marshall 48 Louisville 29
Dec. 26, 1997 Mississippi 34 Marshall 31