Bowl Picks: 2016 Quick Lane Bowl
[lead align=”default”]Old rivalries are new again as the ACC of years ago gets back together in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl.[/lead]
Boston College and Maryland had some great battles in both football and basketball when both were in the ACC. The Eagles joined the conference from the now-deceased Big East in 2005, while Maryland jumped ship for the Big Ten in 2014. This will be their first football meeting since the Terps went B1G.
As power conference games go, this isn’t amongst the most thrilling, but it could be close to even. Boston College is having another good defensive year, though not as good as it was last year. Florida State, Louisville, and Clemson all did unspeakable things to this team. Nevertheless, they squeaked in at 6-6 and now have a chance to get a bowl win under Steve Addazio. This program used to not only make bowls annually, but win them. Now, they’re going on nine years since their last victory.
Maryland looked early on like they could have done better than 6-6 this year, but ran into a few snags late. Prior to beating Rutgers, which made them bowl-eligible, they had lost six of seven. The Scarlet Knights gave the gift of bowl games to their Big Ten brothers.
2016 Quick Lane Bowl: Team Backgrounds
Boston College Eagles
Atlantic Coast Conference
6-6 (2-6 ACC)
25th bowl appearance in school history (13-11)
Best win: at NC State, 21-14 on October 29
Worst loss: at Virginia Tech, 49-0 on September 17
One stat: #8 nationally in total defense with 310 yards allowed per game
Big Ten Conference
6-6 (3-6 Big Ten)
27th bowl appearance in school history (11-13-2)
Best win: at UCF, 30-24 (2OT) on September 17
Worst loss: at Ohio State, 62-3 on November 12
One stat: Most sacks allowed in Big Ten this season (41)
2016 Quick Lane Bowl: The Edge
Boston College can at least say for themselves that they have some defense. I’m not really sure what Maryland’s good at except mediocrity. The Eagles have one of the bess pass rushes in the nation, and Maryland is putting quarterback Perry Hills on his fanny regularly. That could be the difference here.
Boston College can’t move the ball to save their lives, but with their defense and Maryland’s own problems, the Terps might not, either. This figures to be a low-scoring game involving two average to below-average teams.
2016 Quick Lane Bowl: Pick
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