Seriously, Go 'Over' In Ugly Maryland-Boston College Quick Lane Bowl

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:18 AM GMT

The Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl from Detroit features two of the worst offenses in the country, yet Maryland and Boston College actually pique our interest with a free college football pick that may surprise you. 

Why, it's almost like we're back in the old ACC days when looking at the matchup for the Quick Lane Bowl where the Terrapins and Eagles renew their rivalry from short-lived days as conference foes.

This one might be the best way to spend the afternoon on Boxing Day or it could get real boring. Kickoff is a little past 2:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 (ESPN) from Ford Field in Motown. Think about it: you'll be worn out from all of the Christmas hoopla, the college hoops card is Deadsville and the Monday Night Football game features the Dallas Cowgirls against the Detroit Puddycats, so why bother wasting your time there?

Besides, this is one of the tightest bowl matchups as far as the spread goes, pretty much what you'd expect with a couple of 6-6 teams. 5Dimes has Maryland -1, right where the Terps started at the top-rated sportsbook. The total has taken a small dip since the opener, now at 43½ to make it one of the lowest scoreboard barriers this bowl season.

Two Anemic Offenses Tangle

Maryland (6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS) got its sixth win for bowl eligibility in the regular-season finale, the 31-13 victory over Rutgers as 15½-point chalk on the college football odds board snapping a string of four consecutive losses both on the gridiron and at the window for the Terps. First-year coach DJ Durkin's guys really only played two solid games all season, a 50-7 win over Purdue and a 28-17 upset of Michigan State, both of those in College Park.

Boston College (6-6 SU, 5-6 ATS) didn't exactly tear it up, either, with the Eagles also getting their sixth win for a bowl invite in the finale, and one of those six wins came against FBS school Wagner at the end of September. A combination of solid defense (8th nationally allowing 310 ypg) and a pathetic offense (127th at 288 ypg) made Steve Addazio's squad a good 'under' bet, with eight of the dozen failing to reach totals with four games closing in the 30s (1-3 O/U).

Eagles Look For 4th Straight W In Series

These schools played and split a home-and-home series back in the mid '80s, then didn't face each other again until Boston College joined the ACC beginning with the 2005 season. Nine games then followed before Maryland bailed to join the Big Ten, the Eagles winning the last three ACC clashes to build an 8-3 overall record in the series.

We've got a roof, so no weather concerns which is good since the long-range forecast is for snow in Motown on Dec. 26.

Maryland was a losing bet when traveling outside of College Park, cashing just once in six tries. That hasn't stopped the money coming in on the Terrapins, with public wagers backing them about 2:1. There's also a slight favoritism for the 'under,' both teams checking in 4-8 O/U with team totals from game-to-game. These really are two bottom-of-the-pond feeders on offense, and yet I'm in a contrarian mood for my free college football pick. Season record: 25-23-3 (+0.40).

NCAAF Free Pick: 'Over' 43.5

Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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