Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College Defense Leads To Win Over Maryland

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Doug Upstone

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 3:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 3:58 PM UTC

The Quick Lane Bowl brings us what everyone dreams about this time of year: spending the holidays in Detroit! OK, maybe not everyone, but that is exactly Maryland and Boston College are doing for the Dec. 26 game from Ford Field (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

This game might be a tough sell in the Detroit market, because the Big Ten team, Maryland, does not exactly have a Midwestern flavor. What this game may lack in charm, it can make up in competitiveness with the college football odds very tight at A+ rated BookMaker (a SBR readers favorite), with the Terrapins moved off a Pick to -1 and total falling to 43.5.


Boston College Wins By ...

Playing its usual great defense and generating big plays. The Eagles had to win their last two games to even become bowl eligible, which should place them in a good spot mentally. The Boston College defense finished 8th in the country holding teams to 311 yards per game. With Maryland's offense predicated on the run at 205 yards per game, it will be imperative for the Eagles' No. 7 national rush defense to take that aspect away.

BC was next to last in the country in total offense (288 YPG) and only lit up the scoreboard for 19.1 PPG. Coach Steve Addazio and his staff will have to step out of character and try and surprise the Terps with a few trick plays and win the field position battle.

 Maryland Wins By ...

Protecting quarterback Perry Hills, who has dealt with injuries throughout the season. Hills missed two games completely and played hurt in several others, but he was the main reason for his team's 4-0 start before Maryland started to crumble. Hills is an adequate passer and good runner and will have to make sure to avoid Eagles defensive end Harold Landry, who tied for first in the ACC with 15 sacks. Like Boston College, the Terps will need a couple of wrinkles in the passing game to help the potent rushing offense.

Because BC only averages 3.4 yards a carry, that should help mask Maryland's 101st-ranked run defense, and as long the secondary is aware there's no reason the Terps cannot contain an Eagles passing offense that is 121st in the country.


Motivation Levels

In terms of intensity, this should be hotly-contested. Both teams have a lot of young players and neither school is what we think of as a regular bowl participant. Also, in trying to build a little momentum towards next year, Maryland has not won bowl game since 2010 and Boston College since 2007.


What To Watch For

As we have seen in the early bowl games, run defense has played an extremely important factor in determining the winner and who covers the spread on college football picks. With how good Boston College is at stopping the run, that will matter and the Eagles will also make enough plays on offense to take this game in the Motor City.

NCAAF Free Pick: Boston College +1Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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