Both teams are 6-6 this season but have sputtered down the stretch to varying extents. Boston College has won two straight games yet has lost four of its past seven, while Maryland snapped a four-game skid in its most recent game against Rutgers but has dropped six of the last eight. The Terrapins are making their third bowl appearance in the last four years and 27th all-time, with an 11-13-2 record. The Eagles, who boast the seventh-ranked defense in the country, are 13-11 all-time in bowl games.
Players to watch
Maryland running back Ty Johnson has received just 95 carries but is averaging 8.9 yards per rush – the second-highest mark in the nation. Johnson’s long run of the season was 76 yards and he also has a 66-yard receiving touchdown this season, with five total touchdowns.
Quarterback Patrick Towles hasn’t set the world on fire this year for the Eagles, but he has nonetheless been in the middle of the action. Towles has thrown 251 passes and completed 128 for 1,579 passing yards, with 10 touchdowns and six picks. He has the second-most carries on the team, with 103, and while averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, he has four rushing scores.
Maryland has been outscored by an average of 3.6 points per game this season; Boston College, by 5.5.
Eagles running back Jon Hilliman has a team-high 463 rushing yards, but he is averaging just 3.0 yards per attempt.
Terps running back Lorenzo Harrison has been almost as dynamic as Johnson, averaging 7.2 yards per carry a team-leading five rushing touchdowns.
Boston College has been much stingier on defense this season: the Eagles allow 106.9 rushing yards and 106.9 passing yards per game, while the Terps yield 217.9 and 215.8 yards, respectively.
The Terrapins have four quarterbacks with at least 33 pass attempts this season.
Maryland is averaging 379.5 total yards of offense per game, while BC is at 288.3.
Boston College leads the all-time series, 8-3, including victories in the past three meetings.