Maryland kicks off the Big Ten bowl season when it meets Boston College on Monday afternoon in the Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit’s Ford Field.
The former ACC rivals are meeting for the first time since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014. Boston College leads the overall series 8-3 and has won the last three meetings. This is also a matchup of teams that have bounced back from 3-win seasons in 2015 to earn their third bowl appearances in the last four seasons.
Maryland (6-6) is seeking its first bowl win since 2010 — a 51-20 victory against East Carolina in the Military Bowl. Boston College (6-6) has lost its last five bowl games since beating another Big Ten school, Michigan State, 24-21 in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Quick Lane Bowl:
Maryland vs. Boston College game time, details
Time: 2:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff
Date: Monday, Dec. 26
Location: Ford Field, Detroit.
The line: Maryland is favored by 2 points
What TV channel/radio station is Maryland vs. Boston College on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Maryland vs. Boston College online?
Who is calling the game?
Mark Neely will provide play-by-play for ESPN with analyst Ray Bentley and reporter Alex Corddry.
Strength vs. strength
Maryland is averaging 205.5 yards rushing per game, third in the Big Ten and 39th nationally, but Boston College is allowing just 106.8 yards per game on the ground — eighth-best in the nation. Terrapins sophomore RB Ty Johnson leads Maryland with 845 yards rushing and 8.9 yards per carry. Maryland will use multiple backs in its run-first approach. The Terrapins had fewer than 36 rushing attempts in just one game this season, while attempting that many passes just once.
While Boston College has been stout against the run, it has allowed more than 200 yards passing a game and 26 touchdown passes. Maryland senior QB Perry Hills has been efficient when asked to throw the ball, completing 66 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. Boston College has 39 sacks this season, tied for 11th in the nation.
Who wins turnover battle?
Maryland has a minus-5 turnover margin, Boston College is at plus-5. That’s a big advantage for the Eagles, who have forced at least 3 turnovers in six games. They are 4-2 in those games. The Terps are 5-0 when they don’t commit more turnovers than their opponents. But they have forced just 10 turnovers defensively all season, tied for the fourth-worst mark in the nation.
Finishing on a positive note
Boston College needed to win its final two games to become bowl eligible. Maryland got off to a 5-2 start before a 4-game losing streak forced the Terrapins into a must-win regular-season finale against Rutgers. To each team’s credit, they responded with the wins they needed to get. First-year coach DJ Durkin has Maryland headed in the right direction and capping off this season with bowl victory would only help build for the future. Durkin started eight different freshmen this season but Boston College head coach Steve Addazio has just 17 seniors/graduate students on his squad. These are both young teams that were better than expected this season.