Maryland football will finally return to bowl eligibility under first-year coach D.J. Durkin.
The Terps will take on Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Maryland football (6-6) became bowl eligible after defeating Rutgers in their last game of the season. Boston College (also 6-6) won its last two games against Connecticut and Wake Forest. The game between the Terps and BC will be televised on ESPN.
“I’m really excited for our team, especially our seniors,” Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin said in a conference call on Sunday. “It’s a great benchmark to show where we’re at and where we’re going.”
“We are excited to be selected to play in the Quick Lane Bowl,” said Durkin. “Returning to the postseason is a big step in the upward trend of our program. I’m thrilled that our student-athletes, especially our seniors, will have the chance to play at Ford Field in Detroit and experience all of the special events that come with bowl week.”
Durkin is returning to the state of Michigan, where he coached the Michigan Wolverines defense as their coordinator.
“Very familiar with the area,” he said. “Ford Field is a great venue to have a game. Detroit has great support for football, and all the teams around there get great support. It’s a great opportunity for us and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Terps started the season at 4-0 and won five of their first seven games. Then they fell into the abyss that is the Big Ten conference, losing three straight games and playing against two top-5 teams. They had absolutely no shot against Michigan and Ohio State, but snuck into the Quick Lane Bowl.
The Eagles are ranked third in the ACC in sacks (39) and fifth in interceptions (11). Three BC defensive players were named All-ACC. Boston College is no slouch against the pass game, which the Terps don’t have anyway.
Maryland has to step their game up against Boston College and the games against the Big Ten earlier on during the season should prepare them for this matchup. The ACC isn’t even in the same galaxy as the Big Ten (at least in football). It’s time for the Terps to show their old ACC rival what they are made of.