For the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl free pick it’s the Maryland Terrapins vs. Boston College Eagles. The Terrapins did a good job this season in rebounding from last year’s 3-9 mark and generating a season where they went even and earned bowl bid. The Eagles are a young team that has been working hard to take down a bowl victory. That’s something they have not done since 2007.
The Maryland Terrapins (6-6 Overall, 3-6 Big Ten Conference) had a tough schedule and tough go of it in their conference. They played three nationally ranked teams straight and lost every game. The Terrapins finished the season with a 31-13 win over Rutgers. Maryland ended up fifth in the Big Ten East.
For the Boston College Eagles (6-6 Overall, 2-6 Atlantic Coastal Conference), it’s been a rough season in the ACC. They finished last in the Atlantic Division. Still, they managed two late-season wins, beating Connecticut 30-0 and Wake Forest 17-14.
The Terrapins, who have been averaging 25.4 PPG, have QB Perry Hills (66.0 COMP%, 10 TDs, 3 INTs) running their offense. His top pass catcher is WR D.J. Moore (38 REC, 597 YDs. 15.7 AVG. 6 TDs). Four different rushers have a total of 17 TDs. Ty Johnson (95 ATT, 845 YDs. 8.9 AVG. 4 TDs) and Lorenzo Harrison (88 ATT, 633 YDs, 7.2 AVG, 5 TD) will share running duties. The frontline has given up 41 sacks.
Maryland is allowing 29.0 PPG. They come to the field with 33 sacks, 78 TFL, and four interceptions. They’ve also forced seven fumbles, have 14 QB hurries, and 39 PD. The skinny is this is a fairly weak defense.
Boston College Eagles
It’s no secret that Boston College has a tough time generating offense. The Eagles are scoring a mere 19.1 PPG. QB Patrick Towles (51.0 COMP%, 10 TDs, 6 INTs) will attempt to generate some points. Wideouts Jeff Smith and Michael Walker together have 56 catches and six touchdowns. In the rushing area, Towles has four scores, while RB Jon Hillman (155 ATT, 463 YDs, 3.0 AVG) have five touchdowns.
The Eagles, who are allowing 24.6 PPG, have 39 sacks, 92 TFL, and 15 FF. These are impressive figures. In addition, BC has posted 39 PD, 11 INTs, and 11 QB hurries. They have a decent defense that could trip up the Terrapins.
2016 Quick Lane Bowl Free Pick:
Our 2016 Quick Lane Bowl Free Pick likes Maryland at -1.5. We’re counting on their offense winning the game and their defense performing better than expected against a very poor BC offense. We’re going with under 44 points.
The 2016 Quick Lane Bowl will be played on Dec 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. It will be broadcast on ESPN.