Quick Lane Bowl prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between Maryland and Boston College.
If Perry Hills was healthy all season, I really believe the Terps would’ve surprised some people in the Big Ten. And in reality, they did that anyway by reaching a bowl game despite Hills’ issues and a season-ending injury to standout defensive back Will Likely. D.J. Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell are building something good at Maryland, and Boston College won’t be much of a match in this contest.
I actually think that Boston College takes this one. They had one of the nation’s best defenses – No. 8 nationally, allowing only 310.6 yards per game – and are going against hamstrung offense that scored seven points or fewer in three of the past four games. Boston College is just a bunch of guys being dudes who win Quick Lane Bowls.
This one is an easy one. I’m going with Maryland all the way. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love what D.J. Durkin is building with the Terrapins, and I fully believe he’ll lead the Terps to a win against Boston College. Perry Hills will throw for a touchdown and run one in. Lorenzo Harrison will add another touchdown, and Maryland is going to win by double digits.
Terps running back Ty Johnson is going to face a BC run defense that will pose a tough challenge, but he has to be able to put quarterback Perry Hills in manageable third-down situations in order for this offense to move the football. If Johnson can find some success on the ground, Hills will have the opportunity to find some throwing lanes. Meanwhile, the Eagles ranked second-to-last in the nation in total offense per game, as Kentucky transfer QB Patrick Towles struggled to consistently move the football. In a game that is anything but exciting, the Terps get just enough offense from Johnson and Hills in a close win.
I”m a big fan of D.J. Durkin, and feel that Maryland might actually go somewhere under him. While I like the Boston College defense, the offense is lacking some … what’s that word … oh yeah, power. The Golden Eagles are almost at the bottom of FBS in scoring offense, averaging just 19.1 points per game. Now, the Terps aren’t much better, but they should get the job done as Durkin gets his first bowl win as a head coach.