Maryland football vs. Boston College: Preview the game

October 26, 2012

THE INFO

Who: Maryland (4-3, 2-1 ACC) at Boston College (1-6, 0-4 ACC)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Internet: Game televised on ESPN3.com.

DMV radio: WTEM (980 AM), WJZ (105.7 FM).

Satellite radio: XM Channel 192, Sirius Channel 92.

Coaches: Terps – Randy Edsall (Second season, 6-13). Eagles – Frank Spaziani (Fourth season, 21-25)

Series: Boston College leads, 6-3.

THE SCRIPT

Maryland just checked out of the Heartbreak Hotel following a 20-18 loss to N.C. State, during which quarterback Perry Hills suffered a season-ending ACL tear and place kicker Brad Craddock hit the left upright on the potential game-winning field goal with two seconds left. The Eagles, meanwhile, have been toiling away in an off-brand, dingy motel throughout its five-game losing streak. Coach Frank Spaziani is on the hot seat, and Boston College hasn’t beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent this season. Maryland Coach Randy Edsall has insisted all week that the Terrapins aren’t down in the dumps about losing their first ACC game, and rightfully so. Maryland is still above .500 overall and in the conference, and is two wins from bowl eligibility. Taking care of business against a struggling Eagles squad will get them halfway there with four games remaining.   


Caleb Rowe is the last man standing at quarterback for Maryland. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

THE QUESTIONS            

  1. Hello, Rowe? Caleb Rowe is basically all Maryland has left after C.J. Brown, Hills and now Devin Burns are done for the year. Rowe looked more than capable in leading a last-minute drive against the Wolfpack, but how will he fare through a full 60 minutes? Boston College ranks 120th nationally (that would be dead last) in tackles for a loss and 118th in sacks, so Rowe could have plenty of time to make decisions in the pocket or try to run if the Terps go with a heavy option-style attack. 
  1. Will Rettig go wild? BC’s chances hinge on quarterback Chase Rettig, who’s been outstanding in the Eagles’ new system. Boston College ranks 34th nationally in passing offense, but is allowing two sacks per game. Protecting Rettig in the pocket against Maryland’s vicious and unrelenting front seven will be key, because if the Terps get to him early and often, the Eagles could be in for a long day offensively.
  1. Welcome to Brown town? The Eagles have been absolutely dreadful against the run this season, ranking 119th nationally at 269.57 yards per game. Maryland, meanwhile, finally might have finally found its feature back in Wes Brown, who went wild against N.C. State with 121 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown, bursting through holes created by a patchwork offensive line. Establishing the run will become paramount against the Eagles, especially to create space in the pocket for the occasional pass.

THE STATS

29.5: Career tackles for a loss by Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano, which ranks him 10th on Maryland’s all-time list. E.J. Henderson is the runaway leader with 62.5, which quite frankly is an absurd number.

2: Maryland freshmen in the past 33 years to have rushed for at least 121 yards – Lamont Jordan and Wes Brown.

24.25: Boston College’s punt return average, which ranks second nationally (that’s only on four returns, though). Yet the Eagles are 110th in kickoff returns.

THE QUOTES

“Chase Rettig is what makes them go.” — Edsall.

“I think this is the best defense we’ve played, and we played Florida State. I think these guys are a better defense, scheme-wise.” – Boston College offensive coordinator Doug Martin.

THE SONG OF SATURDAY

Shipping Up to Boston” by The Dropkick Murphy’s 

THE POLL

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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