RALEIGH, N.C. — Greetings from Carter-Finley Stadium on a nippy Saturday morning, as the Maryland football team looks to secure its first winning season under Coach Randy Edsall. A victory over North Carolina State, currently winless in ACC play, should all but assure the Terrapins an appearance in the Military Bowl in Annapolis and, because of the conference’s one-loss rule that prevents bowl games from inviting teams two games back in league standings, a Syracuse loss to Boston College should do it, too. It’s no secret the local bowl game wants to invite the local team.
If the Terrapins lose and the Orange win, moving Syracuse to 4-4 in conference play and dropping Maryland to 2-6, all bets are off and we’re back to the drawing board, with Maryland possibly looking at other conferences’ unfilled spots, like the Heart of Dallas Bowl or the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, which both could be looking to fill unused Big Ten slots (the Big Ten has eight bowl tie-ins but will have only seven bowl-eligible teams; plus, one Big Ten team could land an at-large BCS berth, opening up another slot).
In a way, Maryland receiving a Big Ten bowl bid would be somewhat fitting. Saturday marks the program’s final ACC game before leaping to the Big Ten on July 1, 2014, and its rivalry with North Carolina State is one of the closest in conference history, with the Wolfpack leading 33-32-4.
One notable omission from the injury report Maryland released on Thursday: quarterback-turned-wide receiver Ricardo Young is out again with a head injury.
Six Seven Terrapins wide receivers traveled to Raleigh; two three haven’t caught a pass this season and one is listed as doubtful.
UPDATE (11:57 a.m.): Tyrek Cheeseboro, who hasn’t appeared in a game this season due to various injuries, including a concussion sustained during a bicycle accident, was a late addition to the travel roster.
Your injury report and game day links are below, the live stats are accessible atop this post and the discussion thread is open. Stay warm and enjoy the game. Thanks for reading.
Out for the season: DB Milan Collins (ankle), LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (torn pectoralis), WR Stefon Diggs (leg), OL JaJuan Dulaney (knee), WR Deon Long (leg), DB Dexter McDougle (shoulder), DL Mike Minter (knee), DL Kingsley Opara (shoulder), LS Greg Parcher (abdomen), DL Ty Tucker (knee).
Out: WR DeAndre Lane (Hamstring), LB Alex Twine (ankle), WR Ricardo Young (head).
Doubtful: WR Malcolm Culmer (ankle)
Questionable: CB Jeremiah Johnson (toe), LB Cole Farrand (shoulder)
Probable: S Zach Dancel (hip), TE Dave Stinebaugh (knee)