Preview databox: Maryland at Boston College
1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Internet: Game televised on ESPN3.com. Radio: WTEM (980 AM), WJZ (105.7 FM). Records: Terrapins 4-3, 2-1 ACC; Eagles 1-6, 0-4.
Hello, Rowe: Maryland is down to its fourth-string quarterback, a skinny true freshman named Caleb Rowe. He’s drawn rave reviews for his composure and pocket presence, but how will he fare for 60 minutes after having all of one drive under his belt in his college career? Coach Randy Edsall joked Thursday that Rowe can rest easy knowing he won’t have a quick hook. In fact, unless he gets injured or his helmet comes off, Rowe will be Maryland’s quarterback moving forward. This is his first test, against a porous Boston College defense.
POUND THE GROUND: Boston College ranks 119th nationally against the run and 120th in tackles for a loss. The Terps finally produced some semblance of a rushing attack against N.C. State, and Wes Brown will be counted upon again to shoulder the load. He ran for 121 yards on 25 carries last Saturday, and could see even more time to help take pressure off Rowe. Not having Devin Burns behind center could hurt Brown’s productivity, especially because Rowe won’t likely be running the read option anytime soon, but Boston College has struggled to stop the run all season.
CHASE IS ON: Quarterback Chase Rettig has been a pleasant surprise for Boston College. He’s a pass-first quarterback who put up big numbers early in the season, but has tapered off in recent weeks. BC boasts tall receivers on the outside, so Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle will have their hands full, but it will be up to Maryland’s strong front seven to get consistent pressure on Rettig.
— Alex Prewitt