Only obstructed seat tickets remain for Saturday's 1 p.m. Maryland-Clemson game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. A crowd in excess of 60,000 is expected, which would surpass Maryland's largest home attendance of 58,973, set in 1975 when Penn State visited Byrd Stadium.
A victory against Clemson for the first time since 1980 could help clear Maryland's bowl picture. Scouts from the Aloha Bowl and Citrus Bowl, which have expressed major interest, will be at the game. Officials from the Hall of Fame and Liberty bowls have also expressed interest, but the Aloha would be Maryland's first choice.
Aloha officials hope to settle on two teams by Monday. They are scouting these Saturday games: Maryland-Clemson, Penn State-Notre Dame and UCLA-USC.
UCLA, from all indications, will be one team unless it defeats Pac-10 champion USC. The conference heavies might then pressure the Bruins, who would have an 8-3 record, into taking a higher-paying bowl like the Fiesta.
SMU, like Maryland, has a basketball team playing in Honolulu during the Christmas holidays. The Mustangs also are interested in the Aloha, to be played Dec. 29. If UCLA should win, a Maryland-SMU matchup could take place. But Notre Dame could rearrange the whole picture by beating Penn State.
The Gator and Liberty bowls are among those considering Virginia (7-1-1), which plays at North Carolina Saturday. One reason some mid-level bowls are cautious about taking the Cavaliers is that they are an unknown entity for national television.