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Bowl Slots Filling Fast

Well, well, well. Here we are again. Everyone who has a vested interest in Boise State, Maryland or Ball State is waiting on a yes or no answer from the folks in Muncie, Ind.

I will be surprised if this is settled before this weekend. MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst is telling reporters that this potential matchup has started a “national conversation” about the two programs. They like the attention, and who can blame ‘em.

All the other bowl assignments in the ACC have pretty much been dished out:

Orange: Virginia Tech/Boston College winner
Peach: Georgia Tech
Gator: Clemson
Orlando: Florida State
Nashville: Virginia Tech/Boston College loser
Charlotte: North Carolina
San Francisco: (probably) Miami
Boise: Maryland/Ball State/Wake Forest
D.C.: ????

I personally feel Boise State would be better off if it beat TCU in San Diego than if it beat Ball State on its home turf. But I think Ball State would be better off going to Boise to play the Broncos than playing in the Motor City Bowl. A Nevada-Maryland game in Boise would be less than appealing on a national level.

Time to make a few more calls and wait some more…

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 3, 2008; 1:39 PM ET
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Seems to me that Wake to RFK and Maryland/Central Michigan in the Motor City would make sense. As much sense as bowls can make.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 3, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

With all this talk about not being wanted in Boise I hope we do get the bid and play Boise State. I would love the chance to play them because with all this negativity towards the Terps and ACC I think they would come out with a little extra fire. I know the Terps have lost some tough games this year but of all the bowls being discussed now for them I would be fired up to watch and look forward to a matchup against Boise State. At least we would have a well named opponent. GO TERPS and please do not accept a bid to Houston as most of us cannot watch on the NFL Network since we do not have it.

Posted by: Nemo4 | December 3, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

i dont understand why we are so low on the totem pole...

from my figuring...we are the 5th seed in the ACC...behind all four 5-3 teams...adn in front of every 4-4 team b/c our record against all the 5 other 4-4 teams is 4-0...

how the hell is clemson in the gator bowl???

and how the hell is the loser of VT-BC below the Peach, Gator and Orlando bowls...this makes no sense...

other than i guess we lost to Middle Tennesse State poly technical agricultrual and machinery institue University...

Posted by: deadskin | December 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

deadkskin: it's all about who the bowls want (based on fan support and likelihood of ticket sales) - not necessarily the order of finish in a conference.

Seems like a lot of bowls are trying to get teams as close to them as possible (NC to Charlotte, GT to Peach) - probably down to the economy. Eagle Bank Bowl people probably fuming that Maryland won't allow the match-up with Navy to happen at RFK.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 3, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse


Unfortunately, both Maryland and Navy have final exams the week of the Eagle Bank bowl. Otherwise, that bowl would've offered area fans a terrific matchup.

Posted by: Terptwin | December 3, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29 again

At the very least, Maryland has finals scheduled for EagleBank Bowl week. Navy accepted a bid to this inaugural bowl long ago.

Posted by: Terptwin | December 3, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

How could Clemson get invited to the Gator bowl?? They're AWFUL! The Gator Bowl is a serious game.
I'd say that whoever is coming out of the Big East would destroy them, but the Big East is even worse than the ACC this year.

Posted by: JEp1 | December 3, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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