The Road to Shreveport, Detroit, Houston or Birmingham...
Let’s run through how Maryland could wind up in one of the at-large bowl slots in Houston, Detroit, Shreveport or Birmingham.
First, check out Joe Giglio’s story about 6-6 North Carolina State. A rule stipulates that 7-5 teams must be placed before 6-6 teams.
Now, assume Charlotte takes North Carolina, San Francisco takes Miami and Boise figures out a way to match undefeated Boise State against undefeated Ball State on the blue field instead of bringing in a “non-descript ACC team.”
Well, in that case, the Eagle Bank Bowl would be a possible destination for Maryland, but school officials have long said that the Terps cannot play in it because of exams. So the D.C. bowl would be free to take 6-6 N.C. State and Maryland would be shipped off to take an at-large slot.
Four could be available:
Dec. 26: Motor City Bowl, Detroit
Dec. 28: Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La.
Dec. 29: Papajohns.com Bowl, Birmingham, Ala.
Dec. 30: Texas Bowl, Houston
Any of those four sites thrill you?
And how do you feel about Boise wanting Ball State instead of a “non-descript ACC team”?
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