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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”?

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 1, 2008; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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None of these destinations does much for me. What about Clemson's two wins against Div 1A opponents. Only one counts toward bowl eligibility, therefore, shouldn't MD's 7-5 record beat out their "6-5" record? Just throwing things out for though. The bowl picture is as clear a mud - we won't know where/if the Terps are going bowling until Sunday/Monday.

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Boise St for asking for a match with Ball St, seeing as both are getting shafted by this sham of a system known as the BCS. It used to be that going undefeated meant something. After all, if it so easy, then why is it we have only 4 undefeated schools in Div. 1-A? Longhorn fans should storm the Bastille over this latest decision to put Oklahoma ahead of them. Until we get a playoff system, many worthy teams will be left out.

Having said that (I could rant on and on about the BsCS), Houston sounds fine, as well as Birmingham. Been to Shreveport, nothing much there. If we went to Detroit, we could face a MAC team like Central Michigan, who would not only have home field advantage, but won in a defensive squeaker Saturday over Eastern Michigan , 56-52.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Man, I'd be really excited to have Maryland play here (Birmingham) except for the fact that I fly back into town on the 30th.

Stupid family.

Posted by: Colm1 | December 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

whiche ever one is the bigger bowl and against the best opponent we can get...and probably one closer to home so more fans would be there...and later in the bowling season usually means that...well sort of...

Posted by: deadskin | December 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

i fully endorse the papajohns.com bowl only if they decide to double up on the toppings for scoring touchdowns.

quadruple sausage here we come.

Posted by: theraph | December 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Boise can take their frozen astro turf and stuff it. I still say Maryland has a good shot at Charlotte, should WVA make it in there.

Otherwise, eh, the Texas Bowl. I'm already busy the first two nights on that list and the Texas Bowl sounds good. Detroit would be fine to, I guess.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd think about going to Detroit mainly because I have family there. But I probably wouldn't.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | December 2, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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