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Update: Maryland's Bowl Fate Hinges on Ball State's Answer

I just got off the phone with Kevin McDonald, the executive director of the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

After Maryland lost its regular season finale, the Terrapins had a great chance to land in the Humanitarian Bowl, which has the eighth selection out of the ACC. But now that berth is in serious doubt and the team that will determine Maryland’s bowl fate is, of all schools, Ball State.

McDonald said the Humanitarian Bowl wants to match undefeated Boise State against undefeated Ball State. He has had discussions with the ACC and does not expect the ACC to stand in the way of this move. He is awaiting an answer in the next couple days from Ball State, which has expressed some hesitation about playing Boise State on Boise’s home field.

If Ball State says thanks, but no thanks, then Maryland would likely head to Boise to play either Boise State or another Western Athletic Conference team. If Ball State agrees to play Boise State, then Maryland has to make some decisions.

The first would be whether to play in the Eagle Bank Bowl against Navy on Dec. 20. School officials have said that they cannot play in the game because of final exams, but a college football official said that Maryland perhaps could make some adjustments to play in that game. That remains to be seen.

A Maryland-Navy matchup would be an ideal scenario for the Eagle Bank Bowl, which is having trouble finding an opponent for Navy. It cannot select a 6-6 team before a 7-5 team, which means that N.C. State will likely get shipped out to an at-large slot. That leaves Wake Forest, but Navy has already played Wake Forest during the regular season.

So there is a chance Maryland winds up in the Eagle Bank Bowl, after all.

If that does not happen, the only real remaining option is one of a few at-large slots, which would be in Detroit, Shreveport, Houston or Birmingham.

It all hinges on Ball State's answer. McDonald does not want to hold everyone up, so he would like an answer before Ball State plays in the MAC title game.

So that is where it stands at this moment. Things will change throughout another busy day and I will update this blog on the Boise drama throughout.

I can’t believe I already bought the ticket!

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 2, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
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Who cares. What a disappointment. From a potential ACC championship game to the worst bowl in Friedgen's tenure in 2 weeks. Blech.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | December 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Don't buy a ticket to Miami to see Alabama play in the NC game either.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 2, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

this team belongs on a blue field.

Posted by: Durham2 | December 2, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen has gotten MARYLAND to a bowl 6 out of his 8 years as head coach. That is a major accomplishment considering they didn't go to any bowl the previous DECADE. Some of you people are DELUSIONAL with your expectations. This isn't (and never has been) USC or Texas.

Posted by: UnitedWeStand | December 2, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

what are "better" bowl games anyways other than different gifts for the players and more revenue for the "school".

i think a navy/md matchup in DC would be a good thing for the region. interesting matchup and well attended. better than playing against boise on their home field.

Posted by: theraph | December 2, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

This year both BALL STATE and Boise State are far better football teams than the TERPS.

Posted by: lmiller328 | December 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Boise State would be a fun matchup. One last chance for the seniors to play up to their competition just to frustrate fans. If the Broncos go looking elsewhere for the other BSU the Terps vs Navy is the best opportunity for the fans...

Posted by: Lee26 | December 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The TERPS would lose badly to W. Va.
The TERPS would be crushed by Boise State, and the fans would ridicule them.
The TERPS might have an even game against Navy.
(Put that game in a real stadium, in Baltimore, and it's a probable sell-out.)
Incidentally, while N.C. STATE has a record inferior to MARYLAND, right now the WOLFPACK is the better team.

Posted by: lmiller328 | December 2, 2008 7:39 AM

Spoken like someone who has not followed Maryland at all this season. lmiller328, maybe if Maryland lost to good teams and beat bad teams this year, your prediction resemble a rational thought. But since Maryland has beaten the good teams and lost to the bad teams consistently this year, your post was idiotic.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I would encourage the review of this writer:

Clearly, Boise State deserves to play in a BCS Bowl game. No two loss team deserves to play in a "Bowl Championship Series." That would never happen in a legitimate sporting venue (Soccer, Volleyball, Ping Pong, etc.).

Place Utah in the larger venue of Sugar, or Orange, and place Boise State against Texas, or Texas Tech, in the Fiesta Bowl.

It's clear to me...and I'm not even from Boise!!!
. Coach Garcia from California .

Posted by: Coach_Garcia_California | December 2, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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