Two programs headed in different directions face off on Saturday as the Boston College Eagles host the Maryland Terrapins.
The Terps lost a heartbreaker last week, missing a game-winning field goal with time running out. However, they have already doubled its win total from last season with true freshman playing all over the field.
Meanwhile, Boston College has lost five straight games. The only win of the year was against Maine from the FCS.
Still, the Eagles play much better at home and have won three of its last four against Maryland.
Here is everything you need to know about this ACC battle.
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. ET
Watch: ACC Network (Check Local Listings)
Live Stream: ESPN3
Line: Boston College (-1) via Vegas Insider
Injury Report (via USA Today)
QB Perry Hills (Knee) Out
DL Justin Anderson (Ankle) Questionable
OL Sal Conaboy (Ankle) Questionable
WR Kerry Boykins (Hip) Questionable
LB L.A. Goree (Neck) Questionable
DB Matt Robinson (Groin) Questionable
DB Rashid Conteh (Ankle) Questionable
LB Nick Lifka (Leg) Questionable
LB Josh Keyes (Foot) Questionable
LB Andre Lawrence (Upper Body) Questionable
DE Brian Mihalik (Upper Body) Questionable
DT Dillon Quinn (Leg) Questionable
FB Jake Sinkovec (Food Poisoning) Questionable
DT Kaleb Ramsey (Leg) Questionable
What's at Stake?
Boston College needs to win all of its last five games to just be eligible for a bowl game after digging itself in quite a big hole to start the year.
Maryland only has one conference loss and still could be a contender in the ACC, however, it is more likely looking to get at least two more wins to reach a bowl game. After only two wins last season, this would be quite an accomplishment.
What They're Saying
In the previous game against North Carolina State, Maryland starting quarterback Perry Hills tore his ACL attempting to make a tackle after an interception. According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, he is out for the year.
Maryland announces QB Perry Hills has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) October 22, 2012
This continues an unfortunate trend for the Terrapins.
For the eighth time in nine years, Maryland will use multiple starting quarterbacks in a season.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) October 22, 2012
Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com believes that the offense will be a little different with the backup.
Guess is Devin Burns is primary QB for remainder of the year, with splashes of Caleb Rowe. Run game will be emphasized, putting it lightly.— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) October 22, 2012
Maryland Player to Watch: Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs is already one of the most electric players in the country despite only being a freshman.
Combining his receiving, rushing and return yards, the receiver currently has 1,162 total yards, and is averaging 16.8 yards per touch. Only three players in the nation have more catches and a better average than his 19 yards per reception.
The hometown hero has been getting more involved in the offense lately and could be poised for a huge game.
Boston College Player to Watch: Alex Amidon
Like Diggs, Alex Amidon is a big-time receiver that has become the focal point of the offense.
The junior is currently fifth in the nation with 806 receiving yards, which is 248 more yards than he had in the previous two years combined.
Only Florida State held the receiver under 85 yards this year, so Maryland will have a hard time containing the quick player.
Amidon currently leads the team with five touchdown passes and will be the team's best bet to score on Saturday.
Prediction: Maryland 17, Boston College 13
Neither team has been especially productive on offense, but the big difference in this game will be on defense.
Maryland is currently No. 11 in the nation in yards allowed, while Boston College is No. 117.
The Terps should be able to run the ball enough get on the scoreboard and win this close game.
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