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Nevada-Maryland: Mitch Picks the Humanitarian Bowl

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2008

The Roady's Humanitarian Bowl: Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5)

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, 4:30 EST

The Line: Maryland +2

 

Overview

It will be strange watching a game on the blue turf in Boise without seeing the Broncos, but this is a pretty interesting matchup between teams who have been decent in spots and, well, not so decent in other spots. At the start of the year I didn't have either of these teams picked to go to a bowl, so both have really exceeded expectations.

Nevada's season has been based on the performance of their offense. Nevada scored less than 20 only twice this year (both losses) and scored over 40 on eight separate occasions. As good as the Nevada offense has been, their defense has been equally as inept, as every game is a shootout. They are led by QB Colin Kaepernick, who runs the show in the modified shotgun formation they refer to as The Pistol.

While their stats are impressive (as you will see shortly), most of their success came against weaker conference teams, and when they played against teams from larger conferences, they had all sorts of trouble on both sides of the ball. It will be interesting to see how they handle the Terrapins in this one.

After two games this season, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen was on everybody's "coach on the hot seat" list, as they struggled against I-AA Delaware and then lost at Middle Tennessee State.

After that point the Terps really turned things around and at times looked like world-beaters, and at other times looked ordinary. Maryland would beat bowl teams back-to-back and then get shut out and run out of the building by a not very good Virginia team. Which Maryland team shows up in Idaho for this one?

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