Even if the Big Ten is expected to present a much bigger challenge than the ACC for the Maryland Terrapins during their inaugural season this year, it looks like SportingNews.com feels they will still go bowling.
Sportingews.com released their bowl projections for the 2014-2015 season today, and the Terrapins are predicted to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Tulane. The Armed Forces Bowl is typically played in Forth Worth, Texas, at TCU’s stadium, and there really aren’t any conference tie-ins, although the military academies and Conference-USA often find themselves in this bowl.
This isn’t exactly a snub for the Terps because, well, it would be a second consecutive bowl game appearance. For Maryland, postseason play is better than nothing. But this bowl just doesn’t make sense for the Terps if you really think about it. The most obvious one is that a Big Ten team has never played in the bowl before, and neither has an ACC team. Further, despite the fact that the military members from Fort Worth usually fill out the stadium, there’s no way Maryland fans will travel to Texas in any meaningful numbers. Same goes for Tulane, who failed to max capacity their own bowl game last year that was in Louisiana against a team from Louisiana.
That said, any early indication that the Terrapins will at least be moderately successful is a good thing for fans. I’m not sure anyone knows what to expect heading into the Big Ten, but at least the experts seem to view the team favorably. Even if it is just winning six or seven games.
What do you guys think? Snub or no?