Maryland way-too-early 2015 bowl projections


While its only May, it’s still never too early for some Maryland bowl projections.

The Terrapins will open the 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Richmond at Byrd Stadium. It’s the second consecutive season that Maryland opens against an FCS opponent.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach released their NCAA bowl projections on Wednesday and both do have Maryland as bowl-eligible.

McMurphy has the Terps facing off against New Mexico in the Armed Forces Bowl. It would pit offensive coordinator Mike Locksley against the team that he used to coach. The 2015 game (2014 season) pitted Houston against Pittsburgh in a contest that the Cougars won 35-34.

On the other hand, Schlabach has Maryland facing Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl. While it’s not quite the basketball rivalry, it would give the Terps a chance to face a quality ACC opponent in what could be a down year for Maryland. In the 2014 game, Rutgers defeated North Carolina 40-26 in the inaugural game for this bowl. It will pit the ACC against the Big Ten every season and replaced the Little Caesars Bowl.

While these projections may not have Maryland fans booking plane tickets to Detroit and Fort Worth, it will be nice to see the Terps in their third consecutive bowl game under coach Randy Edsall. Edsall has taken Maryland to the Military Bowl (2013) and Foster Farms Bowl (2014).

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While neither has ended in a victory, Edsall’s success has paid dividends on the recruiting trail as the Terps have had Top 50 recruiting classes along with multiple four-star prospects come to the program.

This could be a rebuilding year for Maryland with the loss of nearly the entire front seven and star wideouts Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.

If Maryland goes bowling in 2015, chalk it up to another successful campaign from Edsall.

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