November 9, 2007

BC ready to rebound?

#8 Boston College (8-1) vs. Maryland (4-5) (ABC, Saturday 8:00PM EST)

Fast Facts:

Boston College is coming off its first loss of the season last week to Florida State. The 27-17 loss dropped BC to 8th in the National Rankings. This Saturday the Eagles head to Maryland to take on the 4-5 Terrapins. The Terps have lost their last three games and are just 1-4 in the conference with losses coming to Wake, UVA, Clemson and UNC. Maryland has played its conference opponents tough losing by an average of just six points. The Terps took down Georgia Tech in their only conference win of the season. Notable out of conference games were a 31-24 loss to West Virginia and a 34-24 victory over Rutgers in New Jersey.

Players to Watch:

Maryland: Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball. The two backs have combined for 1250 yards and 20 touchdowns. It will be pivotal for BC to stop these two and make sophomore quarterback Chris Turner beat them in the air. Turner has completed 62% of his passes this season and has thrown for 968 yards but just one touchdown. Maryland lacks an air attack so they will be looking to their backs to beat BC. Look for Ralph Friedgen to expose BC's loss of Jo-Lonn Dunbar in the middle. Maryland may be without their best run stopper, Erin Henderson, who has a sore back.

Boston College: Mark Herzlich, Kevin Akins and Mike McLaughlin. This crew will be put to the test with the potential loss of Dunbar and Tyronne Pruitt. With Maryland favoring the run this year, these three will be asked to be run stoppers. Matt Ryan. How will the senior respond to last week's three interception performance? In front of a national audience, he'll have his chance to rejuvenate his Heisman campaign and perhaps shut up Dennis Dodd (but don't hold your breath on the latter). Ron Brace. Brace will be pivotal in order to stop the Maryland rushing attack. Offensively, the Eagles need another big game from their wideouts. The Eagles have five receivers with at least 34 catches, led by Brandon Robinson, who has 42 for 651 yards and five touchdowns.

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