You’d think maybe one thing keeping Maryland’s chances of staying on the East Coast for the postseason is recent history.
Not just a reputation for traveling well, but also perhaps a willingness from the ACC office to prevent a team from traveling west for a bowl game two straight years.
After a little quick research, it would appear the only time in ACC history a team went to consecutive “western bowls” (a phrase subject to scrutiny, but let’s just say I don’t consider New Orleans to be a western site) was earlier this decade.
That occurred when Georgia Tech went to the late Seattle Bowl in 2001 (beating Stanford 24-14) and the late Silicon Valley Classic in 2002 (losing 30-21 to Fresno State in a virtual road game).
That said, both Miami and Virginia Tech made back-to-back trips west earlier this decade while in the Big East. The Hokies played in San Francisco and Phoenix in consecutive years, while the Hurricanes gladly accepted invitations to BCS title games (the Rose and Fiesta bowls) in 2001 and 2002.
There’s a chance avoiding that problem might be a slight consideration, but it certainly wouldn’t be enough to keep Maryland from a long journey to close out its season.