OK, one last time this season —- five predictions for today’s Maryland-Boston College game at blustery Byrd Stadium …
1. Both Chris Turner and Jamarr Robinson play some at quarterback. The workload might not be even, but both guys have earned the chance to play in the finale. Both are probable despite their injuries. Even if Turner is relegated to handoff machine duties, he’s earned the chance to play in his final college game. Robinson jumped considerably from his first start to his second and should also get a chance to take a crack at the stingy Boston College defense.
2. It won’t be a day for the passers. Please note that it says “blustery Byrd Stadium” above. There should be a whole lot of Montel Harris and Da’Rel Scott, and both could be in for 100-yard days. On the flip side —- and here’s the prediction —- it would be a shock if either team threw for much more than 200 yards.
3. Maryland will get a defensive or special teams score. Between 2004 and 2008, the Terps combined for five defensive or special teams touchdowns. Well, this year’s total is already four. Maryland isn’t going to match the unconventional TD production of 2002 —- seven non-offensive scores —- but one more certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
4. Steve Aponavicius will remain perfect. The thing about Boston College that is most envious for other teams this season? The kicker who hasn’t missed yet. Aponavicius has made all nine field goals and all 36 extra points he’s attempted. The Eagles are smart abou using him —- his longest field goal is 37 yards —- but he’ll survive the windy conditions to cap a perfect regular season.
5. It’ll be another close-but-not-quite day for Maryland. What would be worse than ending the season with last week’s loss at Florida State? How about a similar game against BC. Nothing the Eagles have done suggests they’re a decent road team (1-3 record, outscored 103-51) and Maryland generally keeps things close against teams that aren’t vastly superior. Of course, the Terps haven’t won most of those games, and 11 weeks worth of evidence suggests they won’t beat a bowl-bound Boston College outfit, either.
—- Patrick Stevens