Before shipping up to Boston (well, Providence to be precise), here are five predictions for today’s Maryland-Boston College game in Chestnut Hill.
1. Wes Brown will have his second straight 100-yard game.
The freshman is atop the depth chart and will likely draw his first start against a porous Boston College defense. If he does top the 100-yard plateau, he’ll be the first Maryland tailback to do so since Da’Rel Scott in the first two games of the 2008 season.
2. Caleb Rowe will throw for a touchdown in his first start.
Yes, Rowe is Maryland’s fourth option at quarterback after season-ending injuries to C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Devin Burns. But he does still have Stefon Diggs (not to mention Kevin Dorsey) to work with, which means there will be occasional opportunities for explosive (and even scoring) plays in the secondary.
3. Maryland will allow a 100-yard receiver for the fourth time in five games.
From Tavon Austin to Terence Davis to Bryan Underwood, the Terps have been vulnerable to the big play in the passing game of late. That bodes well for Boston College’s Alex Amidon, who has 48 receptions for 806 yards and five touchdowns in seven games and has only one game with less than 85 receiving yards.
4. Stefon Diggs will crack the top 15 of Maryland’s single-season all-purpose yardage list.
Granted, the freshman only needs 100 yards and it could very well come on a single kickoff. Nonetheless, it would be impressive for Diggs (who has 1,162 all-purpose yards) to be within range of the top 10 of this list with four games to go.
5. Maryland will win.
The Terrapins have quarterback questions. Boston College doesn’t, but it faces enough other issues as it takes a 1-6 record into its first home game in four weeks. Maryland’s proven resilient all season, and here’s guessing it ensures it will have a chance to play for bowl eligibility as many as four times in November.
—- Patrick Stevens