CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL - Dec. 29, 2006 - Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Maryland (8-4) vs. Purdue (8-5)
Two teams that sat out last bowl season with 5-6 records now quietly face off in the lesser of the two Orlando bowls for the right to be the Least Regarded Major Conference Team With Nine Wins.
Purdue has found themselves at 8-5 by precisely following the formula of beating every team they should beat, and losing to every team that they should lose to. Maryland, on the other hand, hasn't done anything particularly well (#96 nationally in total offense, #89 in total defense), except win the close ones. They were blown out in 3 of their 4 defeats, while 6 of their 8 wins were by a touchdown or less.
Purdue hasn't fared very well against anybody with a pulse, while Fridge's boys just get it done...for the most part. The 2006 Maryland Terrapins will be one of the least impressive 9-win major conference teams you'll see for a long while...
Maryland 27, Purdue 23