Friday, December 28, 2007

A Very Quick Emerald Bowl Preview

MARYLAND (6-6) vs. OREGON STATE (8-4) - Dec. 28, 2007, 8:30pm ET (ESPN)
Lost in all the commotion of Oregon State's mid-to-late season surge is that their six victories in their last seven contests were all against teams with .500 or worse records, except for the season finale at Oregon, against a flailing, Dennis Dixon-less Duck squad that still piled on the points against the Beavers. They were also blasted earlier in the year by Cincinnati and UCLA and were lifeless in a November clash with USC.

That's not to say that the Terps are world-beaters. 6-6 is 6-6 no matter how you slice it. Still, Maryland has been more competitive in their losses, and their wins against the likes of Boston College, Rutgers (on the road) and Georgia Tech are better than any win the Beavers have notched this year, save for their season opening win over Utah. The key matchup tonight will be Oregon State's stout defense (12th nationally) against the surging Terrapin offense (95 points in their final three regular season games against BC, FSU and NC State).

Maryland 27, Oregon State 25

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