Run and Shoot: If only BC hadn't lost last week...

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If only BC hadn't lost last week...

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Greetings from Byrd Stadium, on the campus of the University of Maryland. We're about 60 minutes away from kickoff between the No. 8-ranked Boston College Eagles (8-1, 4-1 ACC) and Maryland Terrapins (4-5, 1-4).

It's too bad BC lost last week or else it'd likely be No. 1 with a victory here tonight, given Ohio State's loss today. All that would have done is add to the Boston-area's stranglehold on the professional sporting world as we know it.

It's a cold night here, but nothing these two teams can't handle. The Eagles have played their past two games in miserable weather, so clear skies are probably a welcoming sight. Maryland officials have touted this game as a sellout, but I highly doubt the upper-deck bleachers will be filled up.

The Terp fans are about ready for basketball season around here, as it has been a rough year on the gridiron. Injuries have really set back coach Ralph Friedgen and his team - the Terps have lost their top two quarterbacks (one because of an academic issue), their top two offensive linemen and have a handful of other guys that are banged up, most notably linebacker Erin Henderson. Word also just came in that Maryland's top running back, Keon Lattimore, is out tonight with a sore hamstring.

As far as Boston College goes, it appears it will be without linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who is nursing an ankle injury. This is a big loss - Dunbar has had two huge games against Maryland in his career. In fact, Dunbar has as many touchdowns against Maryland (3) as the Terrapins have through the air this season. Yes, the Terps have just three passing touchdowns this season, which is the fewest in Division I-A. Even the oh-so-powerful Navy aerial attack is more productive. Amazing.

The Eagles are still clinging to a chance to make it into the BCS Championship game, but that would require a near-miracle. More reasonable for Boston College is a chance to represent the ACC in the Orange Bowl. A win tonight would be a nice boost, but ultimately it will come down to next weekend's showdown at Clemson. The winner of that game will likely end up as the ACC's Atlantic Division champion.

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