Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2010: Military Bowl

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

How do we have the Military Bowl without a Service Academy in it?

The Where and When:
December 29th, 2:30 p.m. est, RFK Memorial, WASHINGTON, DC ESPN/ESPN3.

The Who:
East Carolina Pirates (6-6, 5-3 CUSA) vs Maryland Terrapins (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

The Why:
The Pirates wrapped up the season finishing 4th in conference USA. This marks a program record 5th straight bowl and their 17th all-time.

Maryland, under fired ACC Coach of the year Ralph Friedgen, finished 3rd in the ACC. This marks the 24th bowl game for the Terps where they have won 4 of their last 5.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
ECU is all offense. Ranking 23rd in total offense they rely on the pass to score. The 7th ranked attack makes up for the 91st ranked rushing attack and is responsible for 38 ppg (12th). And they need all those points because they are the worst total defense in the nation. They rank 118th, 115th and 108 in scoring, rush and pass defense. Not good.

Maryland is pretty consistent across the board. Ranking 85th in total offense they are putting up 30 ppg (42nd). They are the 93rd ranked rushing O and the 64th ranked passing O. They are better defensively. The 45th ranked defense is 36th in scoring, 33rd against the run and 66th against the pass.

The Pirates were just 3-5 vs winning teams where as the Terps were 4-1 vs non-winning teams. Maryland fared better against non-AQs going 2-0 and ECU was just 1-2 vs AQ schools. ECU struggled down the stretch going 1-4 where the Terps were 3-2.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
I love Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. But, I also think turtles are so cute. This is hard. Oh wasn't Maryland just really mean to their coach? Yeah I like the Pirates, then.

Vegas Edge
Maryland is a TD favorite in this one. Which makes sense because it's virtually a home game for them. ECU was 1-4 ATS down the stretch and the Terps were 4-1.

The Sweatpants Verdict:
"Win one for the Fridge". I can see that being the kids cry. Plus Maryland is just playing better ball right now. Unless your offense is crazy good, you can't win against a good team with that bad a defense. No coach. No problem. Maryland covers easily.

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