Greetings from Chestnut Hill

November, 29, 2008
11/29/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Hello from Alumni Stadium, where everything but the press box clam chowda is cold, and the most excitement right now is on four different TVs in here. All of the ACC games are on and I'm keeping an eye on all of them. (WOW, Clemson ...)

  

The Atlantic Division winner will be determined here today. It's also senior day for 14 seniors, and there will be a reunion to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1958 football team, which finished 7-3. Maryland is looking to continue its streak of beating ranked teams. The Terps have knocked off a school-record six straight ranked teams (AP poll), including a nation's best four this season.

Aside from the most obvious (Dominique Davis), here are a few things to keep an eye on today:

1. BC's scoring defense. The Eagles have scored a nonoffensive touchdown in six straight games and have seven total this season. The defense has scored five times on four interception returns and a fumble recovery. Historically, the defense has a tendency to do it against Maryland. The last time the Terps were here, Jolonn Dunbar put them behind 14-0 with fumble returns of 14 and 38 yards. BC scored a third touchdown on an interception return by DeJuan Tribble.

2. Maryland's secondary receivers. With Darrius Heyward-Bey possibly out with an undisclosed leg injury, the roles of redshirt freshmen Torrey Smith and Ronnie Tyler will be even more important. The Terps have been at their best when other receivers like Danny Oquendo have given quarterback Chris Turner more options. They'll be particularly important considering Maryland is likely to struggle running the ball against this front seven.

3. Maryland's defensive line vs. BC's O-line. So much attention has been paid to the BC defense that these guys have been overlooked. The Eagles average 6-foot-5, the tallest in the ACC, and weigh an average of 307 pounds. They should give Davis plenty of time. Should. They have allowed 15 sacks and paved the way for true freshman running back Montel Harris to have four 100-yard games. Maryland has had 24 sacks this season.

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