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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Roady's Humanitarian Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5)


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Nevada will look to keep the WAC's momentum going when it squares off against Maryland in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl on Tuesday. The WAC is 1-3 in bowls this season and Tuesday's game is the first against a BCS team.

WHO TO WATCH: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Kaepernick has been the Wolf Pack's most dynamic weapon this season mostly because of his running ability. He's the second half of a rushing duo that ranks second in the country in rushing offense. But during the last half of the season, Kaepernick started to find his passing ability, making him a true dual threat.

WHAT TO WATCH: Maryland's rushing defense
Nevada's offense rushes for nearly 300 yards a game, and that's not good news for a Maryland rushing defense that already ranks 72nd in the country allowing 149 yards per game. Nevada will rush first and pass second, which is in stark contrast to most of the teams the Terps have faced this season.

WHY TO WATCH: Which is the weaker conference?
The WAC already has proven that its not all its cracked up to be with its 1-3 start to the bowl season. But what about the ACC, a conference that was also dogged much of the season, but is 2-2 to start the bowl season? This is its second game against a non-BCS -- Wake Forest beat Navy to start the bowl season. Both of these teams have their conferences to represent and also want to get to that illustrious eighth win.