Maryland Now Underdogs Versus NC State in Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Maryland football is now just three days away from the Duke’s Mayo Bowl for its second consecutive bowl appearance as the Terps made the trip down to Charlotte on Monday afternoon.

After Maryland opened as a slight favorite, it’s now NC State who is a 1.5-point favorite heading into Friday afternoon, though that could be attributed to Maryland’s attrition heading into the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. While NC State will have to navigate through turnover on the offensive staff while replacing four-year receiver starter Devin Carter, Maryland will be without three receivers in Rakim Jarrett, Jacob Copeland and Dontay Demus, one starting cornerback in Deonte Banks . While receiver Jeshaun Jones will lead a veteran unit, this also means that Maryland fans will see a large chunk of new names step into bigger roles on both sides of the ball against the Wolfpack.

“We felt like we put together a winning formula with how we wanted to use this extended time that we have to prepare for our bowl game. For me, I talk a lot about the bowl game isn’t the end of our ’22 season but actually the start of our ’23 season and it’s kind of a passing of the torch, per se,” Locksley said on Hear the Turtle. “Obviously with players declaring for the NFL and opting out of the game, some guys transferring out for whatever reason, but this is an opportunity where you’ll see a bunch of our young players and I think back a year ago going into the Pinstripe game where I thought guys like Roman Hemby and Antwain Littleton had their coming out parties per se where they both contributed and I expect this year some of the young guys that have been thrusted into roles or meaningful roles going into this game that they’ll do the same.”

Locksley also credited last year’s bowl game experience as a chance for his team to grow more off the field and they’ll get similar opportunities down in Charlotte. Starting on Tuesday, Maryland will take in a racing experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the morning before packing food care packages for the community at Charlotte Christian School on Wednesday.

Come gameday, Maryland will look to hope to extend a few streaks. While NC State has lost its last three bowl games, the ACC has been on the losing end of the last three games in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl as Maryland will look to pull off its second consecutive win against an ACC team to close the book on the 2022 season

Kickoff is set for 12:03 PM on ESPN for Friday, December 30.

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