With one regular season game left on the schedule, Maryland football has roughly one month until the end of the full 2023 season with bowl eligibility already secured.
As Maryland shifts their attention to the regular season finale at Rutgers, we take a look at bowl projections heading into week 13.
Athlon Sports: Guaranteed Rate Bowl, vs. Kansas (Dec. 26)
CBS Sports: Guaranteed Rate Bowl, vs. Kansas (Dec. 26)
ESPN: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Utah (Bonagura); Las Vegas Bowl vs. UCLA (Schlabach) (Dec. 23)
Saturday Tradition: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Utah
*Note: Action Network projects Maryland to face South Alabama in the Birmingham Bowl, which is not a Big Ten tie-in bowl game.
For reference, the Big Ten bowl tie-ins are:
-Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 23 at 7:30 (Las Vegas)
-Quick Lane Bowl, Dec. 26 at 2 PM (Detroit)
-Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Dec. 26 at 9 PM (Phoenix)
-Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28 at 2:15 PM (New York City)
-Gator Bowl, Dec. 29 at 12 PM (Jacksonville)
-Orange Bowl, Dec. 30 at 4 PM (Miami)
-Music City Bowl, Dec. 30 at 2 PM (Nashville)
-ReliaQuest Bowl, Jan. 1 at 12 PM (Tampa)
-Citrus Bowl, Jan. 2 at 1 PM (Orlando)
With the Guaranteed Rate Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl coming into focus, the matchups draw intrigue given Maryland’s history with the projected opponents is nearly nonexistent.
Maryland has never faced either Kansas or Utah, while the last matchup against UCLA was in 1955 when the Terps pulled out a 7-0 win. Of course, a potential bowl matchup against the Bruins and head coach Chip Kelly would be a preview of the future conference matchup with Maryland set the travel to face UCLA in 2025.
Maryland has a slight chance to boost their bowl game outlook as they will head to Rutgers this weekend as the Terps, who’ve won four of the last five matchups, opened as a one-point road favorite. For the first time since 2014, both teams enter the matchup as bowl-eligible teams as Maryland will look to win seven season games for the third consecutive season, the first time the program has done so in over 20 years.
Maryland will look to rebound after suffering a 31-24 loss vs. Michigan on senior day.
“There are no moral victories, but this is definitely one of those games that I feel as a program that we’ll be able to build off of. We’ve got one more regular season opportunity for our seniors, which to me, a game like this is, it hurts more because of the group of seniors and the leadership that some of the guys that have been around here that made a decision to come here when it was just a vision we were selling.”
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 3:30 PM on BTN.