Military Bowl, Maryland Vs. ECU: Ralph Friegden Takes Pirates Down With Him, 51-20

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College Bowl Picks, Military Bowl: Maryland Vs. East Carolina

The 2010 college football postseason rattles on toward Glendale, and it's time to place all your money set aside for Christmas shopping on ridiculous, half-assed bowl games played by largely inept football teams. Degenerate gamblers, start your engines. Now playing: Maryland and East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

The line: Vegas favors the Terps by seven to nine points.

Notable Maryland units:
The Terps are shaky when they have the ball, ranking 85th nationally in total offense, though they're 41st in scoring. Their No. 6 ranking in turnover margin gets them out of tight spots. Of particular interest Wednesday will be their middle-of-the road, 62nd-ranked passing defense, for reasons that will become immediately apparent.

Notable East Carolina units: This would be where East Carolina's 7th-ranked passing offense comes in. The Pirates are averaging over 300 yards per game, and rank 12th nationally in scoring.

The pick: Defensively, the Pirates are as atrocious as they are prolific on the scoreboard, but we like the edge they'll have in a high-scoring game, particularly if all they have to do is throw.

The 2010 Military Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Connect with Maryland fans at SB Nation's Testudo Times, and browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule for a complete list of bowls.

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2011 NFL Draft Prospects: ECU's Dwayne Harris And Willie Smith Will Be Crucial Offensive Elements

The inaugural Military Bowl, kicking off Wednesday afternoon, will feature two players in East Carolina purple with legitimate shots at having their names called in the 2011 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris and offensive tackle Willie Smith will be on hand to showcase their talents for prospective future employers.

Harris has just earned first-team All-Conference USA honors for the second consecutive season. The senior from Stone Mountain, Georgia recorded his first thousand-yard season in 2010, with 1,055 yards on 93 receptions, and has averaged over 11 yards per catch each of the past three years. Harris projects as a third- to fourth-round pick.

Smith was also selected first-team all-conference for the year. With his help from the left tackle spot, the Pirates set school single-season scoring records and allowed just over one sack per game. Smith projects as a late-round selection.

The 2010 Military Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST. Connect with Maryland fans at SB Nation's Testudo Times, and browse our complete 2010 college football postseason schedule. For more on 2011 NFL prospects, visit SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

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2010 Military Bowl Game: Time, Location, History And More

To help prime you for Wednesday's college football tripleheader, we've compiled this handy list of fun factoids concerning the 2010 Military Bowl.

Proper name: Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, which is hard to spell and tempting to shorten but these are probably not folks we want to defy.

Setting: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., former home of the Redskins and currently housing the MLS' D.C. United.

Traditional conference pairing: "Traditional" is pushing it for a game that's only been in existence since 2008, but the setup going forward will feature an ACC team versus a rotating opponent.

2010 matchup: The 8-4 Maryland Terrapins versus the 6-6 East Carolina Pirates.

Announcers: Brace yourselves. Pam Ward has the call, with Danny Kanell and Quint Kessenich on backup vocals.

Neatest fact: The game-no-longer-known-as-the-EagleBank-Bowl should have been called the Ben's Chili Bowl for a true D.C. tie-in, but wasn't, which, in retrospect, is not neat at all.

Closest finish: EagleBank Bowl II, where UCLA beat Temple by nine points. Ooooh!

Most lopsided finish: EagleBank Bowl I, where Wake Forest beat Navy by ten points, 29-19. Aaaah!

Tidbits of interest: This game was tentatively titled the Congressional Bowl in its inception, which would have been awkward had it been allowed to continue, what with no members of Congress in town for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Oh, and the game ball will be delivered by robot, if you're into that kind of thing.

The 2010 Military Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, December 29. The game will be televised on ESPN. For a complete list of bowls, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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Military Bowl, Maryland Vs. ECU: Terps Fans Start Swaggering Early

SB Nation's Maryland community, Testudo Times, gets good and cocky about their Terps' impending matchup with East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl. It's not the most unsafe position to take, given the Pirate's sorely awful defense and marked lack of prowess in the turnover department, but the superstitious among you might want to skip this post:

There's not a lot redeeming to be said about this bunch. One thing - and you can see how deep I'm reaching here - is that one of their most productive players is named after his position: the Pirates' starting outside linebacker and leading tackler is named Dustin Lineback.
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If nothing else, this matchup should be plenty exciting and put up a lot of points. But I have much more confidence in Maryland's ability to stop to ECU's high-octane offense than the other way around.

The 2010 Military Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 29. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream right up through game time, as we review key unit matchups, odds, bowl history and more, and connect with Terps fans at SB Nation's Testudo Times. For a complete list of bowl games, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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