ANNAPOLIS, MD. – Maryland and Marshall will be the gridiron combatants in the 2013 edition of the Military Bowl which moves just up the road from our nation's capitol to Annapolis, Maryland's Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Slated for a 2:30 p.m. EST kickoff, the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The Terrapins (7-5) finished 5th in the 7-team Atlantic Division of the ACC while the Thundering Herd (9-4) won the East Division of Conference USA and lost to Rice in the championship game.
This will be the fifth bowl appearance in the past eight seasons for the Terrapins, whose last bowl game was a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl. The Terps are 11-11-2 in their previous 24 bowl trips.
This will be Marshall's 10th bowl appearance overall and first in the Military Bowl. Marshall is 7-2 all-time in bowl games, all since 1997 (the 1948 Tangerine Bowl loss vs. Catawba is not counted as a FBS bowl game).
Maryland started this season 4-0 and entered the national rankings for the first time under third-year coach Randy Edsall. The Terrapins lost 4 of their next 5, but had road wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina State among their final 3 games.
Marshall averaged 43 points per game this season and QB Rakeem Cato tossed 36 TD passes vs. just 9 INT's. Marshall lost to Virginia Tech, 29-21 in triple overtime, on Sept. 21.
After the loss to the Hokies, Marshall won 7 of its final 8 regular season games before the loss at Rice.
In its sixth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.
The Congrove Computer Rankings project Marshall as a 12.58-point favorite, giving the Herd the 5th-largest margin of victory for any bowl game this season.
That puts this game at the opposite end of the spectrum of last year's contest which was also a first-time matchup between Bowling Green and San Jose State. The Falcons were favored to win by a scant two-thousandths of a point (0.002) and lost 29-20.