Preview: Maryland at Stanford

When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California


1. Stanford fell short of expectations this season, but the Cardinal finished on a high note with victories over California and UCLA. The late-season surge earned the Cardinal a berth in the Foster Farms Bowl in nearby Santa Clara, Calif., against Maryland, which enters as one of the bowl season’s biggest underdogs. The Terrapins are looking to bounce back from a demoralizing 41-38 loss to Rutgers in their regular-season finale.

2. Maryland star receiver Stefon Biggs is expected to play after missing a month with a lacerated kidney, and the Terrapins will need his explosiveness against Stanford, which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense at 16 points per game. Biggs finished second in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.8) and was fourth with an average of 72.7 receiving yards. He’ll likely be matched up against Stanford cornerback Alex Carter, who is considered a top NFL prospect.

3. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan struggled for much of the season before shining against Cal and UCLA. The 6-4 senior completed 31-of-39 passes for 448 yards and two scores over the two games and teamed with running back Remound Wright to finally spark an offense that averaged 13.4 points in its five losses. Wright rushed for a combined six touchdowns in his last two games.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Stanford -14

ABOUT MARYLAND (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten): The Terrapins recorded quality wins over Iowa and Penn State, but were also outscored 141-46 in losses to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Maryland boasts the nation’s best kicker in Brad Craddock (18-of-19 in field goal attempts) and a dual-threat quarterback in C.J. Brown, who rushed for team bests of 569 yards and seven touchdowns, but threw nine interceptions. Maryland ranked 11th in the Big Ten in total defense, but defensive back William Likely has a team-high six interceptions and 5-11, 282-pound lineman Andre Monroe leads the team with 9.5 sacks.

ABOUT STANFORD (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12): The Terrapins face an uphill battle against Stanford’s stellar defense, which is led by lineman Henry Anderson (14 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) and safety Jordan Richards, who had three interceptions. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery could miss the contest with a sprained shoulder, which could result in more opportunities for versatile freshman Christian McCaffrey, who saw his role increase late in the season. Left tackle Andrus Peat leads the offensive line, which could be tested by a Maryland defense that recorded 31 sacks.

PREDICTION: Stanford 34, Maryland 13

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Maryland 7-5 L1 29.1 28.9 2-4 5-1 4-4 0-0 4-4
Stanford 7-5 W2 25.7 16.0 4-2 3-3 5-4 0-0 5-4

Last Meeting

Maryland Stanford
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MD C. Brown 53.2 2083 13 9
STAN K. Hogan 65.5 2603 17 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MD C. Brown 148 569 3.8 7
STAN R. Wright 127 552 4.3 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MD S. Diggs 52 654 12.6 5
STAN T. Montgomery 61 604 9.9 3
TDs Player TD
MD C. Brown 7
STAN R. Wright 8

Quickchart Matchup

Maryland Off vs  Stanford Def
352.1 yards
287.4 yards
3.9 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
5.2 yards/attempt
Stanford Off vs  Maryland Def
386.4 yards
438.1 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.5 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Maryland Overall Stanford
7-5-0 W/L 7-5-0
6-6-0 ATS 6-6-0
6-5-1 O/U 2-9-0
29.1 Pts For 25.7
28.9 Pts Against 16.0
Maryland A/H Stanford
5-1 W/L 4-2
4-2-0 ATS 4-2-0
1-4-1 O/U 1-4-0
24.2 Pts For 29.8
23.2 Pts Against 10.7
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