Feeling fatigued from the holidays? Trade the jingling bells for flying pigskins and tune into the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl tonight. Boston College and the University of Maryland take to Ford Field at 2:30 PM for the long-awaited game, which will air on ESPN nationwide.
The face-off has been on the horizon since the Boston College Eagles racked up a 6-6 regular-season record this year, which earned them the ultimate touchdown: bowl eligibility, for the third time in four years.
Leading the team is head coach Steve Addazio, who recently took the team to Ireland to kick off the season in Dublin for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Challenging the Eagles were the players of Georgia Tech, who ultimately took the win. Coming off the heels of the loss in Ireland, though, the boys of Boston rebounded at Massachusetts, and later picked up their first Atlantic Coast Conference win at NC State. From there, they lost two games in a row to Louisville and Florida State, but couldn't be deterred - with a 30-0 victory, they shut out Connecticut and Wake Forest to pick up their bowl eligibility. Although the path to the Bowl wasn't carved without its obstacles, it ultimately led the team to tonight's showdown.
Also coming in with a 6-6 record, Maryland's Terps are making their third bowl appearance in the last four years as well. It also marks the 27th all-time appearance for the team. After starting the year strong with a 4-0 record, the Terps lost three games consecutively to nationally ranked teams; however, they claimed a 31-13 win over Rutgers in its season finale to become eligible for this year's Bowl. Tonight's game will be led on Maryland's side by DJ Durkin, who makes his Bowl debut with the team as its first-year coach.
Tonight also marks the third year that Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center will be the title sponsor of the annual college football bowl game at Ford Field. After recently renewing their title sponsorship of the Quick Lane Bowl with the Detroit Lions, it's clear that Quick Lane isn't making a quick appearance - with naming rights of the bowl through 2019, their commitment to the game is evident.
Have any questions before tonight's big game? Talk to any of our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington - and don't forget to take a test drive of the vehicles on our lot while you're there!