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Maryland's bowl-season lament

Quarterback Chris Turner said what I suspect a lot of other Terrapins players and coaches believe.

"The bowl shuffle, it wasn't fair. We don't look at ourselves as the eighth-best team. We deserved better than this and obviously we hurt ourselves," Turner said.

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Maryland is going to the Humanitarian Bowl, which had the eighth pick of Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Four teams in the ACC finished ahead of Maryland at 5-3. The Terps were one of six teams that finished 4-4.

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Of those 4-4 teams, Maryland beat all but Miami, whom the Terps didn't play.

But the bowl selection process isn't a ranking, it's a popularity contest. Teams were picked for games not just on the basis of records, but on other factors, too. Among those considerations was how many of their fans the teams would likely bring to the bowl.

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