BOISE, Idaho -- Here it is, the last game day of Maryland's football season. It's too bad the Terps couldn't have finished a tad closer to home.
Maryland has a reputation for traveling well. But it was Clemson fans who set the Atlantic Coast Conference record in 2001 for buying tickets to see their team in the Humanitarian Bowl. The Tigers fans bought about 3,500. By comparison, Georgia Tech sold about 250 for last season's game (won by Fresno State).
Most ACC teams have sold between 300 and 1,000 tickets-- which is about where Maryland is expected to be for today's matchup with Nevada.
Do these figure tell you something? The sluggish ACC ticket sales -- it's a long way to Boise, baby -- are one of the reasons the bowl game and the conference won't be linked after this season.
ACC teams did play some memorable games in Boise, though. In 2005, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes as Boston College defeated Boise State, 27-21. In 2004, Virginia lost 37-34 in overtime to Fresno State.
I'll be blogging during today's game, and we can all offer the usual sharp analysis when it's over.