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Maryland's best hope of playing in Charlotte's Meineke Car Care Bowl hinged on Boston College beating Virginia Tech in today's ACC championship game. That would have created the possibility of the Champs Sports Bowl grabbing Virginia Tech (instead of Florida State, as is likely now).

That would create a ripple effect in which North Carolina – which many had envisioned playing in Charlotte – could move to the Music City Bowl in Tennessee and free up the Meineke for Maryland.

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But it didn't happen. Virginia Tech beat Boston College, and the Terps -- barring an unexpected new scenario -- are likely headed to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise on Dec. 30, most likely to play Nevada.

Too bad Maryland's final exams conflict with the Dec. 20 EagleBank Bowl and a matchup with Navy. The Maryland flavor of that one would have been fun.

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