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Nevada features the best dual-threat quarterback you've never heard of in sophomore signal-caller Colin Kaepernick.
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Maryland (7-5) vs. Nevada (7-5)
Dec. 30, 4:30 ET, ESPN


Reason To Watch: The weather is expected to be brisk in Boise, which is more than you can say for ticket sales. The day after the matchup was announced, Maryland had sold only 16 tickets and Nevada eight. That trend has continued and each team is expected to have a contingent numbering only in the hundreds. A strong local turnout could push attendance to 25,000. The Atlantic Coast Conference, which already has a tie-in with the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, has decided sending two teams west is not such a good idea and will end its association with the Humanitarian after this season.

Keep An Eye On: Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has passed for 2,479 yards and run for 1,115. He has accounted for 35 touchdowns.

Did You Know?: This is the only bowl game that features a winter sports day for the teams at nearby Bogus Basin. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's nickname is "Fridge," so he should feel at home in Boise in late December. We'd pay top dollar to see the Fridge go screaming down a slope on a snowboard.

Final Analysis: Maryland players have been trying to put their best spin on the trip to Boise. "I just really want to see this blue field [at Boise State's Bronco Stadium]," center Edwin Williams said. That's not a good sign for the Terrapins.

The Pick: Nevada 19, Maryland 16

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