Stanford QB Kevin Hogan has completed over 65% of his passes for the Cardinals this season.
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QB Kevin Hogan and the Stanford Cardinals host the Maryland Terrapins in the Foster Farms Bowl.
The Terps are newcomers to the power conferences, joining the Big Ten for the first time this year and having very mixed results. Despite beating some of the Big Ten cellar dwellers, Maryland was unable to put up a competitive game against the best teams like Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin – losing their games to each of those teams by at least 21 points and being outscored 141-46. The 4-1 start ended with a 3-4 finish as the offense was simply unable to get active until late in the games. QB C. J. Brown leads the team both passing and rushing, accounting for 20 total TDs, and more rushing attempts than any other players on the team. The key to beating the Terrapins will be to keep Brown stuck in the backfield by getting pressure on him and forcing throws
The Stanford Cardinals offense has been hot and cold all season, but the defense has been among the best in college football – recording 10 games with fewer than 20 points allowed, and only one game with four TDs allowed all season. QB Kevin Hogan has also had his ups and downs but has performed rather well as a pocket passer with over 65% completion and 22 total TDs (17 passing, 5 rushing). If Hogan is able to keep the ball protected and extend plays he’ll have a field day. The key to beating the Cardinals will be to play good pass coverage and keep Stanford in their ground game.
Prediction: Maryland Terrapins win the Foster Farms Bowl – In an upset the Maryland defense finally shows up in a big way to force Kevin Hogan into mistakes and keeping the Stanford running game ineffective. Meanwhile, C.J. Brown has his way with the Stanford defense and sustains long drives for the Terps.