Now that we've got a search-engine friendly headline out of the way, wanted to finally delve into a detail a lot of folks have wondered about this week: Why N.C. State would be considered a more attractive team in the eyes of postseason games than Maryland --- namely to the Orlando-based Champs Sports Bowl
Well, let's look at the obvious: This year's attendance data. Conveniently, both schools played six home games, and both of their nonconference games came before league play began. That makes this as apples-to-apples a comparison as anyone could hope for.
Maryland lists Byrd Stadium's capacity at 54,000. N.C. State lists Carter-Finley Stadium's capacity at 57,583.
So N.C. State's worst day this season was still quite a bit better than Maryland's best day.
Now, the Wolfpack had two Thursday night games to the Terrapins' zero, and their overall home schedule was more appealing. But even considering those issues, the data is convincing, particularly for someone whose goal is to select a team who will attract more fans.
If Maryland can't fill three-quarters of Byrd Stadium, it would take a leap of faith to believe its fans could even match its ticket sales from its last trip to Orlando (9,103). That, perhaps more than anything else, remains most likely to scuttle the Terps' hopes of spending Christmas at Disney World.