We got a chance to catch up with Chris Bengel of Terrapin Station MD to talk about the Michigan State vs Maryland matchup.
Everyone loves to see what the other side of a big matchup is thinking. For Saturday night’s Michigan State vs Maryland game, we got a chance to catch up with FanSided’s Maryland website to talk about the game in College Park.
Want to check out the Maryland side of game coverage? Hit up Terrapin Station MD. Here’s our Q&A with site expert, one of the best reporters of Maryland athletics, Chris Bengel:
1) What worries you most about this matchup?
CB: The Michigan State running game is one of the biggest concerns. While the Spartans are near the bottom of the conference in terms of rushing, Gerald Holmes and L.J. Scott are a pair of extremely talented backs. The Terps have been horrendous the past two weeks in defending the run. If Scott can get in space, it could be a long evening for the Maryland defense.
2) What would you say is the Terrapins’ biggest strength on either side of the ball?
CB: Maryland’s biggest strength is in the backfield. Freshman Lorenzo Harrison has been sensational running the ball through the first six games. His 8.3 yards-per-carry is truly remarkable and he’s incredibly elusive in the open field. Ty Johnson also adds big-play potential to the backfield. If the Terps stay committed to pounding the rock, they could wear down the Spartan front seven.
3) What’s the difference between this year’s Maryland team and last year’s?
CB: They’re well-coached. This group won just three games all of last season and they’ve already won four in 2016. The staff features a pair of former head coaches in Pete Lembo (Ball State) and Mike London (Virginia) and one of the brightest young offensive minds in Walt Bell. The defense is much-improve and the only weakness has been defending the run.
4) D.J. Durkin, will he turn this program around?
CB: I believe so. This group features a lot of the same talent that was around last season and the early returns have been good. He’s already been very successful on the recruiting trail and has pulled in more top talent than Randy Edsall ever did. Equipped with a great staff, Durkin has all the tools to build a winner in College Park. His fiery attitude is just what the doctor ordered for the Terps.