Ohio State Football: Getting to Know the Maryland Terrapins
A look at what Ohio State can expect from Maryland.
After a beautiful performance from Ohio State on Saturday night against #10 Nebraska, it’s time for the Buckeyes to move on. Next victim: The Maryland Terrapins.
The Terps have actually looked really good at times. First year head coach D.J. Durkin has done a really good job at getting this team in the right direction. After missing out on a bowl last year – the 2016 Terrapins are now 1 win away from becoming Bowl Eligible.
And luckily for them, they play Rutgers the last week of the season. Currently sitting at 5-4, Maryland is coming off of a beatdown to Michigan. The Terps lost 59-3.
The Terps are the first of 2 games that the Buckeyes play against ‘UM.’ I think it’s safe to say that the University of Maryland isn’t quite as big of a deal as the Team up North.
Maryland is led by the 23rd best rushing attack in the nation. Sophomore RB Ty Johnson leads the team in rushing yards with 635 and averages 9.2 yards per carry.
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The running game is opened up by senior QB Perry Hills. Hills has the 2nd best passer efficiency rating in the Big Ten. Unfortunately for Maryland – Hills, a Pittsburgh, PA native – is questionable for Saturday’s game. He was taken out of the game vs the Wolverines due to an undisclosed injury.
The Buckeyes should be able to run all over the Terps. Maryland’s run defense is absolutely horrendous. Last week vs Michigan – they gave up 273 yards on the ground, so look for Weber, Samuel and even DeMario McCall to have big games.
The passing defense isn’t great either. Maryland gave up almost 400 yards passing to that team up north. JT Barrett can feast on this defense.
So the offense is decent, and the defense is awful. Ohio State should not have much trouble here.
I expect the Buckeyes to dominate from the beginning on both sides of the ball – and really take care of this Maryland team.