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Michigan @ Maryland
October 3, 2015 - 12 p.m. ET (Eastern Daylight Hurricane Time)
The Michigan Wolverines head back out on the road to take on the Maryland Terrapins for a Saturday night game. It is the start of the Big Ten season and a good game for Michigan to continue their early season momentum. Maryland has the #1 ranked basketball team this year and the fans in College Park are looking forward to that season. But the football team has struggled. They have already lost 48-27 to Bowling Green and 45-6 to West Virginia this year and in each game, gave up over 600 yards of offense. Even with a “Black Ops” game at night, Maryland will not be able to stay with the surging Wolverines.
The Maryland offense has produced some yards this year, but mostly on the ground. RB Brandon Ross is averaging nearly 90 yards per game and over 6 yards per carry. But the Terps have already replaced their starting QB. Current starter Caleb Rowe leads an offense that is last in the nation in passing yards per game and have thrown 12 interceptions in just 4 games. With Michigan being able to play aggressively on the receivers, there should be plenty of support to stop the run. The Wolverines are now 2nd in the nation in Total Defense and lead the Big Ten in 5 defensive categories.
The Wolverine Den Trivia
Michigan held BYU to 105 yards of Total Offense. When was the last time Michigan held an opponent under 100 yards of Total Offense for a game?
The Maryland defense is last in the Big Ten in yards allowed giving up 467 yards per game. They do have the leading tackler in the conference in Jermaine Carter. Sean Davis is a ball hawking linebacker (2 picks and 3 forced fumbles this year). Even playing at home, don’t look for the Terps to be able to stop the improving Michigan offense. William Likely is a dangerous return man for Maryland. He leads the nation in punt return average.
The Michigan team remembers that a poor Maryland team came into the Big House last year and scored two 4th quarter TDs to pull out a 23-16 victory. But there is no scenario where that will happen again. Michigan needs to prove they can win on the road and there is no better place than in College Park.
I expect the game to be low scoring as the weather forecast calls for strong winds and rain. The weather will only keep it interesting for a short time as Michigan rolls.
Michigan leads the all-time series 3-1.
The Wolverines are a 16 point favorite.