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Three predictions for Maryland vs. Ohio State

The Buckeyes come to College Park for Maryland's first ever B1G home game. Here are three predictions for the battle between OSU and the Terps.

Michael Hickey

So are you pumped for Maryland's first ever B1G home game? Me too. So how will things shake out today?

Will Likely will make a big play

So far this season, everything's been coming up Likely. The 5'7" sophomore has made huge plays seemingly every game for the Terps on both special teams and defense, where he leads Maryland with three interceptions.

J.T. Barrett, OSU's starting freshman quarterback, has already thrown five interceptions this season. And Ohio State ranks 88th nationally, tied with Kansas, in punt return defense. Both of those mean Likely will have great opportunities to make significant plays that could have a huge impact on the outcome of the game today for Maryland.

Brad Craddock will remain perfect on the season

All-American kicker Brad Craddock? The junior place kicker is still perfect on the season, converting all 10 of his field goal attempts, as well as all 22 of his extra point attempts. He's just one of eight kickers in FBS to be perfect on the season in field goal attempts and one of five to be perfect in both field goal and extra point attempts. That's significant, especially in college, where college kickers tend to be less than consistent. Look for Craddock to maintain his consistency today and potentially be put in a situation to kick a game winner.

Maryland will win their B1G home opener

Ohio State is a fantastic football program. They have a great coach. But this season, they're not invincible in the regular season like they have been previously under Urban Meyer. Ohio State's secondary is vulnerable and Maryland's wide receivers are arguably the best Maryland has faced all season. The Buckeyes turned up the tempo against Cincinnati last week, running over 100 plays, but Maryland has seen that before in West Virginia and should be prepared.

Even the advanced stats like Maryland somewhat, predicting just a two point Ohio State win, which essentially makes this a coin flip game. Factor in Maryland's outstanding special teams play, and I think the Terps make a few more big plays than Ohio State and pull out a close, last second victory.