Maryland will take on Michigan State in a blackout game at Byrd Stadium tonight at 8:00 P.M. The Terps will try to move to 7-3 on the season as they attempt to pull the upset against the #12 Spartans.
The offense will struggle without Diggs
Maryland's offense had been struggling before junior star receiver Stefon Diggs was suspended/lost for the season due to injury. Diggs was 5th in the Big Ten in receiving yards and led Maryland in receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, and receptions. Take the Terps' most dynamic playmaker out of the equation, add in a run game that has sputtered, a quarterback who has struggled and sprinkle in a great Michigan State defensive line and you have a recipe for a sub-par offensive performance tonight.
Will Likely will once again shine on special teams
Stefon Diggs wasn't only an important part of Maryland's offense, but also served a vital role on the special teams unit in the kickoff return game. With Diggs out, Will Likely, who has shined as a punt returner, will also take over Diggs' duties as the primary kick returner for Maryland. With several more opportunities, expect Likely to make a big play against the Spartans.
Brad Craddock will remain perfect
Maryland's star kicker remains perfect so far this season in field goals and extra points. With the weather expected to be cold and the wind mostly calm, Craddock shouldn't face any big external factors that would impact his kicking game. With the potential for Maryland's offense to struggle, Craddock could get several opportunities to continue his perfect kicking season.