The Maryland Terrapins will take on the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium Saturday afternoon, arguably one of, if not the most iconic stadium in all of college sports. Having been to the Big House, it's a cool experience that I'd highly recommend. Today's game in Ann Arbor is another one of those "wow, Maryland is in the Big Ten now" moments. But what can we expect in today's game?
Another strong defensive performance
Maryland's defense did everything they could to keep the Terps in the game last week against Michigan State. They got through a very tough offensive line and sacked Connor Cook twice. The forced the Spartans into several three and outs. They allowed MSU to score just 23 points in the first three quarters, before eventually allowing two late 4th quarter touchdowns.
Michigan is a team, like Maryland, who has struggled on offense. With Maryland's defense coming off one of their best games of the year, expect them to build off of that and have another good game against Michigan. That being said, they can't be out on the field for 37:32 like they were against Michigan State.
Expect William Likely to make a big play on defense that either scores a touchdown or gives Maryland's offense a short field to score.
Maryland's offense will have a better game than last week
Six net yards rushing. Three interceptions. 2 of 14 on third down conversions. That's all Maryland's offense could muster against a very good Michigan State defensive last week. Michigan is yet another stout defense, but with the dismissal of Michigan pass rusher Frank Clark, Maryland QB C.J. Brown should be under a little less pressure, hopefully allowing him to open up the run game via the passing game. Yes, it sounds crazy for a number of reasons, but by attacking a somewhat weak Michigan secondary, Maryland can hopefully open up both their run game and zone read portion of their offense, which has been somewhat non-existent of late. And perhaps we'll see another quarterback under center at some point during this game?
Maryland will get their first win ever against Michigan
Today's game probably isn't going to be pretty on the offensive side of the ball. But much like the Penn State game, Maryland will prevail on the road and pick up a big win against one of the Big Ten's big boys. Maryland has never defeated Michigan, but has a big advantage on special teams against the Wolverines. Whether it's a Likely kickoff or punt return, a Craddock kick or a blocked punt or field goal, special teams should play a major role in a game featuring two offenses that have struggled. Terps win, 16-10.