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Three key matchups: What to look for in Maryland's first B1G game

Indiana has a tough offense, but the keys to the game may come when the Terps have the ball.

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Tevin Coleman vs. Maryland's front seven

Tevin Coleman has inserted himself as one of the top backs in the nation this season, entering the matchup against the Terps with 569 yards on the ground and six touchdowns in just three games. The 6'1'', 210 junior worked his way to a 132 yard, one touchdown performance in Indiana's upset against Missouri last week, and he will look to continue his tear against Maryland. Last week against Syracuse, Maryland allowed 370 total rushing yards. Although 156 of those yards came from scrambling quarterback Terrel Hunt, Maryland needs do better clogging the holes against a very talented rushing attack from the Hoosiers.

Nate Sudfield vs. Will Likely

At this point, most quarterbacks should know where Will Likely is at all times, but it will be interesting to see how much the junior gunslinger attacks the sophomore sensation. Likely is coming off a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception to the house. Nate Sudfield is coming off a huge win against Mizzou, where he threw for 252 yards and a touchdown. Sudfield has only thrown one interception this year, but Likely will look to tack on to that total.

T.J. Simmons vs. C.J. Brown

Sophomore linebacker T.J. Simmons is leading the Hoosiers in tackles and will likely try to penetrate the line and rush C.J. Brown a number of times. Against the Tigers last week, Simmons had 1.5 tackles for loss and had six tackles total. Brown needs to continue to get better reading the defense and there's no better place to start than by reading the positioning of Indiana's leading tackler. Indiana's weakest link lies in their defense, so Maryland and Brown need to get on the board early and exploit those weaknesses.