Including Saturday's matchup against No. 13 Michigan State, the Maryland football team has three games remaining this season. That's three games left on the schedule to get a Big Ten win and avoid ending the season on a nine-game losing streak. That's going to be tough against the Spartans. Here are three things to look for in the Terps' 10th game of the season.
Will Likely will get at least five carries on offense
A Maryland offense that features Will Likely is more fun. That's just a fact. The 5'7" dynamo is able to inject life into the what S&P+ says is the 96th-best offense in the country in a way that no one else has been able to this season. He went off for 56 yards on three rushes last week against Wisconsin, and Mike Locksley will be looking to pull out all the stops in order to beat the Spartans, so look for Likely to be as involved as he's ever been on offense this Saturday.
Connor Cook will have at least 300 yards passing
Michigan State is fourth in the country in passing downs success rate, which measures how often the Spartans get the yardage they need when their opponent is expecting them to pass. Maryland's defensive passing S&P+ is 50th in the country, but Cook is averaging 358 yards passing in his last four games. He's hitting his stride late in the season, and will probably continue rolling against the Terps.
Maryland won't throw more than one interception
Maryland quarterbacks have thrown multiple interceptions in every game since the team's season opener against Richmond, but I think that streak will come to an end this weekend. The Terps' turnover luck has been abysmal this season, so they're due for some good fortune. The Spartans have forced nine interceptions in nine games, so they don't exactly have a ballhawking secondary. Perry Hills and Mike Locksley have no doubt been working on cutting down on interceptions, and that has to have an affect on the team's quarterback play at some point, right? Right?