Pride is the prize on the line in today's matchup between Maryland and Indiana. Both teams have yet to win a Big Ten game.
There are a lot of interesting contrasts in both of these teams that should make today's game an interesting one. Maryland's offense has been turning the ball over at a rate that is both historic and almost unfathomable. Maryland is throwing an interception every 11 times they throw the ball. Luckily for the Terps, they are playing the worst pass defense in the Big Ten this week. The Hoosiers have a Big-Ten worst seven interceptions and have given up the most passing yards of any Power 5 team in the country.
However, Indiana's passing and rushing attacks both rank in the top-40 in the country. Jordan Howard is FOR REAL. In fact, he might be the best running back in the Big Ten this season not named Ezekiel Elliott. Last week he ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan. 238 YARDS! That is the second-most yards that ANYONE has ever run for against the Wolverines. The last time the Wolverines allowed a running back to gain at least 100 yards rushing against them was in last year's season finale against Ohio State.
Nate Sudfeld is a very competent quarterback and has thrown 16 touchdowns and only five picks. He has done a very nice job of leading the offense. It is amazing how close Indiana has been in some of their games and not won. They lost by seven to top-ranked Ohio State, eight to top-10 Iowa and seven in double overtime to top-15 Michigan. They also reenacted Maryland's collapse against Rutgers last season with an epic fourth quarter meltdown of their own against the Scarlet Knights. Those games were all at home. The Hoosiers lost by 22 and 26 when they went to Penn State and Michigan State. This is a different team at home and on the road.
Maryland's Yannick Ngakoue is poised to make some history today. He needs just half a sack in order to tie Mark Duda and Bruce Palmer for the Maryland single-season sack record with 13.0. He should get there. Maryland has one of the nation's top-10 pass rushes while Ngakoue is second in the nation in sacks.
While I think this says more about Maryland's program than it does about the individual, Brandon Ross needs just 34 yards to move into the top-10 on Maryland's all-time career rushing list. With Wes Brown's suspension, I think he's a shoo-in to get there.
As long as Maryland doesn't turn the ball over repeatedly, they should have a legitimate shot to win their first Big Ten game of the season.
Rankings and records:
Indiana: (4-6, 0-6)
Maryland: (2-8, 0-6)
All-time record: Indiana leads the all-time series 2-1. Maryland won its first-ever Big Ten game against Indiana last year in Bloomington, 37-15.
Vegas: The line opened with Maryland as a three-point favorite but that has dropped to 2.5 points. 99 percent of the money is on Indiana right now.
How to witness
November 21st, Noon (ET), College Park, MD
TV: BTN, Noon (ET) Cory Provus will be on the call. Glen Mason will be the color analyst and J Leman will the sideline reporter.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Tim Strachan (Analyst), Scott McBrien (Sideline); Flagships - WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN 980 (D.C.) Sirius 137, XM 201, and SiriusXM 201.
You can also hear the game on WMUC Sports Radio here.
Online streaming: The game will be streamed live on BTN2Go at noon (ET). You can also stream the game via the TuneIn App.