Going into this game, Rutgers and Maryland look very similar statistically. Less than 15 yards separate them when it comes to what each team averages on offense. Less than 35 yards separate them when it comes to what each team gives up on average on defense. Outside of the 35 yard difference in total defense, there isn't a single major statistic where Maryland and Rutgers are separated by 30 yards or more. These two teams are clearly very similar. In fact, ESPN's Football Power Index only gave Rutgers a 50.4 percent chance of winning.
Yannick Ngakoue broke the Maryland single-season sack record last week against Indiana and is second in the nation in sacks. Expect to see him in the Rutgers backfield throughout the game. Speaking of backfields, Brandon Ross had a career game against Indiana on Senior Day. He ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Ross only needs 113 yards--he had 108 yards on 10 carries against Rutgers last year--to move into sole possession of fourth place on Maryland's career rushing list. Even a mere 50 yards on the ground will move Ross into the top-five. Will Likely only needs 13 punt return yards to move into third place on the Maryland single-season punt return yards list. I think it's safe to say that Will Likely will likely achieve that goal.
Chris Laviano, the starting quarterback for the Scarlet Knights, is a little turnover prone. That helps a great deal when you turn the ball over as much as Maryland does. He has 12 touchdowns but also 11 interceptions. His top target, Leonte Carroo, has only played in seven games this season but he has racked up nine touchdown catches. He has been a little banged up this season and has also missed some games due to suspension. Unfortunately for the Terps, he has said that he is definitely playing in the finale against Maryland. The secondary will have to be very careful with how they handle him.
Robert Martin and Josh Hicks form a workable backfield tandem for the Scarlet Knights but Brandon Ross will probably have the better day. This has been worn out many times this season but if Maryland is able to limit their turnovers, the Terps will have a very good chance to secure their first Big Ten win of the season and head home to College Park as winners in their season finale.
Rankings and records:
Maryland: (2-9, 0-7)
Rutgers: (4-7, 1-6)
All-time record: The all-time series is tied 5-5. Maryland has dropped the last two in a row but the last time the Terps went to Piscataway (in 2007), they knocked off the No. 10 Scarlet Knights, 34-24.
Vegas: Maryland opened as a two-point favorite but the line has shifted. As of Friday afternoon, Rutgers is favored by one and a half points. 56 percent of the money is being bet on Rutgers but 63 percent of the bets on the spread are being put on the Terps.
How to witness
November 28th, Noon (ET), College Park, MD
TV: BTN, Noon (ET) Josh Lewin will be on the call. Chuck Long will be the color analyst and Tina Cervasio 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 136, XM 196, and SiriusXM 196.
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.