Maryland got smoked by the Wisconsin Badgers in Camp Randall last season. The players on this year's roster would like to make sure that doesn't happen again.
While Wisconsin doesn't have the same offensive punch that they had a year ago, their defense has improved. The Badgers have the nation's top scoring defense, allowing only 11.0 points per game. Through nine games, they've only allowed 12 touchdowns and one of those was on special teams. The Badgers aren't just stingy with points. They're stingy with yards too. Wisconsin allows less than 270 yards of offense per game. Only Boston College and Michigan allow less yards per game.
Maryland will need to score touchdowns, not field goals in order to beat Wisconsin. The problem is that Wisconsin is really good at not letting people score touchdowns in the red zone. Of the 15 times that Wisconsin has been in the red zone on defense, they have only allowed five touchdowns. The Badgers allowed five field goals as well. That means that two-thirds of the time, Wisconsin's opponents either had to settle for a field goal or didn't score at all in the red zone.
Maryland's offense certainly isn't going to wow anyone. Perry Hills is probably going to get 100 yards on the ground but similar to the Iowa game, he'll have to earn them. Wisconsin's Corey Clement, on the other hand, is a big-play threat that Maryland can't allow to get loose. Clement returned from injury last week and had 11 carries for 115 yards and three touchdowns.
Maryland has done a good job thus far of bottling up backs like Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley and Akrum Wadley. Can they do the same to Clement?
If Hills doesn't throw three interceptions and the defense does a good job on Clement, this could be an interesting and competitive game. If not, we'll get to see a repeat of the Iowa game but in College Park with homecoming floats.
Rankings and records:
Wisconsin: (7-2, 4-1)
Maryland: (2-6, 0-4)
All-time record: Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 1-0. The Badgers beat the Terps, 52-7, in Madison last year.
Vegas: Vegas Insider has Wisconsin as 11.5-point favorites and 78 percent of the money is on the Badgers to cover.
How to witness
November 7th, 3:30 pm (ET), College Park, MD
TV: BTN, 3:30 pm (ET) Josh Lewin will be on the call along with Chuck Long and J Leman.
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 135, XM 195, and SiriusXM 195.
You can also hear the game on WMUC Sports Radio here.
Online streaming: The game will be streamed live on BTN2Go at 3:30 pm (ET). You can also stream the game via the TuneIn App.