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USF vs Maryland: Three most important matchups

The Maryland Terrapins have a new quarterback under center and face a potential threat in South Florida's rushing attack Saturday September 19th. Here are the three most important matchups.

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The Maryland Terrapins are looking to bounce back in a big way after their 48-27 loss to the Bowling Green Falcons last Saturday. Maryland's defense gave up 692 total yards of offense and the Terps' quarterback play prompted head coach Randy Edsall to make a change and put Caleb Rowe under center against the South Florida Bulls. Can the Terps redeem themselves?

Here are three key matchups to watch for against South Florida Saturday.

#1. Marlon Mack vs Maryland's Defense

Sophomore Marlon Mack has put up 41 carries, 214 yards and a touchdown in South Florida's first two games this season and has over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. Maryland's defense gave up 201 yards rushing and Marlon Mack is capable of putting up numbers like that. For more on him check out Alex Kirshner's piece.

Maryland's defense has shown a lot of promise with Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton Jefferson manning the defensive line and showing that the Terps can get to the quarterback and plug the rushing lanes. It's the rushing lanes that the defense will need to focus on in order to possibly shut down South Florida's offense.

#2. Caleb Rowe vs South Florida's Defense

There is a positive mindset among the team ahead of this weekend's matchup according to 247 Sports writer Josh Stirn. Starting wide receiver Levern Jacobs has high expectations for Caleb Rowe.

"I’m excited to see what he’s going to do," said junior Levern Jacobs, the only wide receiver from last week who remains a starter. "I think it’s a great opportunity for him as well. He’s been waiting to be in that starting role for some years now, just sitting there in someone else’s shadow in the past two years. I think it’s his time to step up and show what he can do as a quarterback."

Rowe was the favorite to be the starter in the offseason and now he will get the chance to lead this team to victory in week three of this college football season.

#3. Maryland's Wide Receivers vs USF's Secondary

Look for D.J. Moore, Levern and Taivon Jacobs to produce this week against USF. Amba Etta-Tawo will get his stats. He is someone who can produce in a variety of ways. Pay close attention to the former three because the freshman D.J. Moore has clearly shown he can make plays and the Jacobs brothers together could be dangerous if they can get separation. Maryland will be facing a USF secondary that recorded only five interceptions last season. Can they intercept a few of Caleb Rowe's passes? That will be something to watch for.