After consecutive tough losses to Michigan State and Indiana, Maryland football returns home for senior day Saturday against No. 10 Ohio State.
Despite outgaining Indiana by 168 yards and Anthony McFarland’s record-breaking day, the Terps fell to the Hoosiers last week thanks to four turnovers and ten penalties. Maryland must clean up their game if they want to have a chance Saturday against the talented Buckeyes.
Ohio State has an elite passing attack, led by sophomore quarterback and one-time Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins, gaining 354.9 yards per game through the air. The Terps and their top-20 pass defense must contain the Buckeyes if they want the game to stay close. On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes have a much more pedestrian defense, allowing 385 yards per game. This has allowed teams like Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue to either hang with or upset Ohio State in recent weeks, and if Maryland can similarly take advantage, they will be in a decent position to pull out a shocking sixth victory.
Maryland needs to win one of its final two games to clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016, no easy feat given the caliber of the opponents. The Terps travel to State College next week to face rival No. 14 Penn State to close the season.
Maryland: 5-5 (3-4 Big Ten)
Ohio State: 9-1 (6-1 Big Ten)
All-time series: Ohio State leads 4-0
Odds: Maryland is a 14-point underdog
How to watch and listen
Saturday, Nov. 17, noon (ET), Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park
TV: ABC (Dave Pasch, play-by-play; Greg McElroy, analyst; Tom Luginbill, sideline reporter)
Radio: 105.7FM (Baltimore) / 980AM (DC), Sirius (103) / XM (196), TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday, LaMont Jordan); WMUC Sports