Maryland carries emotional weight into Saturday’s game against Michigan State amidst the chaos and fallout this week from investigations into Jordan McNair’s death and the team’s culture.
The Terps, led by Javon Leake’s 274 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, exploded for 63 points and 712 yards in last week’s victory against Illinois. However, things get significantly more difficult this week against the Spartans. Michigan State has the best rushing defense in the country, allowing just 77.4 rushing yards per game. The Terps will likely have to lean on their inconsistent passing attack against a middling Spartan pass defense in order to secure victory.
A Terps win would secure bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016. If they lose, next week against Indiana likely presents Maryland’s last significant chance at clinching bowl eligibility. The Terps face No. 10 Ohio State and No. 14 Penn State to close the season.
Maryland: 5-3 (3-2 Big Ten)
Michigan State: 5-3 (3-2 Big Ten)
All-time series: Michigan State leads 7-2
Odds: Maryland is a 2.5-point underdog
How to watch and listen
Saturday, Nov. 3, noon (ET), Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park
TV: ESPN2 (Anish Shroff, play-by-play; Ahmad Brooks, analyst; Roddy Jones, sideline reporter)
Radio: 105.7FM (Baltimore) / 980AM (DC), Sirius (119) / XM (202), TuneIn Radio App (Johnny Holliday/LaMont Jordan); WMUC Sports (Justin Gallanty/Connor Newcomb)