Preview: Maryland-Ohio State

COLUMBUS – Coming off a second straight Big Ten opening win, the Maryland Terrapins are on the road again this week as they take on the 10th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Terps (3-1) and Buckeyes (4-1) are both coming off impressive road victories.

Ohio State routed Rutgers, 56-0, while Maryland picked up its first conference road win since 2015, defeating Minnesota, 31-24.

Third-string quarterback, Max Bortenschlager, will make his second straight start for Maryland following season ending injuries to starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome and backup Kasim Hill.

Last week, Bortenschlager went 18 for 28 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, running backs Lorenzo Harrison and Ty Johnson combined for 201 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries.

Their ability to run the ball effectively against Ohio State’s defense would likely take some pressure off Bortenschlager.

In addition, the Terrapins must contain the Buckeyes fourth-ranked offense, led by quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Barrett, the Buckeyes all-time leading passer, threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns against Rutgers, while running for an additional 89 yards.

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 564.8 yards per game, through the first six weeks of the season.

Wide receivers, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon, will look to capitalize on a Maryland secondary that gives up an average 248 yards passing, tied with Illinois for 11th in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes enter as 30 ½ -point favorites, and while Maryland has never beaten Ohio State, the last time the two teams played in Columbus, the game was tied after three-and-a-half quarters.

The question is, can the Terps compete with the Buckeyes all four quarters on Saturday afternoon?

Game Notes:

  • Maryland’s last win over an AP Top 10 team came in 2007 against 8th ranked Boston College.
  • The Terrapins haven’t beaten multiple ranked opponents the same season since 2008 when they knocked off California, Wake Forest, Clemson and North Carolina.
  • Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against Maryland. The Buckeyes beat the Terrapins, 62-3, in College Park last November.

Prediction:

Ohio State 45, Maryland 13

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