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Is Maryland the 4th most talented team in the Big Ten?

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Recruiting in the Big Ten has drastically changed over the last five years. Coaches like Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, and James Franklin have brought a different flavor to the conference, and the results of their strong recruiting speaks for itself. It isn’t a question that Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State are the three most talented teams, but who’s next in line? Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Now, before you get upset and tell us that recruiting rankings are overrated because A.J. Hawk was once a three-star prospect, (people forget that) it’s important to note the distinction between “best” and “talented.” Maryland is by no means the fourth best team in the Big Ten, but their quick turnaround last year under new Head Coach DJ Durkin, coupled with their strong start this year has them on the right track. With another strong class heading to College Park this year, Maryland is a lot closer to breaking into the upper echelon of the Big Ten than you think.

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Matt Brown discuss Maryland’s surprising recruiting, and preview Ohio State’s upcoming game with the Terps. The guys break down everything you need to know on Saturday, including:

  • Why stopping Maryland’s explosive running game being the key to the game.
  • Whether the Terps’ quarterback issues will force them into a gameplan that favors Ohio State.
  • Expecting another big day from the Ohio State offense, and more!

Colton also goes on a rant about fans complaining about 50-point wins, and the guys take a look at everything else going on around the country on Saturday.

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