The Ohio State Buckeyes seemed to have reverted to Tressel-ball in their win over Michigan State Saturday. It was a victory when the Buckeyes needed it most--a 20-point win over a strong foe on the road just two weeks ahead of their showdown with Michigan in a winner-take-all (or winner-takes-a-trip-to-the-Big-Ten-Championship) matchup.
Before they get there, however, the Buckeyes must face Maryland on the road. The Terps are 5-5 on the season, but started out much hotter, winning four of their first six games (including a home win versus Texas). Maryland is led by former offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who took the head coaching job after D.J. Durkin was placed on leave. Making matters even worse for the Terps is the fact that their starting quarterback, Kasim Hill, suffered a torn ACL against Indiana last week, and is handing the reins over to sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome. Pigrome will be supported by outstanding freshman running back Anthony McFarland, who had 210 yards on the ground against the Hoosiers last week.
On the Ohio State side, Dwayne Haskins is poised to break two more program records today--including Joe Germaine’s 20-year-old single season passing yard record. He’ll be helped along the way by K.J. Hill, Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, all of whom entered the 1,000-yard club for career receiving yards at Ohio State.
Ohio State holds a 4-0 advantage all-time over Maryland, not having played in program history until the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2014. The fewest points the Buckeyes have dropped on Maryland was 49 back in 2015. Last season, Ohio State threw down a dominant, 62-14 victory victory in Columbus.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.
Location: College Park, Maryland
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
YES! FINALLY! The crew is headed to Orlando this weekend ahead of the matchup of STILL UNDEFEATED (as in hasn’t lost since Dec. 17, 2016) and 11th-ranked UCF and No. 24 Cincinnati. The game is set for prime time on ABC tomorrow night. This has been a season of firsts for the College Gameday crew. Just a few weeks ago, Lee Corso and company got to Washington State for the first time, fulfilling the dreams of Cougar alums who’ve been waving Ol’ Crimson in the background of the set for 15 seasons.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
It’s a day of early games for the conference which sadly feature no ranked-on-ranked matchups (though Northwestern finally made it in the CFP ranking in the No. 22 spot after locking up the Big Ten West against Iowa last week). Alongside Ohio State at noon, No. 14 Penn State heads to Piscataway to take on Rutgers while the Wildcats travel to Minnesota, both on BTN. Also in the noon spot, Nebraska gets Michigan State in Lincoln on FOX. In the afternoon, Iowa takes on Illinois in Champagne and Wisconsin travels to Purdue, both on BTN at 3:30 p.m. Finally, No. 4 Michigan faces Indiana in Ann Arbor at 4 p.m. on FS1.
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