No. 3 Ohio State takes on Maryland on Saturday from the Horseshoe in Columbus. The Buckeyes opened as a 42-point favorite against the reeling Terps, who have lost four straight games. OSU sits at 5-0 in the East Division of the Big Ten, which is tied with Penn State for first place. The Terps are 1-5, good for sixth place in the East Division.
Last season, the Terps gave the Buckeyes a huge scare, falling on overtime, 52-51 from College Park. Maryland is coming off a 38-7 loss to Michigan at home, while the Buckeyes crushed Wisconsin, 38-7, two weeks ago at home.
Terps looking for something positiveThe good news for Maryland fans is that college basketball season opened up on Tuesday and the hoops team is ranked No. 7. The bad news is that the football team is still playing and they have to face the toughest division in college football-the East of the Big Ten. That division features Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. Those are teams Maryland has to play every season.
But enough of the excuses. Mike Locksley's first season at the helm has been a mitigated disaster on the field. Last week, the Terps had their Homecoming and met Michigan. Maryland gave up a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game and it was downhill from there. The Wolverines had a 35-0 lead in the third quarter before Javon Leake took a kickoff return 97 yards for a touchdown. That was Maryland's only score of the game and a rare bright spot.
The Terps actually played well defensively against Michigan, holding them to 331 yards overall and just 176 in the air. Offensively, quarterback Josh Jackson struggled with accuracy, completing just 9 of 20 for 97 yards and a pick. They threw for just 104 yards and rushed for 129 against a very good Wolverines defense. They also missed guard Terrance Davis (knee), who may miss the rest of the season. The good news for Maryland is that he should be able to redshirt since he played in just four games.
"Because he's only played in four games, there is a chance that we could use the redshirt year for for him this year, which would allow him to come back again. We haven't made a final decision," Locksley said Tuesday at his weekly press conference on 247sports.com. "Terrance came back from a MCL strain and has really battled to play. He came back and played in the Minnesota game and then he tweaked it last week. And so, you know, we're at this point with Terrance where he's not able to be 100 percent force,."
Now they face an even better squad as a team that averages just 200.2 passing yards and 184.2 rushing yards per game. The Terps allow 414.4 yards per game and 262.8 yards in the air.
Another bye week?Ok, Ryan Day's squad is coming off a bye and on paper, this is a very easy game for Ohio State. His team was also picked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. An LSU win over Alabama could mean that first-place ranking will be short-lived, but the Buckeyes need to just keep winning to stay ranked.
The Buckeyes haven't played since Oct. 26, when they dominated Wisconsin in the rain, 38-7. In fact, OSU has dominated everybody save for the 45-21 opening win over FAU. Since then, the Buckeyes have not allowed more than 10 points and have given up single digits in five of their eight wins.
Offensively, it starts with quarterback Justin Fields, who has completed 68.8% of his passes for 1,659 yards with 24 TDs and just one interception. Running back J.K. Dobbins is having a big season with 1,110 yards on the ground and nine TDs. Fields also has nine rushing scores and 319 yards rushing.
Defensively, Ohio State is basically flawless, though they haven't faced an outstanding offense yet. DE Chase Young might be the top player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has recorded 13.5 sacks with five forced fumbles after totaling 10.5 sacks last season as a true sophomore.
Young anchors a defense that leads the nation with 224.8 yards per game allowed and 132.8 yards per game in the air. That's insane and they face a struggling quarterback so expect Maryland to run and throw short passes. OSU allows just 92 rushing yards per game.
Update (11/8): Young will not play in this game as he's been suspended due to a potential NCAA issue.
“Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” a school statement said.
- 1-5 ATS last 6 in November.
- 5-16 ATS last 21 road games.
Ohio State is:
- 4-0 ATS last 4 home games.
- 8-0 ATS last 8 after an ATS win.
- 7-0 ATS last 7 conference games.