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The Maryland Terrapins will travel on Saturday afternoon to Ohio Stadium to take on the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten Conference matchup. The Terrapins are 4-1 (1-1) this year and are coming off a 51-14 home loss against the fifth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was struggling as he went 16-of-29 for 157 yards with a pair of touchdowns and five interceptions. The Buckeyes are 4-1 (2-0) this season and are coming off a 52-13 road win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud and had a superb outing as he went 17-of-23 for 330 yards and five touchdowns.
These programs play once per season against one another but their game was canceled last season so looking at 2019, the Buckeyes won a road game 73-14 in this matchup. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
Senior wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr has been doing extremely well in the passing game this season for the Maryland Terrapins. So far this season, he has 28 receptions for 507 yards (18.1 yards per catch) with three touchdown receptions. He left the last game against the Iowa Hawkeyes with a leg injury but reeled in four catches for 61 yards (15.3 yards per catch). If Demus can get healthy throughout the week where he is able to play without any limitations, it gives the Terrapins a chance to potentially pull off the upset.
The Maryland Terrapins defensive unit has been doing very well this season so far as they are allowing 21.6 points per game. Looking at their last game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, they gave up 51 points on 428 total yards of offense (283 passing, 145 rushing) The Hawkeyes struggled on the money downs to convert as they went 5-of-13 on third down and did not convert on their only fourth-down attempt. The Terrapins did not do well at stopping the run as they allowed 3.5 yards per attempt. If Maryland can stop teams from going into the end zone as much as Iowa did, it will do wonders for their chances.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been dominant in the running game this season behind freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson. So far this season, Henderson has 54 attempts for 510 rushing yards (9.7 yards per carry) with seven rushing touchdowns while also having three catches for 87 yards (29 yards per reception) and a receiving touchdown as well. Looking at his last game against the Scarlet Knights, he finished with eight carries for 71 yards (8.9 yards per rush) with a touchdown on the ground and did not get involved in the passing game. If the Buckeyes can run the ball early, it will be a solid game for the offense.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been doing well on the defensive side of the football as they are averaging 21.2 points per game. Looking at their last game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, they gave up 13 points on 346 total yards of offense (235 passing, 111 rushing). They were decent at stopping the Scarlet Knights on third and fourth downs as Rutgers went 4-of-15 on third down and 2-of-6 on fourth down. They also forced Rutgers to throw three interceptions throughout the game. If the Buckeyes can figure out how to get some stops, they will be able to dominate here.
- Ohio State: 6-0 ATS in their last 6 October games
- Ohio State: 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 conference games
- Maryland: 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games
- Maryland: 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games