Maryland vs. No. 6 Ohio State preview, keys to game, betting odds, how to watch

Maryland vs. No. 6 Ohio State preview, keys to game, betting odds, how to watch

Maryland football is trudging through the middle of a rough few weeks.

Still looking for their sixth win to secure bowl eligibility, the Terrapins' three-week November stretch consists of Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska before ending the season with a home matchup against Rutgers.

Last week, Jim Harbaugh and the No. 2 Wolverines manhandled the Terps, 59-3. And a home-field advantage might be the only thing going for them against the No. 6 Buckeyes on Saturday. That and their newly unveiled "RedOps" uniforms.

In Maryland’s 3-9 season last year, the team suffered a brutal 49-28 loss to Urban Meyer and his team at the Horseshoe, but as the Terps enter Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. matchup on a two-game losing streak, they might be hungry enough to keep it interesting.

“Our guys have a great attitude about [losing to Michigan],” Maryland coach DJ Durkin said this week. “We’ve bounced back from tough things already this season, and we’ll do it again. We’re looking forward to a great environment at home this weekend.”



When: Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Maryland

TV Channel: ESPN

Online Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: ESPN 980 (Washington, D.C.), WJZ 105.7 FM (Baltimore)



Terrapins: Last weekend, Maryland coach DJ Durkin returned to the Big House to face his former team, the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines. And it didn’t end well. Not only did the Terps not score a touchdown, but they also gave up 660 total yards — a season high for their opponents. The Terps’ ground game — which is typically pretty strong — was limited to just 78 total yards, not breaking the triple-digit mark for the first time this season. To make matters worse and shake up the offense, senior quarterback Perry Hills left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, and senior Caleb Rowe took over, finishing 12-for-23 on 203 yards. The silver lining: Maryland’s 367 yards of total offense is the most against Michigan this season. 

BUCKEYES: Going into last week’s games, the Big Ten had four teams ranked in the top 10. But Ohio State proved the Nebraska Cornhuskers didn’t quite deserve their ranking in a 62-3 beatdown. Per usual, Urban Meyer’s quarterback JT Barrett was unstoppable, throwing 26-for-38 with 290 yards and four touchdowns while adding 39 yards on the ground. After an unexpected loss to Penn State in October, the Buckeyes are spending the rest of their season proving they’re worthy of a College Football Playoff spot. They can’t just win; they have to demolish — which doesn’t bode well for the Terps, whose defense is better than only Rutgers and Purdue in the Big Ten. 



Terrapins: Maryland football doesn’t have a ton of veterans on the team, but it’s pass rushers include some of the more experienced players, and it’s time for them to step up. Led by senior defensive end Roman Braglio and junior linebacker Jermaine Carter, the Terps need to find a way to contain Buckeye quarterback JT Barrett, who can run, boasts a 64.5 completion percentage and spread the ball to 10 different receivers last weekend.

“You can tell how comfortable he is in their scheme,” Durkin said of Barrett. “He has great command of their offense. He’s a great leader. He can beat you throwing the ball or running the ball. Any quarterback who can run and pass presents issues for the defense. He’s one of the best there is in the country.”

Buckeyes: Although the Terps’ quarterback consistency has been shaky at best this season, their ground game has greatly improved. DJ Durkin has emphasized the importance of wide receivers blocking around the perimeter, and it’s mostly worked out and led to long runs from running backs sophomore Ty Johnson and freshman Lorenzo Harrison. However, the Buckeyes’ defense is second in the Big Ten and their rush defense is fourth, and they held the Cornhuskers to 204 yards last weekend — just 78 on the ground. But if the Terps can find an occasional hole, a couple big runs could lead to a momentum swing or even a likely much-needed score.



Maryland Terrapins:

OUT – DB/punt returner Will Likely (ACL), DB Denzel Conyers (ACL), RB Trey Edmunds (foot).

QUESTIONABLE – QB Perry Hills left the game last weekend with a shoulder injury that’s been bothering him all season. Hills is on the depth chart as the starter, but Durkin said he is day-to-day. RB Ty Johnson also exited the Michigan game, but he remains listed as one of the Terps’ potential five starting backs. Senior offensive lineman Mike Dunn didn’t play against Michigan, but he’s also listed as starting this week.

Ohio State Buckeyes:

QUESTIONABLE – RB Mike Weber (shoulder) but he’s on the team’s depth chart.



Line: Ohio State -29.5. It opened at 28 and has only slightly shifted against the Terps.

Over/Under: 57.5.

Against the spread: The Buckeyes are 0-2 ATS on the road in the Big Ten and 1-2 in their last three games.

Prediction: Ohio State 50, Maryland 20

MORE MARYLAND FOOTBALL: DJ Durkin explains Big Ten road loss

March Madness 2018: Sweet 16 TV Schedule, Tip times, announcers, how to watch, live stream

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March Madness 2018: Sweet 16 TV Schedule, Tip times, announcers, how to watch, live stream

The first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament are in  the books.

We witnessed history, with UMBC becoming the first No. 16 seed in men's tournament history to defeat a No. 1 seed, beating Virginia 74-54.

We saw the Ramblers of Loyola Chicago make a Cinderella run, beating Miami and Tennessee on the final possession.

We saw No. 7 Nevada rally from 22 points down to stun No. 2 Cincinnati.

We saw great games, great finishes and great moments.

But now it's time for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

The madness begins again on March 22, with the Sweet 16 taking place Thursday and Friday, with the Elite Eight taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Here is a complete listing of TV channels, tip times and game locations.




Thursday, March 22

7:07 pm — No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (South/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
7:37 pm — No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 7 Texas A&M (West/Los Angeles, Calif), TBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
9:37 pm — No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State (South/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
10:07 pm — No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Florida State (West/Los Angeles, Calif), TBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

Friday, March 23

7:07 pm — No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Clemson (Midwest/Omaha, NE), TBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
7:37 pm — No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 5 West Virginia (East/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
9:37 pm — No. 2 Duke vs. No. 11 Syracuse (Midwest/Omaha, NE), TBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
10:07 pm — No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Texas Tech (East/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce



Saturday, March 24

Time TBD — Nevada/Loyola-Chicago winner vs. Kentucky/Kansas State winner (South Regional Final/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
Time TBD — Michigan/Texas A&M winner vs. Gonzaga vs. Florida State winner (West Regional Final/Los Angeles, Calif.), CBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

Sunday, March 25

Time TBD — Kansas/Clemson winner vs. Duke/Syracuse winner  (Midwest Regional Final/Omaha, NE), CBS. Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
​Time TBD —  Villanova/West Virginia winner vs. Purdue/Texas Tech winner (East Regional Final/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.