Maryland at Temple: The Terps look to avenge last year's shocking upset

Maryland at Temple: The Terps look to avenge last year's shocking upset

Maryland made a statement in a blowout win over Syracuse in Week 2. Now as Week 3 approaches, they will look to avoid the same stumbling block they tripped over last season. Maryland was shocked at home by Temple in 2018. Can they repay the Owls in Philadelphia by handing them their first loss under first-year head coach Rod Carey (12 p.m., CBSSN)?

Here are five things to know for Saturday’s game.

Maryland is ranked for the first time since 2013

As Maryland heads to Philadelphia, they will do so as the No. 21 ranked team in the nation. This marks the first time the Terps have been ranked since 2013 when the school was still a member of the ACC. Maryland earned the ranking after a 4-0 start which included a 37-0 drubbing of West Virginia.

Climbing all the way to 21 is an even rarer achievement for the Terps. You have to go all the way back to November 2006  fro the last time Maryland was ranked that high.

Maryland has the top scoring offense in the nation

Mike Locksley won the Broyles Award last season given to the nation’s top college football coaching assistant as the offensive coordinator for Alabama. Locksley was the coordinator who unleashed the Tua Tagovailoa offense that captivated the nation for much of the year. It appears that offensive prowess followed Locksley to College Park as the Terps currently boast the top scoring offense in the nation and it’s not close.

It may be a small sample size of only two games, but the Terps are averaging 71 points per game which is nine points more than No. 2 Penn State. Maryland put up 79 points against Howard, but it is easy to dismiss those results given that it came against an FCS opponent. What makes it impressive is how the Terps were able to follow up that first performance with a 63-point effort against ranked Syracuse.

The Terps lost to Temple last season

If you went through Maryland’s schedule before the season, it would be easy to gloss over the Temple game as an easy win, but not so fast. Just one year ago, the Owls came into College Park and stunned the Terps with a dominant 35-24 win.

Just like this year, Maryland was 2-0. Just like this year, one of the Terps’ two wins came against a ranked team as Maryland shocked Texas in Week 1 at FedEx Field.

The loss proved to be a costly one as the Terps finished with a record of 5-7 falling just one win shy of bowl eligibility. That should emphasize the importance of this game. The Big Ten East is brutal and, with all due respect to Temple, these are the wins Maryland has to have if they hope to reach that magic number of six wins.

Josh Jackson could be the key

In last year’s game against Temple, one of the major reasons the Terps lost was because the offense had zero pass attack.

Quarterbacks Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome combined for just eight completions on 21 attempts with 63 passing yards in a dismal effort. Maryland is a team that likes to run the ball and that’s fine, but unless you are an option team it is hard to find much success when you are limited to just 63 passing yards in a game. Overall, Maryland was held to fewer than 200 yards on offense as the Temple defense put together a completely dominant performance.

Having Jackson under center, however, gives the Terps an edge they did not have last year. The Terps may still try to run the ball down the Owls throats, but Jackson gives the team a dangerous quarterback who can open up the passing game in a way Hill and Pigrome simply could not.

It’s hard to know what to expect from Temple

You never know what exactly a team is early in the season, but that is especially true of Temple. The Owls have played only one game this season, a 56-12 win over FCS Bucknell, before getting a bye in Week 2. To make Temple even more difficult to figure out, they also have a new head coach this year in Rod Carey.

One thing that will at least be the same is quarterback Anthony Russo who made his first career start last year against Maryland. In that game, he threw for 228 passing yards and one touchdown. He was fantastic against Bucknell as he threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns.

Bowl season: Penn State, UVA get New Year's Six, the Hokies bowl shuffle and Navy's tough draw

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Bowl season: Penn State, UVA get New Year's Six, the Hokies bowl shuffle and Navy's tough draw

The regular season is over, the conference championships decided and the playoff bracket is set. Yes, it's bowl season. Bowl bids were handed out on Sunday and Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Navy all found out their postseason fates.

Here's where each team is headed this bowl season:

Penn State vs. Memphis, Cotton Bowl Classic on Saturday, Dec. 28

Ohio State is headed to the College Football Playoff and the Big Ten's Rose Bowl bid is going to Wisconsin. Penn State, however, managed to squeak into the New Year's Six as the No. 10 team in the nation. They will take on Group of 5 representative Memphis who won the AAC.

Virginia vs. Florida, Orange Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30

The Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history. More on this game here.

Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky, Belk Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31

The Belk Bowl always seemed like the likely destination for Virginia Tech, but their opponent was a bit of a mystery. If you were following along on Twitter before things were made official, the Hokies were supposed to play Mississippi State, then it was Tennessee, then Kentucky, then Tennesse again and then back to Kentucky.

Now it's official and we know for sure it will be Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky.

The issue was reportedly Tennessee changing its bowl preference at the last minute.

Navy vs. Kansas State, Liberty Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31

Kansas State is the only team in the nation with a win over a College Football Playoff team. They defeated Oklahoma 48-41 in October.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo had the quote of the day about his team's matchup.


Virginia is Orange Bowl bound for the first time ever

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Virginia is Orange Bowl bound for the first time ever

The Virginia Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl where they will play the Florida Gators on Dec. 30 it was announced Sunday. The Cavaliers were smoked by Clemson to the tune of 62-17 in Saturday's ACC Championship Game thus cementing the Tigers' spot in the College Football Playoff. With the conference champs in the playoff, the ACC's Orange Bowl bid then fell to the Cavaliers as the next highest-ranked ACC team.

This will be Virginia's first-ever trip to the Orange Bowl.

The Hoos' opponent will be 10-2 Florida. The Gators finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final College Football Playoff rankings after a season in which their only two losses came go No. 1 LSU in Death Valley and No. 5 Georgia in a neutral site game in Jacksonville.

This is the third-straight bowl season for Bronco Mendenhall in his four seasons at UVA. Last season the Cavaliers won a decisive 28-0 victory over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. A nine-win regular season was Virginia's first since 2007 and clinched the team's first-ever Coastal Division championship. The reward has thus far been a game against undefeated Clemson and another top-ten team in Florida. Virginia, however, will have much more time to prepare for the Gators than they did against the Tigers. They also will not be coming off an emotional rivalry win like they were in ACC Championship Game, playing just one week after their first win over rival Virginia Tech since 2003. It also gives time for star quarterback Bryce Perkins to heal who appeared to be ailing and grabbing his chest towards the end of the loss to Clemson.