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Maryland vs. Indiana: Can the Terps keep Indiana’s pass attack grounded?

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Maryland vs. Indiana: Can the Terps keep Indiana’s pass attack grounded?

Maryland (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) was handed a humbling 40-14 loss lost week by a Purdue team without its starting quarterback or star receiver. This week, they hope to get back on track against Indiana (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten). The game is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on the Big Ten Network.

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

Tyrrell Pigrome is expected to start

Quarterback Josh Jackson returned to practice this week, but there is no timetable yet for his return and Tyrrell Pigrome is expected to get the start again. Against Purdue, Pigrome completed 21 out of 39 passes for 218 yards and two interceptions. He added another 107 yards on the ground with 13 carries.

Needing Pigrome to attempt 39 passes is not a recipe for success. He is much better on the ground than through the air, but the Terps had no choice as the Boilermakers jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

With Pigrome under center, the Terps have got to get the ground game working. If they end up playing from behind again it will force them into more passing situations and limit what they can do on the ground which is the strength of this offense.

Indiana’s strength on offense is its pass attack

In contrast to Maryland’s offense, Indiana likes to throw the ball. Both teams are comparable in terms of total offense with the Terps averaging 439 total yards per game and the Hoosiers averaging 438.2. Where they differ is in the pass attack where Maryland averages 226.2 passing yards per game while Indiana averages 302.8.

Indiana freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been great after returning from injury. In his past two games, he has thrown three touchdown passes in each with over a 60-percent completion percentage. One of those games was against Michigan State which is no slouch on defense.

That’s not an ideal matchup considering the Terps rank 113th in passing defense, giving up 279.7 yards per game.

Indiana allowed 1 passing yard to Rutgers

Rutgers is bad at football. That is not exactly breaking news, but even bad football teams do not usually get embarrassed the way Indiana’s defense embarrassed the Scarlet Knights.

Maryland held Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan to 13 completions for 163 yards when they played. Indiana, who played Rutgers just last week, held him to five completions and one yard.

It’s hard to do much better than that.

Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in pass defense so this could prove to be a very long day for Pigrome.

Indiana is 0-2 when allowed 140 rushing yards or more

The silver-lining for Maryland is that they want to run the football and, so far, teams that have been able to do so against Indiana have found success. In the Hoosier’s two losses this season, both times the defense gave up more than 140 rushing yards. Ohio State torched Indiana for 306 while Michigan State managed 142.

Maryland is averaging 212.8 yards on the ground this season. In last year’s matchup, the Terps managed a whopping 353 rushing yards...but still lost.

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Vermont vs Virginia basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

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Vermont vs Virginia basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

The unbeaten Virginia Cavaliers continue their title defense as they play host to the undefeated Vermont Catamounts Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. 

Virginia is coming off an 18-point win over Columbia on Saturday and Vermont are riding a narrow victory over St. Johns. 

The seventh-ranked Cavaliers are heavy favorites hosting Vermont and should be able to care of business on their home floor. 

If you plan on watching the game, here is all the information you'll need to view the game on NBC Sports Washington. 

#7 Virginia Cavaliers vs. Vermont Catamounts How to Watch

What: Virginia Cavaliers vs Vermont Catamounts
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder, Daily TV listings)
Radio: (99.5 FM; 950 AM)


Virginia Cavaliers vs. Vermont Catamounts Preview

Conference: ACC, America-East
Record: Virginia (3-0), Vermont (4-0)
Last Game: 60-42 Win vs. Columbia, 11/16 (Virginia), 70-68 win at St. Johns, 11/16 (Vermont)
Leading Scorers: Mamadi Diakite 14.7 ppg (Virginia), Anthony Lamb, 18.3ppg (Vermont)

The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season

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The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season

From massive comebacks to cartwheels, to rabid bats and even the rare signs of life from Northwestern's offense, this weeks' college football action truly had it all.

Here are the seven craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season.

Ohio lineman does cartwheel during a play

MACtion was in full swing on Tuesday with a game between Western Michigan and Ohio. Unless you went to either of those schools, you probably don't care. I bring it up, however, because of one glorious play in which an offensive lineman did a cartwheel.

This wasn't a fun touchdown celebration, this wasn't a taunt after a big play. This was, the ball is snapped, the play is being run and this dude straight up does a cartwheel while people around him are playing actual football.

Make no mistake, this was planned. That was an actual play in Ohio's playbook. He did it immediately off the snap. Quarterback Nathan Rourke threw a 25-yard completion on the play so I guess you would have to say it worked. Hopefully, that means more of this in the future.

Michigan State wore their helmets on the bus to the Michigan game

Trying to motivate a group of college kids throughout an entire season is tough. Some coaches are masters at it. There are some techniques, however, that fall flat. I think you can put this one in the latter category.

Michigan State played rival Michigan on Saturday and the Spartans got off the bus on the way to the game with their helmets already strapped on. I guess the message was supposed to be that they were ready to play. The message that actually sent was, we are all out of ideas so here's something we will be mocked for when it doesn't work.

Michigan State lost to Michigan 44-10.

There were rabid bats at Mississippi State

First off, here's wishing the Alabama quarterback a speedy recovery. As it was the biggest story of the week, I would be remiss not to mention it when talking about the Alabama-Mississippi State game.

Tagovailoa's injury overshadowed what I thought would be the biggest story coming out of Starkville: rabid bats.

From great catch to miraculous fumble

This was just whacky. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor made an incredible one-handed catch as he grabbed a ball thrown behind him. A great play quickly turned into a disaster as he turned up the field and tucked the ball, but immediately had it punched out for a fumble.

We have all seen players tiptoe down the sideline, but not often do you see a ball do it. Luckily for Nebraska, Lamar Jackson pounced on the loose ball while the rest of his teammates stood watching seemingly oblivious to the fact that the ball was live.

Columbia had a punt blocked by the butt of its own player

You have heard of the butt fumble, but how about the butt punt block?

Northwestern scores 45 points

What happens when a stoppable force meets a movable object? That was the question on everyone's mind in Evanston when Northwestern met UMass.

Northwestern's offense entered the week averaging 11.1 points per game. That's not just the worst scoring offense among Power 5 teams this year, it is the worst of the decade. Its previous season-high for points was 30 which it scored against UNLV. So how in the world did the Wildcats manage to put up 45 points? Because UMass just so happens to be one of the worst teams in the FBS this year.

Running back Evan Hull went off for Northwestern with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns to give the illusion of a competent offense. That won't last as next week they play Minnesota.

Oklahoma overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Baylor

Oklahoma has an illustrious history. Since 1895, the Sooners have won seven national titles. One thing they had never done? Overcome a 25-point deficit.

Oklahoma did just that on Saturday on the road against an undefeated Baylor team and without its top wide receiver in CeeDee Lamb. Somehow, the Sooners managed to rally to win the game 34-31 with an incredible second-half performance to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.