Terrapins look for the upset as they head to the Columbus to take on the 10th ranked Buckeyes

Written by: Garin Turner
The Maryland Terrapins (3-1, 1-0 Big 10) travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the No. 10 Ohio Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big 10) in a game that might be closer than what people may have thought at the beginning of the season. The game will be shown on FOX at 3pm central time. The game is Ohio State’s homecoming. Maryland started off the year with an upset victory over the Texas Longhorns and a road victory over Minnesota last week that opened up conference play. The Terrapins other win was against Townson in the second week of the season. Their lone loss came at the hands of UCF two weeks ago.

Maryland has done all of this with three different quarterbacks this season. As they’re on their third string QB Max Bortenschlager after season ending knee injuries to Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill forced Bortenschlager into action. The Terrapins will want to take as much pressure off of him as possible and that beings with the running game. Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison III both have 46 carries on the season. Johnson has 411 yards and four touchdowns while Harrison III has 201 yards.

When Bortenschlager does drop back he’ll be looking to D.J. Moore who has 30 receptions for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Teams have been able to move the ball through the air against Ohio State this year but with a third string QB the Buckeyes might bring constant pressure throughout the game. Bortenschlager can give his team the best chance by not turning the ball over. He’s 34/56 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Maryland defense has its work cut out for them as they’ll try to slow down an Ohio State team that’s averaging 564.8 yards a game, good for 5th in the country and 11th in scoring with 42.6 points a game.

For the Buckeyes, their offense seems to be clicking finally following back to back 50 plus games. The lone loss for the Buckeyes came against Oklahoma in the second game of the season. Quarterback J.T. Barrett continues to work on becoming a pocket passer and using his legs less. Coming into Saturday’s game, he is 91/143 for 1,252 yards with 13 touchdowns and just one interception. Barrett is the team’s second leading rusher with 52 carries for 252 yards and two touchdowns.

J.K. Dobbins is the leading rusher for the Buckeyes with 75 carries for 573 yards and three touchdowns. The numbers for the receiving corps are eye opening. 16 different Buckeyes have caught a pass this season. Together they have 119 receptions for 1,630 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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