Time: Saturday, Oct. 7, 4:00 PM
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Maryland gave us a scare at the beginning of the season. They had an offensive onslaught in an away game at Texas and were looking to be yet another annoyingly somehow good Big Ten team that Ohio State would have to slave off to try and power into the playoff.
The two-week Cinderella story imploded in a humbling 28-point loss to UCF at home, and the rest of the conference breathed a sigh of relief. Well, I suppose just like five teams in the conference did. But still.
The Bucks should win, with ease. Maryland is pretty offensive heavy it seems, and that’s still not saying much. Geez, let’s just get to the Penn State game already…
Who will show up for the Bucks:
Demario McCall gave himself some breathing room with a breakout week against Rutgers, but he has still much to prove when the dudes that you have to split time with are J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber.
Urban should have no moral issue with giving all three backs numerous touches on Saturday, and McCall needs to take advantage of this. Back-to-back 100-yard games would keep his future as a feature (or even just dual) running back afloat.
Who they got:
Maryland’s offense put up 51 on Texas, their hardest opponent thus far, and have failed to break above 38 the past two weeks. Not sure how to explain that one.
Their receiver, D.J. Moore, has over 400 yards and five touchdowns on the season. This highlights the mindset of what inconsistent teams do in a dry-spell or in doubt – chuck it up to the really good wide-out. Look for him to exploit a growing OSU secondary. Just a bit. Until he gets double-covered.
OSU – 45
Maryland – 7
I’ve been getting dangerously close with my predictions, and one of them has to land sooner or later. Especially us beating Nebraska 100-0 because, you know, it’s just bound to happen.
Maryland will probably get lucky, or maybe it will be truly earned, on a deep-ball to Moore, or some freshman who is wide-open while he gets all the attention. The Bucks will exploit a Maryland secondary who also has struggled a fair amount.
Maybe J.T. will go for eight different receivers to catch a touchdown pass this time.