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Maryland Terrapins Football Preview: Predicting the 2015 season

Randy Edsall’s Terps were left for dead before the 2014 season and all that happened was a 6-6 debut season in the Big Ten and a trip to a bowl game. With few expecting much and many knowing the Maryland Terrapins aren’t an easy out anymore, does 2015 look any different?

Other Big Ten Predictions:
WestIowa | Northwestern | Minnesota | Illinois | Nebraska | Purdue
EastMichigan | Rutgers | Penn State | Michigan State

No doubt the Terps caught me a bit off guard last season, predicting a 5-7 record with a 2-6 finish in the Big Ten. Okay, I wasn’t that far off, but this team was a fourth quarter collapse away from a 7-5 season and really making me look stupid.

So, as we enter 2015 what does our crack staff here at talking10 think will happen this time around? Let’s just get to the predictions, shall we.

2015 Maryland Terrapins Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 5
Spiders Richmond Spiders
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
12:00 p.m. ET
ESPNU
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 12
Falcons Bowling Green Falcons
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
12:00 p.m. ET
BTN/BTN2Go
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 19
Bulls USF Bulls
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
12:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2/U/News
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 26
Mountaineers at West Virginia Mountaineers
Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 3
Wolverines Michigan Wolverines
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
8:00 p.m. ET
BTN/BTN2Go
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 10
Buckeyes at Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
12:00 p.m. ET
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 17
Open Date
Saturday
Oct. 24
Nittany Lions Penn State Nittany Lions
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 31
Hawkeyes at Iowa Hawkeyes
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 7
Badgers Wisconsin Badgers (HC)
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
3:30 p.m. ET
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 14
Spartans at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 21
Hoosiers Indiana Hoosiers
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 28
Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Dec. 5
Big Ten Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
8:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets

*courtesy FBSchedules.com

vs. Richmond
Andy: Win
Dave: Win

Say goodbye to FCS scheduling…and the Terps will take advantage of this with a matchup against an okay at best FCS team. Last season the Spiders got shredded by a very bad Virginia team, 45-13, and you can bet Maryland is going to feast mightily in this matchup.

vs. Bowling Green
Andy: Win
Dave: Win

Speaking of feasting, that’s what any and every team did to the Falcons’ defense in 2014. This matchup could really give the new offensive starters the confidence they need to succeed. However, BGSU’s offense isn’t a slouch either and this game could be a bit trickier than some think unless there’s drastic improvement from the Terps’ defense.

vs. USF
Andy: Win
Dave: Win

Willie Taggart has yet to replicate the success he had at Western Kentucky. A lot of it has to do with a lack of strong play at quarterback, and lets just say unless some miracle happens Sean White isn’t going get the job done against Maryland. This one could get embarrassing for the Bulls if they aren’t drastically improved from last season.

at West Virginia
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

The real season starts with this matchup against the Big 12’s West Virginia, and Maryland is going to be brought down to earth with its first loss. Maryland may think it has a lot of its offensive questions answered entering this game, but reality of playing a peer will smack them in the face. Look for the Mountaineers to get a big win here, unlike last season’s 40-37 barn burner.

vs. Michigan
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

It’s really tempting to pick the Terps at home in this matchup, but in a game of chess between Randy Edsall and Jim Harbaugh, I’m picking Harbaugh every time. While I’m not sold things are going to change overnight for the Wolverines, things will change enough to make this game a winnable contest. Michigan finds its run game, and runs Maryland out of its own building.

at Ohio State
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

If last season was a 52-24 loss at home to Ohio State, imagine what the Buckeyes could do at home against the Terps. Let’s just say this game on paper and in any reality isn’t a pretty matchup for Maryland. That Buckeye defensive line against a thin and inexperienced offensive line and quarterback? Let’s just say that’s a recipe for danger for the Terps.

vs. Penn State
Andy: Win
Dave: Win

No game was as bitter and crazy last season in Big Ten play than this matchup, which started with a fight and ended with Maryland getting a crazy win in Happy Valley. What gives the Terps the advantage this time around? Playing at home and having the better special teams group will matter. Look to All-American kicker Brad Craddock to win it with a last-second field goal…only adding fuel to a budding rivalry.

at Iowa
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

Many a team have gone in to Kinnick Stadium and come out losers, Maryland’s first trip will end in a loss it can’t afford to take if it wants to go to a bowl game. Iowa’s defense is good enough to keep up with the Terps, and its offense at least equal to Maryland’s defensive efforts. Give me the home team here, and it may be the difference maker for the pair of coaches’ hopes beyond the 2015 season.

vs. Wisconsin
Andy: Loss
Dave: Win

A disagreement? Oh boy….While it is tempting to see Maryland pulling off the upset, I’m going with the Badgers in this one and it’s all because of its run game. Maryland’s defense hasn’t gotten that good overnight, while Corey Clement may end up being the best running back in the Big Ten when 2015 is all said and done. Winning on the road usually means controlling the ball, and Clement will give the Badgers that advantage and the win en route to a huge end to the season.

at Michigan State
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

Michigan State gets a break in its tough schedule with this matchup, and frankly its frightening to think what the likes of Jack Allen and Jack Conklin will do to the Terps defensive line. It’s equally frightening to think what Shilique Calhoun will do to a pair of freshman tackles that Maryland will put out there. This game is a mismatch at every level, and its in East Lansing to boot. Not….even….close.

vs. Indiana
Andy: Win
Dave: Win

Should Maryland want to get to a bowl game, it is likely that the last two games of the season are going to have to be wins. A home game against Indiana won’t be an automatic win to say the least, but if there’s a defense made to stop Indiana’s heavy passing attack it is the Terps. That will be the difference maker in this contest, as Maryland sets itself up for a huge revenge game against its partners in flipping to the B1G — Rutgers.

at Rutgers
Andy: Loss
Dave: Loss

How cruel is college football? Rutgers got the easier matchup in the bowl season thanks to a crazy second half comeback in the season finale last year, while Maryland got crushed against UCLA in one of the biggest mismatches of the bowl season. Revenge will be on the mind (I don’t care what coach-speak will tell you) in this matchup, but once again Rutgers’ will find a way to get the job done, this time at home. Look for the Rutgers run game to be the difference maker here.

Maryland’s 2015 Final Record/Big Ten Finish:

Andy: 5-7 (2-6)/6th in Big Ten East
Dave: 6-6 (3-5)/6th in Big Ten East

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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