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Maryland Terrapins Football Preview: Predicting the 2017 season

How does the talking10 staff see the 2017 Maryland Terrapins football season going down? It’s time for game-by-game predictions.

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Finally, a week (ok, maybe a bit longer) of previewing the Maryland Terrapins 2017 season has come to this.

Yes, we’re talking about finally getting down to predicting the season ahead.

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The concept is simple. 12 games, 5 staff members and predictions galore. Yes, we challenge our entire staff to predict game-by-game just how the 2017 season is going to go.

Simple enough, right? So let’s dive in and see how the staff believes the season will go for the Terps in 2017.

2017 Maryland Terrapins Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 2
Longhorns at Texas Longhorns
Darrell K Royal – TX Mem. Stadium, Austin, TX
Noon ET
FS1
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 9
Tigers Towson Tigers
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 16
OFF
Saturday
Sep. 23
Knights UCF Knights
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 30
Gophers at Minnesota Golden Gophers
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 7
Buckeyes at Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
3:30 or 4pm ET
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 14
Wildcats Northwestern Wildcats
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
ESPN/ESPN2
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 21
Badgers at Wisconsin Badgers
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Noon ET
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 28
Hoosiers Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
3:30 or 4pm ET
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 4
Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 11
Wolverines Michigan Wolverines
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 18
Spartans at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Nov. 25
Nittany Lions Penn State Nittany Lions
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
TV TBA
Buy
Tickets

*courtesy of FBschedules.com.

Our publisher, Andy Coppens, once again is back to give you his raw thoughts on each of the games as he predicted them. We’ll also get views from the others making picks throughout the other preview weeks to come.

So, let’s just get in to it.

Andy’s Take: Texas may not be what it once was, but with new head coach Tom Herman in the fold and the program still recruiting at a high level, you can bet the Longhorns won’t be long for being down on the college football pecking order. Look for Herman’s offense to give Maryland fits, but for this to be closer than some would expect given the brand names of these two programs.

 

Andy’s Take: After a Week 1 trip to Austin, Maryland returns home to face an FCS foe. If this doesn’t go well, look for a long season ahead. Towson aren’t a bad FCS team, but they aren’t elite either. Maryland’s run game and improving defensive depth should be enough to get by rather easily in this game.

 

Andy’s Take: Last season, these two improving teams met in Orlando for a really good game. Maryland won 30-24 on the road, and I expect them to hold serve at home. Although I am a little surprised to see all of our staff members getting in on the Terps here. Scott Frost’s offense is going to need to step up if the Knights want to pull the upset. I’ll bank on Durkin getting the defense going just enough to pull of another win in under double digits.

 

Andy’s Take: Which division is deeper all-around? It’s a question not often asked, but the assumed answer has been the East division as of late. We’ll get a good idea on where that stands early on in the season with this matchup in Minneapolis. Once again, full agreement from the staff here as well. For me, it simply comes down to Minnesota’s versatile rushing attack against a defensive front seven that had a lot to prove. I’ll go with the hosts in a really telling game for where both programs are heading in the Big Ten.

 

Andy’s Take: After a few weeks of agreement, this is the game where the staff isn’t uniform in its picks…really? Alas, Rayan believes that Maryland is going to pull off the upset of the season here. It certainly would be a positive sign, but winning in Columbus with this many question marks? That’s too rich for my blood. I also don’t like Mike Weber and J.T. Barrett against the Terps secondary. Ultimately, this will be a reminder of just how big the gulf still is between OSU and Maryland. OSU big for me.

 

Andy’s Take: Once again, Rayan is high on the Terps, while the rest of the staff loves some Northwestern. Once again, the hosts are faced with arguably the second-best quarterback-running back combination in the Big Ten. Once again, I don’t like that matchup for a defense that hasn’t proven it can stop the run game at all. Add in a Northwestern defense that is at least adequate if not really good and it’s a recipe for a home loss for the Terps.

 

Andy’s Take: Brutal doesn’t even begin to describe the middle of Maryland’s schedule. It also doesn’t begin to describe how it has played against the Wisconsin Badgers either. Wisconsin and Maryland will meet for the third time as members of the Big Ten this season, and UW has won the previous two by a combined 83-31. Both teams come in to the season with questions at quarterback, but the Badgers are far superior on defense. I’ll take the better defense and the home team for 1,000 Alex.

 

Andy’s Take: Once again, we have a lone wolf out there..this time not in favor of Durkin’s crew. Instead, Zach believes that Tom Allen’s crew will come in to Maryland’s home stadium and do the business. While I would’ve agreed with him most seasons, I’m not sold that Richard Lagow is the answer at quarterback and that’s a problem for the Hoosiers. Look for Maryland’s jump in performance on both sides of the ball to make all the difference here. In fact, dare I say this has the potential to be the Terps largest Big Ten win of the season? I do…I do indeed.

 

Andy’s Take: Just as I believe the Terps will make a jump, I also believe that the Chris Ash-led Rutgers program is capable of making a surprising jump in year two. The quarterback situation seems much more settled and defensively Ash is building something I like, albeit quietly. If there is one thing we do know about this game is that it should be wildly entertaining (last season’s affair aside). Interestingly enough, I expect a defensive battle this time around and I’ll go on a limb to say Rutgers will have the better one on the day (although not the year).

 

Andy’s Take: Who will the Michigan Wolverines be in 2017? Few really know as we sit here today, but one thing I do know is that Michigan has a lot more talent stockpiled than the Terps do. Wilton Speight is a quality quarterback and the defense appears ready to just go all “next man up” on us all. Give me Michigan in an easy one in College Park. Much like Ohio State, there’s just too big a gulf between these two teams.

 

Andy’s Take: Maryland desperately wants this game to be its rivalry game in the Big Ten. It got off to a good start, what with a pre-game fight and a victory over the Nittany Lions in the first game. Even a 1-point loss to Penn State in 2015 was a good sign. Last season’s 38-13 regression…not so much. It appears that Penn State has found its offensive voice, and I fully expect the Nittany Lions to keep their eye on a potential East division title here. Look for a closer game and if an upset does happen, welcome to a real rivalry.

 

SEASON RECORDS:

Andy: 4-8 overall (2-7 B1G)
Dave: 5-7 overall (3-6 B1G)
Phil: 4-8 overall (2-7 B1G)
Philip: 4-8 overall (2-7 B1G)
Rayan: 6-6 overall (4-5 B1G)
Zach: 3-9 overall (1-8 B1G)

OUR PREDICTED 2016 BIG TEN STANDINGS: 

West:
1.
2.
3. Minnesota (Andy)
4. Minnesota (Dave/Philip/Rayan/Zach)
5. Minnesota (Phil)
6.
7.

East:
1.
2.
3.
4. Maryland (Dave)
5. Maryland (Phil/Rayan)
6. Maryland (Philip)
7. Maryland (Andy/Zach)

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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Maryland at Ohio State: Is Maryland Ready To Close The Gap?

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When: Sat. Oct. 7; 4:00 pm ET
Where: Columbus, OH; Ohio Stadium (104,944)
TV: Fox
All-Time Series: Ohio State leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Ohio State won 62-3 last year
Line: Ohio State (-31)

Join our Andy Coppens as we take an in-depth look at the questions to be answered, key stats to watch and of course the key players as the Maryland Terrapins travel West for a matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Some wonder just where the Terps place is in the Big Ten pecking order…we’ve got the answer…well sorta.

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Kasim Hill’s injury spells end to promising 2017 for Terps

Maryland’s worst fears were realized on Tuesday as a second quarterback is out for the year with an ACL tear.

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One thing was made abundantly clear following Kasim Hill’s injury on Saturday afternoon against UCF. This team needs a dynamic quarterback to be a winner.

The worst of fears about the extent of Hill’s injury were realized on Tuesday, as head coach D.J. Durkin announced Hill had suffered a season-ending ACL tear. He suffered the injury after throwing just one pass for 8 yards in the first quarter of the game.

UCF was going to be Hill’s stiffest test on defense, but he never had a chance to get going as this injury happened so suddenly and so early in the game.

Durkin let us know that Hill’s character was already shining through in this tough situation while addressing the media on Tuesday.

“He’ll bounce back,” said Durkin “He’s got a bright future in football both here and beyond. I think that’s pretty clear. That guy’s a phenomenal talent and that doesn’t even compare to the type of person he is. He’s got a great attitude about it, he’s looking this thing right in the face saying let’s go get it. He’ll have surgery, rehab and be back with us when time allows.”

On Saturday, junior Max Bortenschlager stepped up in Hill’s place. Let’s just say there is a reason he was third on the depth chart heading in to the season.

Bortenschlager isn’t that dynamic quarterback Maryland needs to be successful to say the least, throwing for just 132 yards and a touchdown to two interceptions against the Knights on Saturday.

Sure, he didn’t have the luxury of a full-week of game prep, but he’s been the backup quarterback since Week 1 and should’ve been ready to go in to the game. He’s also had plenty of experience coming off the bench and being part of a quarterback rotation prior to this weekend.

The problem is, Maryland’s formula for winning this season has largely been based off of a dynamic quarterback who can keep defenses honest, run the ball and thus allow the rest of the running backs room to roam too.

Now what for the Terps offense and the 2017 season?

It is time for Walt Bell to totally re-think his offensive scheme going forward. Whether it is Bortenschlager or even Caleb Henderson taking the snaps going forward, both are better suited as pocket passers than spread read-option first quarterbacks.

It’s like the Terps have to flip their offensive 180 degrees and must do so with no time to prepare ahead of the Big Ten season.

Maryland’s saving grace here? Well, it may be in the fact that having to go through quarterbacks like it is going out of style is actually old hat for them. This weekend will mark the fourth time in six seasons that the Terps have had to start three different quarterbacks in the same season.

Is it any wonder they haven’t been successful in the past, and seem to be dead in the water for 2017 too?

We’ll see if the run game is enough to carry this team to bowl eligibility, because the Terps defense seems unable to stop anyone so far this season.

But, it is hard to see Hill’s injury as anything but completely devastating to Maryland’s chances of contending at all in 2017.

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UCF Knights at Maryland Terrapins: Preview, predictions and prognostications

Maryland and UCF played a wild one in 2016. Can we expect more of the offensive fireworks in the re-match?

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What’s better than feasting your eyes on our weekly previews here at talking10? How about feasting your eyes and ears too? That’s exactly what we’ll bring each week going forward as we flip our previews over to talking10TV every week.

Same great formula, just a new format.

Up first is our look at the UCF Knights traveling to College Park, Md. to take on the Maryland Terrapins.

When: Sat.; Sept. 23; 3pm ET
Where: College Park, Md.; Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium (51,802)
TV: FS1
All-Time Series: Maryland leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Terps 30, UCF 24 (2ot) (2016)
Line: Maryland (-4)

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Our Philip Rossman-Reich breaks down the game for you.

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talking10 Power Poll: Surprises galore in Week 1 poll

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We’re back…after a long offseason, the staff is finally back to watching football, crunching numbers and giving you our opinions on all things Big Ten football.

It also means our weekly staff Power Poll is back as well.

This season we’ve got five staff members voting every week. That includes the following names:

Andy Coppens@AndyOnFootball

Phil Harrison@PhilHarrisonCFB

Philip Rossmann-Reich – @RiseNU

Dave Fitzgerald@BuckeyeFitzy

Zach Worthington@Worthyton

Normally the opening week of the season provides little in the way of knowledge, but that certainly wasn’t the case in 2017. Dare we say the first week of action for the Big Ten was highly entertaining?

You can say that, and we did over at the #B1GRewind Show.

But, how did all of that excitement shake out when it came time to vote? Let’s take a look at the official poll for Week 1:

Let’s just say things were a bit wackier than usual, huh?

Takeaways:

  • Only three teams lost this week, yet it was a winner, Illinois, coming up dead last and it wasn’t even close. The Illini’s unimpressive three-point win was also our winner for “Disappointment of the Week” on the #B1GRewind show…so perhaps their last place finish in the power poll this week was really warranted. It also appears that hanging tough with ranked teams meant a lot to our voters.
  • While the rest of the college football world is in love with Ohio State…our staff is much more in love with the Nittany Lions…well not “much more” but they won out with three first place votes and OSU falling outside the top two in one voters mind.
  • It appears there is going to be an interesting battle for the middle of the pack over the next few weeks. Michigan State was No. 7 in this poll, but had just a three-point lead on No. 10 Nebraska. Let’s just say the next few weeks should shake out the middle a bit more.
  • Speaking of close fights…the battle between Michigan and Wisconsin for the third spot should be an interesting one indeed. Can Wisconsin’s offense keep up the high-scoring and keep UW ahead or will Michigan’s exciting youth movement grow up fast enough to challenge for the top of the East division and thus our poll as well?
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