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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.

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
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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
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Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 14
Wildcats Northwestern Wildcats
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Time TBA
ESPN/ESPN2
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Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 21
Badgers at Wisconsin Badgers
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Noon ET
TV TBA
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Tickets
Saturday
Oct. 28
Hoosiers Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
3:30 or 4pm ET
TV TBA
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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
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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.
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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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