Zach wrote a good piece on the lead up to the game. We decided to leave Zach’s article as posted even though Michigan called off the game due to Covid – Ed.
by Zachary Wilson
Coming off a rough and tumble loss to the Hoosiers, the Terps look to right the ship heading into The Big House to face off against the currently troubled Michigan Wolverines (Saturday, 3:30p).
Michigan was coming into the season expecting great things from 6-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, who despite his great successes in the NFL, has yet to lead the Wolverines into the College Football Playoff. Michigan is struggling this year, boasting a 2-4 record. They are only one loss away from tying their worst record in the Harbaugh Era.
As for the direct matchup, Michigan has proved to be the better program as of late, winning the last 5 head to head matchups by at least 21 points. Their all-time record vs Maryland is a strong 8-1. Maryland is struggling against the run so far this year, allowing nearly 230 rushing yards per game and that is last in the Big Ten. This is troubling news considering Wolverine RB Hassan Haskins who has had two straight 100-yard rushing games. Maryland’s key to victory will have to come from Taulia Tagovailoa, who faces a Michigan defense that has so far given up 255.5 passing yards per game.
It should be noted that, on Monday, Michigan had to shut down football activities due to 19 positive Covid tests. Maryland is still planning on playing the game on Saturday.
For Maryland’s bowl game hopes, every single game from this point on is a must win after the prior loss to Indiana. Certainly, they will come out the gate as a team that has far more to gain then their opponent, who seems to be playing out the string of the Harbaugh era.
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