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Terrapins Football Week 2 Preview

Opponent: at Bowling Green 6:00 PM ET

The last time that Maryland has played Bowling Green was in 2015 when Randy Edsall was still the head coach. On that day, the Terps led 13-6 at halftime in College Park, but played poorly after halftime,which was extended by an hour because of a weather delay, and lost 48-27. The Bowling Green Falcons scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. That is the only matchup between the two teams in their program’s history.

Players to Watch

WR Scott Miller – Bowling Green: Miller had a huge performance against 24th ranked Oregon last week. Miller gained 166 yards on 13 catches, while also reaching the end zone twice. One of his touchdowns went for 63 yards, which is just an indication of his explosiveness. Maryland must look to prevent Miller from catching a long touchdown, especially since they already gave one up last week against Texas.

HB Ty Johnson – Maryland: The senior halfback only gained 30 yards on 11 carries last week against Texas, so look for him to try and bounce back in a big way against Bowling Green. Johnson has over 2000 career rushing yards, so the talent and previous production are there. With being a senior and also being productive over his career, Johnson should get a lot of touches against a much worse defense than the Texas team they played last week.

QB Kasim Hill – Maryland: The true sophomore started last weeks game against Texas and did play well. However, Tyrrell Pigrome also got some action at quarterback throughout the game. It is crucial for Hill to continue to play well over the next few weeks to tighten his grasp on the starting job before Maryland enters conference play.

Kasim Hill will look to grab firm hold of the starting job before Big 10 play starts up.

Keys to the Game

Prevent Big Plays: Maryland must preven big plays in order to keep Bowling Green from having a chance. It will be very challenging for the Falcons to move the ball up and down the field against an improved Terrapins defense. If Maryland prevents chunk yardage, they should hold Bowling Green’s offense in check.

Get the Run Game Going: Play action and pre-snap motion is a huge part of interim head coach Matt Canada’s offense. This makes it even more important that Johnson and Co. bounce back from a pedestrian day on the ground last week. Maryland should be able to rush for overs 200 yards today with hopes of putting up big numbers across the board in today’s contest.

Prediction

Maryland:41

Bowling Green: 20

 

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