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Terps travel to Ann Arbor to take on one of the top defenses in the country

October 02, 2018 - 3:31 pm

 Maryland is coming off a bye week and heading straight to a top 20 team: Michigan.   No. 15 Michigan has one of the top defenses in the country and also leads the Big Ten conference in passing defense.    

 Matt Canada was asked earlier today on how to keep the momentum going after beating Minnesota and coming off a bye week,“ you’re in the Big Ten, every week is a big week, were treating every week the same...but it is a tremendous challenge and they are a great, great football team and we know that.”   

   In order for Maryland to compete with another ranked team, they need to continue the momentum.  How they played against Temple is not how you compete in the Big Ten.  Against Temple, quarterback Kasim Hill went 7-for-17 for 56 yards.  He doubled his passing yards two weeks ago against Minnesota going 10-for-14 for 117 yards.  A defensive weapon for the Terps is transfer senior linebacker Tre Watson.  Watson had 11 tackles, a sack, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the game against the Gophers.  Maryland has plenty of other tools, on both offense and defense, to play well on Saturday.     

   This year Michigan has been able to put up high scores on at least three of their games this year.  Unfortunately, these teams were unranked, but they did hit a block playing Northwestern on Saturday letting the Wildcats put the points on the board first.  In the second half, Michigan put a stop to the scoring and added some points of their own, defeating Northwestern 20-17. 

  First time Maryland faced Michigan, was when the Terps first became a part of the Big Ten back in 2013.  Terps won 23-16 under Coach Randy Edsall.  Since then, Maryland has not been able to stay ahead of the Wolverines. 

  As of today, the only players who are definitely out for the game against Michigan are running backs Jake Funk and Lorenzo Harrison.  One important injury to be noted is Darnell Savage Jr. who left the game against Minnesota and did not come back in.   The past injuries were offensive linemen Damian Prince and Derwin Gray.  That also included defensive back Damian Prince who missed the Minnesota game; although today, according to interim coach Matt Canada,  “everybody else will, hopefully, be back on Saturday.” 

  Maryland plays the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday.