Breaking it down: Terps set for high-powered BGSU passing attack
Who: Bowling Green vs. Maryland
When: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Byrd Stadium, Maryland
TV: Big Ten Network
Spread: Maryland -7.5
Matchup to watch: Matt Johnson vs. Maryland DB’s
For all the hype the speed of SEC defenses get, Matt Johnson threw for 424 yards and ripped apart the Tennessee secondary. Now, the Volunteers were without their defensive backs coach, but that’s still saying something. What is Maryland’s best strength? Containing big-play receivers. Sean Davis and William Likely are one of the top cornerback duos in the country, which they showed last week against Richmond. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Falcons try to get Ronnie Moore some looks in the slot and avoid individual matchups against the Terps’ talented defensive backfield.
Thing I’m excited to see: William Likely touch the football
Punting the ball out of bounds, for some reason, has become somewhat of a cowardly move even if it’s the smart one. Likely was punted to eight times and set a Big Ten record with 233 yards last week. How that happens, I’ll never know. I do know that Bowling Green punter Joseph Davidson averaged 49 yards per punt last week, including one that sailed 59 yards. I’m not saying kickers have egos, but Davidson might not be the most likely to want to play it safe. Let’s all just hope that he takes the challenge head on and Likely gets to do what he does best.
Number to remember: 341
Remember when Maryland ripped off 341 rushing yards last week? Remember when the Terps nearly tripled last year’s average? Remember when Brandon Ross started 2015 with a career high 150 rushing yards? You should remember all of these things well. A major concern coming into 2015 was Maryland’s lack of a rushing attack, and really a lack of a feature back. It’s early, but Ross looked ready for the part last week. Oh, and by the way, Bowling Green allowed 399 yards and six TD’s on the ground to Tennessee. Get your track shoes ready.
Prediction: Maryland 38, Bowling Green 35
The snap is down…the kick is up…and it’s…GOOD! IT’S GOOD! Craddock’s kick wins it for the Terps! I’m calling the first game-winner of the season for the Lou Groza award recipient. I say both teams rush for a whole mess of yards and exchange touchdowns in the second half until a Brad Craddock buzzer-beater field goal wins it. Sign me up for some of that.