247 Sports analyst lists toughest game, trap game left on Ohio State's schedule
Trap games are bound to show up on the schedule. Where is the trap game for Ohio State entering the 2nd half of the season? How about the toughest game?
According to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer, the Buckeyes should be keeping a close eye on Maryland as a worthy adversary to pull off the upset in College Park. The Terps have played inspiring football this season behind the arm of quarterback Taulia Tagoviloa.
In terms of a trap game, Maryland really stands out. The Terrapins have already pushed Michigan this season and they have the type of passing attack that can keep them in any game if it turns into a shootout. – Chris Hummer, 247Sports
Despite posting a 4-2 record, Maryland is several plays away from being 6-0. Tagoviloa threw a costly interception in the 2nd quarter against Purdue that ultimately factored into the Boilermakers’ 31-29 win. Two weeks prior, Maryland allowed Michigan to score 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter en route to a 34-27 win.
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Maryland’s offense is currently averaging 34 points per game, 4th-highest among all B1G programs. Ohio State, meanwhile, is averaging a conference-high 48.8 points per outing. Led by potential Heisman winner C.J. Stroud, Ohio State has all the pieces to go on another deep run toward the College Football Playoff but has been susceptible to slip-ups along the way.
Last season, the Buckeyes dropped an early game in Week 2 against Oregon at home. It ended up factoring into the seeding for the CFP.
As far as Ohio State’s toughest remaining game, Hummer had the season-ending matchup with Michigan as the toughest game for the Buckeyes. No surprises there with the Wolverines currently the last team to beat Ohio State.
The Terps will play host to the Buckeyes on Nov. 19. A week later, Ohio State take on Michigan at home in ‘The Game’ on Nov. 26.