BOWLING GREEN, OH — Saturday at 6:00 pm the Terps roll into Bowling Green, Ohio to take on the Bowling Green State University Falcons. Numerous college football personalities think this game is shaping up to be a letdown game for the Terps, calling it a “trap” game.
The Terrapins are coming off an emotional victory against the #23 Texas Longhorns. A 34-29 victory that the coaches and players dedicated to the late Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old McDonogh graduate who died of heat stroke following a team workout in May. After the game the team placed the game ball in Jordan’s glass-encased locker at the Gossett Team House.
Bowling Green will be defending their home turf for the first time this season when they welcome the Terps Saturday evening. The Falcons are 0-1 after falling to the Oregon Ducks last week 58-24. Some of the senior Terrapin players should have a grudge to settle with Bowling Green, due to the 48-27 beat down the Falcons handed the Terps back in 2015.
With all of that being said, here are three things to watch for on Saturday night.
1. Dual quarterback system
Will Matt Canada continue with the dual quarterback system? Last week, Kasim Hill saw the bulk of the work and he completed 17-of-29 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. He added 10 yards on the ground. Tyrrell Pigrome also saw action under center, completing three of four passes for 22 yards, while rushing for 12 yards. Texas’s defense is much better than Bowling Greens, so could Canada split rhe game reps at quarterback more than he did last week?
2. Which running back breaks out of his shell?
The Terps came into the season with one of the deepest running back groups in the Big Ten. Senior Ty Johnson and Sophomore Tayon Fleet-Davis lead the Terps last week with a combined 18 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown. These are certainly not eye-popping numbers, and they really struggled to get anything going on the ground. Which running back shows up against an extremely feeble Bowling Green defense? A week ago, Oregon ran for 212 yards against the Falcons, averaging 5.0 yards-per-carry. Will Johnson finally get running room he’s be looking for? Can Lorenzo Harrison return to his 2017 form? Or does Jeshaun Jones steal the show once again?
Jones, a freshman wideout, had a receiving touchdown, rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in last week’s win. He’s the first freshman to accomplish that feat since Marcus Mariota did it in 2012.
3. Start fast and avoid the emotional letdown
Can the Terps avoid the emotional letdown ? Despite a summer filled with heartache and distractions, the Terps rose up and overcame the first test against the No. 23 Longhorns. Can they do the same in Bowling Green? The Falcons are 8-2 in their last 10 home openers, hopefully the Terps carry the week 1 enchantment into Bowling Green.
Prediction: Maryland 37, Bowling Green 20
- When: Saturday September 8, 6:00pm
- Where: Doyt L. Perry Stadium Bowling Green, OH
- Radio: 105.7TheFan
- TV: ESPN+
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