Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) at Maryland Terrapins (5-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Maryland Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +27.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Maryland Terrapins clash Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Maryland Stadium on ESPN.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their ninth win of the season to remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 11 of their last 12 road games. J.T. Barrett is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,965 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. Barrett has one or less touchdown pass in five of his last eight games. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown have combined for 999 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Dontre Wilson has 23 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 268.5 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 842 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 13.8 points and 284.3 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 54 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has five sacks and Malik Hooker has five interceptions.
The Maryland Terrapins could use a monster upset victory after losing four of their last five games. The Maryland Terrapins haven’t beat a ranked team since their 2010 win over North Carolina State. Perry Hills is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,143 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hills has two touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. D.J. Moore and Teldrick Morgan have combined for 808 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Levern Jacobs has 30 receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 232.6 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 635 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 27.2 points and 430.2 yards per game. Shane Cockerille leads the Maryland Terrapins with 79 tackles, Jesse Aniebonam has 5.5 sacks and Alvin Hill has two interceptions.
The Buckeyes are 41-18-1 ATS in their last 60 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Terrapins are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 11-5-1 in Terrapins last 17 home games and the under is 9-3 in Buckeyes last 12 conference games.
Ohio State is coming off a blowout win over a highly ranked Nebraska team, but I'm not sure that removes a month of subpar football by the Buckeyes standards. Ohio State has some flaws with its offensive line and can struggle offensively from time to time. Maryland isn't as bad of a team as it looked against Michigan last week and should be able to show that at home with a crowd that will show up for a national TV game. I'll take my chances with the four free touchdowns.