Check out the Penn State vs. Maryland fearless prediction and game preview.
Penn State (9-2) vs. Maryland (4-7) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Totally lost and forgotten about, Penn State keeps on rolling, even though it’s become a national non-factor after losing back-to-back heartbreakers to Ohio State and Michigan State.
However, it’s still tenth in the latest CFP rankings, and it’s still deep in the mix for a New Year’s Six Bowl. Win this week, and it’ll almost certainly be off to either one of the big spotlight bowls.
But not the College Football Playoff.
Maryland’s bowl hopes when bye-bye last week in a tough loss to Michigan State, and now it just wants to finish strong to set the tone for 2018. This is a brutally banged up team – at least at quarterback – and it’s been a killer, losing six of the last seven games despite continuing to give it the old college try.
The two first played in 1917, and it’s the 40th ever meeting between the two with Maryland winning in 2014, coming up with a shocking tie in 1989, and pulling off a win in 1961.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
Maryland doesn’t have the explosion on offense to keep up the pace if Penn State get rolling.
The Nittany Lion offense keeps on humming scoring 31 points or more in every game but the close call win over Iowa, and the 27-24 loss to Michigan State. Maryland has only scored more than 31 once in the last nine games.
The Terps just don’t have the firepower, and they’re struggling to control games ranking last in the Big Ten in both third down offense and defense.
Penn State won’t need to control the clock if Saquon Barkley goes off early. He might not win the Heisman, but he should be good for at least two big home runs against a struggling run D.
One Reason Why Maryland Will Win
It’s possible to get into the Penn State backfield.
For all the good things the Nittany Lions do. there’s a little bit too much dancing at times from Barkley, and Trace McSorley holds on to the ball a bit too long at times.
The Penn State O is dead last in the Big Ten in giving up tackles for loss, and while it makes up for it with big plays, Maryland has to sell out to try to get the defense off the field.
The Terps will need a big play from the special teams, they’ll have to generate a few timely turnovers, and they have to get to Barkley before he gets started.
What’s Going To Happen
Maryland will be fired up from the start at home, taking an early lead on two nice drives, and then the Penn State offense will take over and kick it into high gear.
After getting down 10-0, the Nittany Lions will reel off 24 straight points as the defense turns up the intensity and the offense starts to click. They’ll be on cruise control in the second half.
Penn State vs. Maryland Prediction
Penn State 40, Maryland 16
Penn State -22, o/u: 58
5: Thanksgiving dessert
1: Thanksgiving dinner … 2.5
Must See Rating
5: The inside of your eyelids for Thanksgiving nap
1: The Star … 2