Maryland vs. Minnesota Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Maryland vs. Minnesota fearless prediction and game preview.
Maryland (2-1) vs. Minnesota (3-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
All of a sudden, a promising, shocking start to the season for Maryland is in big, big trouble.
After star freshman Kasim Hill suffered a torn ACL, the Terps are down to their third string quarterback coming off a miserable performance in a loss to UCF. With a trip to Ohio State up next, and with Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State still to deal with, it’s a big plus to get a win now.
Minnesota has had time off after three double-digit win performances to kick things off. Beating Buffalo, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee might not be all that big a deal, but P.J. Fleck is 3-0, and you’re not.
Just the third time these two programs meet, the Golden Gophers won in a blowout last year, but the Terps took them down 17-7 in your 1977 Hall of Fame Bowl.
One Reason Why Maryland Will Win
Minnesota can’t win if it doesn’t run.
It wasn’t awful against Buffalo, and Conor Rhoda hit 7-of-8 passes against Oregon State, but if you can stop the Gopher running game, you stop the Gophers.
Can Maryland’s defense rise up and rock again after the UCF problem?
The Terps attacked Texas and allowed just 98 yards, and the pass rush has been terrific with nine sacks so far and 21 tackles for loss. They have to sell out and make Minnesota throw – and then take their chances. However …
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
UCF was able to run without a problem.
QB McKenzie Milton led the team with 94 yards, but everyone got to have some fun with nine different Knights combining for over six yards per carry with 250 yards and three scores.
Minnesota should be able to barrel away.
The running game hasn’t had any problems so far, even if it’s not explosive. The Gophers are able to average over 50 carries a game by pounding and pounding some more – just like UCF did.
And then there’s the Maryland quarterback problem.
Max Bortenschlager was thrown to the wolves against UCF when Hill got hurt, and he threw two picks – with a pick six – and couldn’t push the ball down the field. Did the Terp running game pick up the slack? 37 carries for 42 yards.
What’s Going To Happen
Minnesota is going to go Minnesota.
Second in the nation in time of possession, and going against a team that’s among the worst in the country in third down conversions and is almost as bad at stopping third down plays, the Gophers will always have the ball.
That’ll mean Bortenschlager will have to throw to win, and then bad things will happen.
Maryland vs. Minnesota Prediction
Minnesota 32, Maryland 14
Minnesota -13, o/u: 44
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