Maryland Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be amazing how much a healthy quarterback will matter.
It’s Maryland, which will mean it’ll never have any luck when it comes to QB health and catching a break – but maybe this is the year it happens. At the very least, there’s a deep enough group of veteran passers now to start making the offense roll.
Yeah, it helped that all the wins came over mediocre teams, but Maryland is only a year removed from going bowling, and has two post-season trips in the four seasons as a Big Ten program.
Now with a healthier offense, and with a few years of great recruiting classes about to start to kick in, the Terps will make it four bowls in six seasons as the DJ Durkin era starts to look like it’s on the way to something solid.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 4.5
When Maryland went bowling in 2014 and 2016, it had the benefit of an FCS game on the slate, along with a little luck in the Big Ten East. Penn State and Michigan were struggling a bit in ’14, and there weren’t any tough non-conference games – and Michigan State had its clunker – in -’16.
Getting Texas to start is a problem, but going to Bowling Green and hosting Temple can’t be a problem. Getting Minnesota, Rutgers and Illinois at home all have to be Terps wins – there should be a base of a five wins there to easily get past the 4.5-win mark.
And then it comes down being healthy enough and good enough to pull off a win at Iowa, at Indiana, or in a perfect world, against one of the Big Four of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State. But lose all four of those games, and lose to Texas, and there’s little margin for error.