Texas vs. Maryland fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Texas (0-0) vs. Maryland (0-0) Game Preview
It was one of the best games of 2017, and it ended up being forgotten after Maryland hit the skids.
It was the opening of the Tom Herman era, and it was a total flop, losing 51-41 at home in a wild and crazy game, but Texas still went on to win a bowl game.
Maryland? It got hammered with quarterback injuries and struggled in a 4-8 run, but now the pieces are healthy and the showdown is in the Terps’ backyard.
And now, both programs are back to Square One.
Lose again, and the Texas crowd will start to get really, really grouchy.
With USC, TCU, at Kansas State and Oklahoma coming up over the first half of the season, it might be a disastrous start if the Longhorns can’t make amends for last year’s gaffe.
For Maryland, last year’s win might not have been a coming out party – again, quarterback injuries – but with three winnable games up next before going to Michigan, a repeat should be a catalyst to a huge September.
But of course, the game itself is taking a backseat to the bigger, more important storyline and issue – the investigation and issues into the Maryland football program.
With head coach DJ Durkin currently on administrative leave, it’s Matt Canada’s team to run at the moment. With all of the distractions and all of the issues, will that matter to a talented Terp team playing with a heavy heart over the tragic death of Jordan McNair?
It’s going to be one of the weekend’s spotlight games with an interesting narrative about to come no matter what the outcome.
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
It’s time to start bombing and keep on throwing against a suspect Terp secondary.
Shane Buechele was brilliant in the loss, throwing for 375 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. Now it’ll be up to the Texas receiving corps to kick it in again for a passing attack that should be on par with the best in the Big 12 if anointed starter Sam Ehlinger can come up with the same type of game.
Collin Johnson ripped Maryland to shreds, catching seven passes for 125 yards and a score, and now he’s back leading a great group that can push around the Terp defensive backs – the ball will be spread around.
The Maryland defensive backs can hit, and the safeties are good, but they gave up way too many big plays and couldn’t come up with enough third down stops. That might not change in the opener.
One Reason Why Maryland Will Win
Canada – who’s the offensive coordinator – has pieces to work with.
The Terp offense might lose star receiver DJ Moore, but quarterbacks Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill have healthy knees again, Tavion Jacobs looks like the program’s next great receiver, and all five starters are back on an offensive line that was shaky, but is now experienced.
This should be more like the team that rolled into Austin last year with an attitude and left with a win – and now it’s more experienced. Against a Texas secondary that’s talented, but loses a slew of big parts – along with star LB Malik Jefferson – the Terps should keep up the pace in another shootout.
What’s Going To Happen
If you liked what happened in Austin, get ready for more of the same in Landover.
It won’t be as good as last year’s opener, but with everything surrounding what’s going on, get ready for an inspired effort from the Terps.
The Maryland running game that rumbled for 263 yards and four scores will be strong again, the quarterback play will be dynamic, and the close-to-home team will be the sharper of the two.
There will be plenty of fireworks, lots of big pass plays, and a whole lot of fun in the best game of the first big Saturday morning of the college football season.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Maryland 34, Texas 31
Line: Texas -13, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 4
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