Maryland vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Maryland (5-4) vs. Indiana (4-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Maryland Will Win
It’s desperation time.
It’s been a tumultuous season for the program, but after all the issues, it can go bowling with just one more win. However, the Terps were dropped hard by Michigan State last week, and finish up against Ohio State and Penn State.
It has to get it done here.
When the Maryland running game works, it wins. It has rushed for 290 yards or more in the four wins since the opener against Texas, and under 150 in the four losses.
Indiana’s run defense hasn’t been ripped to shreds, but it’s allowed 150 yards or more in each of the last four games.
On the other side, the Terp secondary is great at picking off passes, and the IU passing game doesn’t have enough pop to push the ball down the field. If the Terps control the clock with the ground game and make the Hoosiers press, things will be going just like they want.
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
The Hoosiers seemed to hit a wall in a mix of sluggish performances and heartbreakers over the four-game losing streak.
With Michigan up next and Purdue to close, it’s win-or-else in the hunt for a bowl game – they’re not good enough to win both of the final two games.
Now they have to be recharged enough to beat Maryland at its own game, pounding away with RB Stevie Scott and hoping to control the game with a workhorse performance out of its freshman.
Maryland has no passing game, and IU has had two weeks to figure out how to sell out to stop the ground game. The biggest key, though, should be takeaways. For all of the Hoosiers’ problems, they’re amazing at forcing turnovers with 20 on the year. But …
What’s Going To Happen
Maryland is even better when it comes to turnover margin. It’s not going to screw up enough on the road to lose this.
After beating the Longhorns, the Terps have alternated win-loss-win-loss ever since – and they’re due to win in the pattern. It’s going to happen with just enough of a passing game when it needs it to go along with the terrific ground attack.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Maryland 34, Indiana 30
Line: Indiana -2, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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