Inconsistencies Plagued the Terps
Throughout the season the Terps have been able to respond to loses with wins the following weekend and Saturday’s game in Bloomington Indiana against the Indiana Hoosiers would go a long way in putting more clarity to their post season hopes.
Maryland hasn’t been able to show much of anything on offense against the better Big ten defenses as we saw last weekend in College Park against the Michigan State Spartans.
Luckily for the Terps Indiana is coming off arguably their worst defensive showing all season against the Minnesota Gophers and have been up and down much of the season.
The Hoosiers have the type the of defense that the Terps offense has been able to abuse at will all season long.
If Maryland offense shows up in any form like they have all season after loses I expect the Terps to move the ball at will against a slower defense as the Hoosiers have.
Indiana coming off much needed Bye
The Hoosiers have struggled since getting out to a 3-0 start to their season with some impressive wins including one over a surprising Virginia squad from the ACC.
Since however, the Hoosiers have lost 5 out of their last 6 games with the only victory in that span coming against a reeling Rutgers team.
This is a game the Hoosiers would expect to win and will put everything into trying to do just that come Saturday afternoon.
Indiana cannot afford to lose this game if they hope to go bowling this season.
At 4-5 coming into Saturday’s match up vs the Terps, a loss Saturday would more than likely eliminate the Hoosiers from postseason considerations especially when you look at their remaining schedule this season (@ Michigan, Vs Purdue).
The fact the Hoosiers would be coming off a bye can only help in their preparation for the Terps Jet sweep motion offense however I just don’t think the Hoosiers have the athletes to compete for full 60 minutes against the Terps.
Maryland is coming off a distraction filled week however this week was much more peaceful in terms of student’s athlete’s preparation and focus.
The Circus that was last week is far off the Terps team mind and are now focus on winning their 6th game and becoming bowl eligible.
When the Hoosiers have the Ball
Expect to see 5th year senior Peyton Ramsey get the call behind the center on Saturday.
Ramsey is a dual threat quarterback that has a very deceptive speed and can hurt you with both his arm and feet.
Dude is a gamer and would rarely slide and gave himself up which has led to some injuries.
He’s healthy now and coming off a bye I expect him to give the Terps everything he have come Saturday as I’m sure he wouldn’t want to go out without a bowl game his senior season.
At running back Stevie Scott has proven to be one of the better running threats in the conference thus far as he’s nearly rushed for 1,000 yards already and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Dude is a load to bring down the Terps would have to gang tackle him and arm tackles wouldn’t cut it against this guy.
Maryland front 7 would have their hands full come Saturday as the Hoosiers also boast a good experience offensive line to match their skill guys.
The Hoosiers have showed a balanced offense all season has they do a good job in both running and passing the ball but their bread and butter in the red zone is the read option run and pass plays.
Terps defensive backs are a strength however their tackling abilities would be tested greatly come Saturday against this Indiana skill guys.
When the Terps have the ball
Everyone knows Maryland likes to run the ball as their 7 to 3 run/pass ratio may suggest.
However, Maryland best success this season has been when they’ve been able to establish the short to intermediate passing game at the very jump of games.
When teams haven’t be able to crowd the line of scrimmage the Terps offense has been able to move the ball at will.
However, when Kasim Hill has off passing games has he has in every single one of the Terps loses this season the entire offense goes ghost.
Terps head coach Matt Canada must find a way Saturday to jump start the team’s passing attack early or it could be another long day for the offense as a whole.
I fully expect the Hoosiers to sell out to stop the Terps rushing attack and dare Kasim Hill and the passing attack to beat them at least a few times.
This is also a very significant game for the Terps bowl hopes thus hopefully the coaching staff come out with a win at all cost mentality on Saturday.
Maryland must coach and play like the more desperate bunch they cannot allow Indiana to get out to a big early lead as the Terps offense is not design just yet to come back from double possessions margins.
Expect to see Ty Johnson back out there after missing last weekend’s game due to an injury and also expect to see Jake Funk get carries as well after missing all season due to an injury.
The Terps are starting to get healthy at just the right time although a few guys have decided to transfer out the team is still mostly together.
A win Saturday at Indiana would go a LONG way in allowing this team to continue to heal after the Jordan McNair accidental death and all the mess that precede it.
This is a remarkable Terps squad and nothing would please me more than to see these guys go bowling this season.
*Kickoff is set for 12 Noon Saturday on the Big Ten Network (BTN)
Terps 35 Hoosiers 27
Terps defense picks off Indiana as the Hoosiers attempt to tie the game late. #GOTERPS