Maryland at #10 Ohio State
Time: 3 PM (CT), Saturday
Spread: OSU -31
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Ohio State Buckeyes still boast a 4-1 record and No. 10 AP ranking. And they are still massive favorites against lowly conference foe Maryland, hosting the Terrapins as 31-point favorites according to college football oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes. The game will air at 3 PM (Central) on FOX, and it has an over/under set high at 60.5 points.
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Ohio State showed its usual dominance last week against Rutgers, as it blanked the Scarlet Knights 56-0. Rutgers had just 209 total yards and OSU amassed 353 passing yards and 275 rushing yards. J.T. Barrett threw 15 of 23 for 286 yards with three TDs, and he rushed for another 78 yards on nine carries. Demario McCall had 103 yards on 11 attempts with a TD and a long-run of 48-yards. The Ohio State defense was paced by Jordan Fuller with eight tackles, including six solo.
Ohio State had one sack and nine tackles for loss in the game, and it also intercepted Rutgers quarterback Jonathan Lewis two times. No Scarlet Knight had much offensive success, with the Knights averaging just 2.9 yards on its 41 rush attempts. To see Ohio State similarly dominate Maryland this week would be wholly unsurprising.
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Maryland is 3-1, but it lost badly to UCF in Week 3, falling 38-10 to the Knights. Maryland is better this season, and it is demonstrated at a glance when one looks at the 51-41 victory it scored over then-ranked Texas in Week 1. The Terrapins won 31-24 over Minnesota last week. The team is down to its third string quarterback as its starter, now, though, with Kasim Hill out for the season and Tyrrell Pigrome going down the week subsequent.
Max Bortenschlager has thrown 34 of 56 (60.7 percent) for 290 yards in two games, but averages just 5.18 yards per attempt and has two interceptions already to just three TDs. Ty Johnson has had a phenomenal year in the backfield for Maryland, as the 5-foot-10 junior has rushed for 411 yards with an 8.9 yard per carry average.
He had 130 yards against Minnesota last week, including a long-run of 34-yards and a touchdown. As he goes, so go the Terrapins, though, for in the week he struggled against UCF the team did as well. He had just 25 yards on 11 carries, and the Maryland offense was stagnant without its top weapons. The thing is Ohio State is a strong enough front seven to really put the pressure on Johnson and produce an outing similar to what he did against UCF.
The Terrapins really wish they were still playing Hill, as a rare top-100 recruit to enter its program, but it will have to wait until 2018 to see what it really has going. Moore is the first Maryland WR with five TD catches through four games since Torrey Smith did it in 2010. Maryland was tied 21-21 in the third quarter in its last game at Columbus in 2015, but it lost 49-28 and it fell 62-3 last year at home.
This one probably will be pretty embarrassing for the Terrapins, with Ohio State likely to cover the 31-point spread.