Game Preview: Ohio State vs Maryland
Know the Opponent:
Head Coach: Mike Locksley (5th season)
2023 Record: 5-0
Location: College Park, MD
Conference: Big Ten
Ohio State Preview
Kyle McCord. With a week to rest and get sharper, I am curious to see how Kyle McCord takes his next step in his Ohio State legacy. The emotions after a big win against Notre Dame should be subsided, and it is now time to get back into the Big Ten schedule with 8 straight weeks that end with a trip to Ann Arbor.
Taulia Tagovailoa. The senior quarterback leads the conference in passing yard and touchdowns and has been the focus of the Josh Gattis offense for the Terrapins. If Maryland has any chance in this game, it will be because of the play of Taulia.
Water Cooler Stat of the Game
1940. Ohio State starts their season facing 5 straight undefeated opponents for the first time since 1940. The 5-0 Terrapins are also one of the 4 undefeated teams in the Big Ten East, along with Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.
Ohio State enters the game coming off a bye week, and even though Marvin Harrison Jr downplayed his ankle injury, there is some concern for the Buckeye passing offense which was supposed to be the strongest unit going into the season. However, Egbuka, Stover, and the depth ate receiver can help Kyle McCord continue to grow as they have the next two games to get ready for Penn State. Maryland enters this game undefeated, with their last loss being against Ohio State last season, and are hoping to defeat the Buckeyes on the road behind the arm of Tualia Tagovailoa. I think the Silver Bullet defense gets tested, but will be the difference and prove why Ohio State is the better team.
Ohio State 35 – Maryland 7
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