(35)Maryland @ (9)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 30 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - Maryland is improved, but still out-manned against a team like Ohio State and my thought as of today is they will have trouble keeping within 30 points of Ohio State. If Maryland does hang around, the Bucks need to get the tailbacks more involved as they worked on the passing game with few TB carries against Rutgers. With a 3rd team QB, hard to see Maryland scoring many points. Will withhold a score prediction now and just say the Bucks roll.
Cory: Despite missing their top two quarterbacks due to injury, Maryland found a way to rise up and earn a good win over a solid Minnesota team last week. The Terrapins face a much tougher match-up this week when they come to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The key to stopping Maryland is defending the run. The Terrapins have already rushed for 934 yards and 12 touchdowns. This could be a problem for the Buckeyes as they're going to be without their two top defensive tackles, with Michael Hill being suspended and Dre'Mont Jones missing the game due to injury. The offense has looked better in recent weeks so let's hope that momentum continues this week, otherwise this game could be a challenge for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 35, Maryland 20
Dave: Ohio State 48 – Maryland 21
Gregg: I whiffed last week big time on Maryland, I did not see any way they beat the Gophers with their version of Cardale Jones. So now they have quality wins over Minnesota and Texas, and their only loss is to unbeaten Central Florida. This is not the same Terrapins team that Ohio State is 3-0 against all-time. With that said, the Buckeyes should still have no problem dispatching the turtles. The Buckeyes are 314-1-1 all-time when they score over 35 point and they are going to score over 35 this week. Ohio State 56 Maryland 10
Jason: How good is Ohio State? Ever since the egg they laid against Oklahoma, they have outscored Army, UNLV and Rutgers by a combined score of 150-28. The offense has seemed to figure some things out, but again, the aforementioned opponents are not exactly juggernauts. Maryland is coming off a big road win at Minnesota where the Terp defense held a good running Gopher team to just 80 yards on the ground. Maryland’s secondary has struggled for much of the year, but does have five picks. The key for Maryland is slowing the 3 headed ground attack of J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber and J.T.. Barrett running the read option. Offensively, Maryland is down to their third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager who played very well at Minnesota and running backs Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison III could have an NFL future, but no one has run the ball on the stout Buckeye defensive line. While the opponent talent level is much higher than the three previous opponents and the Terps do have some NFL caliber talent, they aren’t in the same stratosphere from a talent and depth standpoint as Ohio State. The Buckeye speed and swarming front seven will completely overwhelm and outclass Maryland and the offense will continue to take steps forward as Ohio State rolls Maryland in the Horseshoe. Ohio State 45 Maryland 7
Joe-S-U: Ohio State takes care of business at home
John: Kudos to Maryland for the quality win last week, especially since they are down to their third string QB. This should be a good test to see how the Ohio State D had progressed. Look for MD to test the secondary a lot. Bucks will win easily, but don’t be surprised if they fail to cover the 31 points Vegas is laying. Ohio State 49 Maryland 21
Josh: "I'm coming home." Maryland is coming into the Horseshoe on its second consecutive road game, and will probably have a lot of confidence after beating a steady Minnesota team this past Saturday on a big interception to seal the win. OSU has been rolling since the Oklahoma loss, padding its stats and doing what it needs to do against the inferior opponents. Although it is not the ending of September we were wanting, everything is still in front of us. Maryland is on their third string QB, and win Buckeye nation know how important the 3rd stringer is. However, he is no Cardale Jones, and Maryland is battling is own string of injuries. Ohio State needs to dispatch the Terps and make them Turtle Soup on this Homecoming game. I know we all are looking forward to the October 28th showdown, however we need to start off October 1-0, and Maryland stands in our way. Also, I correctly predicted the two stats last week. This week my bold stat will be our defense will get a pick six this game, and we see Haskins leading the Silver Bullets in the 4th quarter. Ohio State 52 - Maryland 17
Dr. Mark: OSU 34-20 Maryland seems much better this year- Buckeyes showing better team speed against lesser teams recently-- October is a big month to get back into the playoff race
PJSBuck: I understand Maryland is without their first two QB's? I have watched Maryland play twice this year and they are a TOTALLY different team from last year - much stronger, faster, determined, focused, and playing as if they expect to win. With the Terrapins playing a 3rd string QB we MIGHT cover the spread. Without that factor, I think this could be a close game. Ohio State by 17 in a tough game.
Pia Pete: Maryland puts up a nice effort. OSU 56 – UM 36
Coach Rick: Well in this game OSU needs to stop the run and cover Moore from getting any receptions. Complete these two task and it will be an easy victory. I see them figuring this out and winning by 28.
Steven: So Maryland, you beat the Gophers. Well, isn't that special? I guess much the same can be said for the Buckeye's win over Rutgers. Even if the Terps are not quite the main dish on OSU's schedule this year, they're certainly better than the creamed spinach of the past two weeks. A nice bowl of turtle soup might be good for a Saturday afternoon. Bucks keep the Terps at arms-reach all day, but Maryland scores enough to make it kind of interesting. OSU 44-21
Trout: The Terrapins are definitely a step up from Rutgers, but I still don't think they will be much of a challenge for the Buckeyes. One big negative that Maryland has against them is that they are starting their 3rd string quarterback. Not to mention, their defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten. JT and the Buckeye Offense should be able to keep their offensive upswing going, and score a ton of points. I think Maryland will get some points on the Bucks. They do have some NFL talent, but it won't be enough to stop the Buckeyes. (Ohio State, 42-17)
Vaughn: The Terps have elevated their game since last year and are experiencing a challenge the Buckeyes are all too familiar with...starting a 3rd string QB. Unfortunately, Maryland does not enjoy the depth of QB talent OSU possesses. That's why I don't think the Terps will not be able to hang with the Buckeyes. Buckeyes blowout the Terps 45-7.
Final Score: Ohio State 62 Maryland 14