Opponent: Temple (0-2)
Location: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Kickoff: Noon (EST), Saturday, Sept. 15th
Last Matchup: Sept. 8th, 2012 in Philadelphia — Maryland 36, Temple 27
Odds: Maryland -17, per Bovada
TV: Big Ten Network — Byron Kerr (play-by-play), Shaun O’Hara (analyst) and Michelle McMahon (sideline)
Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network — Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), LaMont Jordan (analyst) – 105.7FM (Baltimore), 980AM (D.C.)
Student Radio: WMUC Sports — Connor Newcomb and Noah Gross
Three things to watch for Maryland
1. Continuing their winning ways
Maryland football has started 2-0 for the third straight season after dominating Bowling Green 45-14 in Ohio. Last season, they failed to make it to 3-0 after they lost to UCF in a game where quarterback Kasim Hill left the game with what wound up being a season-ending injury. This year they again find themselves playing a team from the American Athletic Conference in the Temple Owls. Temple’s had a rough start the season, sitting at 0-2 with losses to Villanova and Buffalo. Maryland has the chance of going 3-0 for the second time in three seasons with a win on Saturday.
2. Run, run, run
Last weekend, the Terps ran for 444 rushing yards against Bowling Green. They let up only 15, meaning they ran for almost 30 times as many rushing yards as their opponent. Maryland is currently averaging 293.5 rushing yards a game through two games, ranking 15th in college football. Maryland backs are averaging 5.93 yards per carry and have scored a combined seven rushing touchdowns this season. Temple has given up 151.5 rushing yards a game this season, so expect running back Ty Johnson and the rest of Maryland’s talented group of rushers to get a lot of touches on Saturday.
3. Defensive domination
Maryland’s defense combined for five sacks and eight tackles for a loss on Saturday. The strong performance came after the two sacks and seven tackles for a loss they recorded against Texas. The Terps have allowed 78.5 rushing yards a game, which ranks 18th in the country, while their 281.5 total yards allowed per game sits at a very strong 22nd spot. Meanwhile, Temple’s yards per game sits at 119th in the country, which is an awfully positive sign for Maryland’s defense.
Three things to watch for Temple
1. Hungry for victory
The Owls have lost two straight close games decided by just nine points. Last week, Temple lost a heartbreaker in the last minute of the game to Buffalo and Week 1’s loss to Villanova hasn’t sat well with the team. Maryland is their Power Five conference opponent of the season, so don’t be surprised if Temple comes out with more energy. After four straight seasons of bowl eligibility and three straight bowl game berths, this game is a must-win for them if they want to extend those streaks.
2. Waiting to break out
Temple has returned several key offensive starters from last season, including running back Ryquell Armstead and wide receivers Ventell Bryant and Isaiah Wright. After a poor performance Week 1, Armstead rushed for 107 yards against Buffalo, and is looking to continue that success going into this week. He is coming off a disappointing 2017 season, where he rushed 300 yards fewer than he did in 2016. Bryant and Wright were two of Temple’s most productive wide outs in 2017 but both of them have less than 200 combined receiving yards this season. However, if quarterback Frank Nutile can play well on Saturday, both are in store to have big games.
3. Veteran presence on offense
As previously mentioned, the Owls are returning key starters on offense. Nutile and Bryant are grad students, Armstead is a senior and Wright is a junior. Fullback Rob Ritrovato is a senior. Tight end Chris Myarick and wide receiver Brodrick Yancy are both graduate students. The offensive line also features grad students and redshirt seniors. The Temple offense is loaded with players who are entering their third, fourth or fifth year in college football. That not only helps the younger players on the roster, but fuels the fire to want to win now. This offense is dangerous and might finally start to click against the Terps.