Maryland football vs. Nebraska: How to watch and what to watch for
Maryland football exits the Mark L. Butler tunnel ahead of its 38-7 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2, 2019. (Cam Andrews/The Diamondback)
Opponent: Nebraska (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten)
Location: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 23
Last Matchup: Nov. 19, 2016, in Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska 28-7
Last Week: Maryland had a bye week; Nebraska lost to Wisconsin 37-21
Odds: Nebraska -5, per OddsShark
TV: BTN – Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), James Laurinaitis (analyst), Elise Menaker (sideline reporter)
Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network (105.7 FM Baltimore, 980 AM D.C.) — Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), C.J. Brown (analyst), LaMont Jordan (analyst)
Student Radio: WMUC Sports (Jack Schemmel and Mark McClure)
Three things to watch for Maryland
1. Senior Day
Saturday’s game marks the last time that the Maryland seniors will take the field in front of their home fans. Before the game, all of the seniors will be honored on the field.
2. Lance LeGendre
The four-star freshman quarterback has appeared in two games this year, meaning he can play in the next two games and still have the season count as a redshirt. With LeGendre getting some playing time against Michigan a few weeks ago, he might see some more in the final two games of the Terps’ season.
3. Special teams
Maryland’s offense has sputtered recently, scoring no more than 14 points in four of their last five games. On special teams, however, Javon Leake has been a constant. Leake already has two kick return touchdowns on the year, and three for his career.
Three things to watch for Nebraska
1. Adrian Martinez
After an explosive freshman season, many people thought Martinez could play himself into the Heisman conversation. That has not happened, as Nebraska and Martinez have struggled. Martinez has 2,200 total yards, 14 total touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Saturday’s game against a depleted Maryland secondary could be a good chance for him to prove himself.
2. JD Spielman and Wan’Dale Robinson
Nebraska’s two standout players this year have been two star-studded receivers. Spielman leads the team in yards, with 760 on 39 catches, but only has two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions, with 40, and has 453 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson has also been involved on the ground, racking up 326 yards and three touchdowns on 85 rushes.
Nebraska and Maryland enter their matchup as the third-worst and second-worst defenses in the Big Ten by total yards and points, respectively. Both teams are allowing over 400 yards per game and are both giving up around 30 points per game. In their four-game losing skid, Nebraska has given up more than 30 points in every game. If they want to snap their losing streak and fight for a bowl game, their defense will have to step up Saturday.