Maryland football vs. Michigan State: How to watch and what to watch for
Defensive lineman Jesse Aniebonam tackles quarterback Brian Lewerke during Maryland’s 24-3 loss to Michigan State at Maryland Stadium on Nov. 3, 2018. (Corey Hart/The Diamondback)
Opponent: Michigan State (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten)
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 30
Last Matchup: Nov. 3, 2018 in College Park, Md. — Michigan State 24-3
Last Week: Maryland lost to Nebraska, 54-7, Michigan State defeated Rutgers, 27-0
Odds: Michigan State -22.5 per OddsShark
TV: FS1 — John Strong (play-by-play), Evan Moore (Analyst)
Three things to watch for Maryland
1. Finishing the season strong
After a strong 2-0 start and becoming a ranked team for the first time since joining the Big Ten, the Terps lost eight of their next nine games en route to a 3-8 record. Saturday’s game represents the last chance for this year’s team, which will be looking to pull off a road upset and end their season on a positive note.
2. Who takes the most snaps at quarterback?
So far this season, the Terps have seemingly had a revolving door at the quarterback position, with Josh Jackson, Tyrell Pigrome, Tyler DeSue and Lance Legendre all seeing time so far. With Saturday serving as the season finale, Maryland could look to get all of them involved in an effort to find a future starter under center.
3. Keeping it competitive
Maryland has lost each of its last four games by at least 31 points and has struggled to stay in games from the start. With one more chance on Saturday, the Terps will hope to right the ship as they look to upset the Spartans.
Three things to watch for Michigan State
1. Taking care of business at home
After going 3-1 in their first four home games, Michigan State has dropped back-to-back home games against Penn State and Illinois. With a final home game on Saturday, the Spartans will look to send their fans home happy by finishing the year with a victory.
2. Gaining bowl eligibility
Sitting at 5-6 on the season, a win would make the Spartans eligible for a bowl game for the third consecutive season.
Michigan State comes into the matchup ranked 18th in the country in total defense, allowing just under 320 yards per game. Going against Maryland’s 104th-ranked offense, the Spartans’ defense may be set for a big day.