Preview: Maryland at Michigan

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan


For all its struggles and all the calls for Brady Hoke's job, Michigan can become bowl-eligible this week with a win over visiting Maryland on Saturday. The Wolverines have struggled at times this season, but a winning record is still within their reach. The Terrapins - in their first year in the Big Ten - already have the required six wins for a bowl game, but they'd certainly like to make their first trip to the Big House for a conference game a memorable one.

Michigan has won three of its last four outings in large part to its defense, which has given up 32 points in the victories. When the Terrapins have been successful, their defense has been solid, and when it hasn't been, they've struggled. Maryland has allowed an average of 47 points in its three conference losses to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Michigan -5

ABOUT MARYLAND (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten): It's coming to the point that even if he doesn't want to make a switch at quarterback, Maryland coach Randy Edsall has at least opened the door to the possibility. With starter C.J. Brown struggling with nine interceptions against 11 touchdowns and averaging fewer than 200 passing yards, Edsall has to at least consider a switch to wake up an anemic offense. “If a situation would call for that, then you have to be able to make that decision,” Edsall told reporters. “And when you make those decisions, you've got to say, 'OK, can the person that you're going to put in come in and do a better job than the guy that you're taking out?'”

ABOUT MICHIGAN (5-5, 3-3): The Wolverines will be without defensive end Frank Clark for the rest of the season after he was kicked off the team Monday after being arrested and jailed on suspicion of domestic violence over the weekend. Although Clark was the team's best pass rusher, the team is confident that junior Mario Ojemudia and sophomore Taco Charlton can fill the void. “The next man has to step up, as a defense as a whole, that's how we have to look at it,” cornerback Ray Taylor told mlive.com. “The next man has to play just as hard as Frank did and just as good as Frank.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Maryland will be without freshman WR Juwann Winfree, who was suspended for two games for a violation of the student-athletic code of conduct. The Terrapins are also likely to be without top receiver Stefon Diggs, who has a lacerated kidney.

2. Michigan has recorded a first-half shutout in each of its last two games.

3. The Terrapins and Wolverines have squared off three previous times - all in Ann Arbor - with Michigan coming out on top each time.

PREDICTION: Michigan 28, Maryland 20



Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Maryland 6-4 L1 28.8 29.0 2-3 4-1 4-3 0-0 3-3
Michigan 5-5 W2 20.7 20.4 4-2 1-3 1-2 0-0 3-3

Last Meeting

Maryland Michigan
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/29/90 MD 17 MICH 45 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MD N/A
MICH N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MD N/A
MICH N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MD N/A
MICH N/A
TDs Player TD
MD N/A
MICH N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MD C. Brown 52.7 1723 11 9
MICH D. Gardner 61.2 1557 8 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MD C. Brown 117 375 3.2 5
MICH D. Smith 95 487 5.1 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MD S. Diggs 52 654 12.6 5
MICH D. Funchess 50 595 11.9 4
TDs Player TD
MD C. Brown 5
MICH D. Smith 6

Quickchart Matchup

Maryland Off vs  Michigan Def
343.7 yards
300.8 yards
3.5 yards/rush
2.8 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt
Michigan Off vs  Maryland Def
322.6 yards
436.8 yards
4.5 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Maryland Overall Michigan
6-4-0 W/L 5-5-0
5-5-0 ATS 4-6-0
5-4-1 O/U 4-6-0
28.8 Pts For 20.7
29.0 Pts Against 20.4
Maryland A/H Michigan
4-1 W/L 4-2
3-2-0 ATS 3-3-0
1-3-1 O/U 2-4-0
24.4 Pts For 27.0
24.6 Pts Against 17.2