The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan at Maryland. Check it out!
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 38, Maryland 13
2015 could have been the year Maryland made a step towards becoming a dangerous team in the B1G, but that moment has already seemed to pass as they have struggled mightily thus far. Michigan rolls a fourth week straight due to the simple fact that Maryland will not be able to contain Michigan’s plethora of solid running backs. Rain or not, I look for Jake Rudock to come out and throw early. If he can be successful through the air and on his feet, the running game with open up and Michigan should be cruising by the third quarter.
The keys, however, will be how Michigan plays on defense and special teams. On defense it’s simple, play as good as the weeks prior. The Wolverines need to avoid sloppy play and prove that they are just as tenacious away from home. Jim Harbaugh has already stressed the importance of special teams and slowing down one of the best kick/punt return squads in college football. The offense can assist by avoiding failed drives, but the special teams units better be ready to play Saturday night because Will Likely is likely to take one to the house whether they are prepared or not.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 24, Maryland 17
Michigan will get their first road win with Jim Harbaugh this Saturday, but I think it will be closer than what most people probably think. Being on the road is difficult, but night games on the road seem to be even more challenging. The crowd will be hyped and Maryland will be ready to open their Big 10 schedule against the powerhouse Wolverines. Michigans defense has been superb this season and has been the catalyst for the team. I believe the hard hitting plays will continue and Michigan will squeak by with the W. I’d also love to see more of Amara Darboh this week. We saw him shine last week against BYU with a nice one handed catch and then later on in the game had a touchdown. He’s Michigan’s best receiver and should definitely be utilized more when Michigan isn’t running the ball.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Michigan 35, Maryland 6
In what very well may be a rain-soaked battle on Saturday, Michigan and Maryland will square off to start their conference season. Michigan is no doubt the better team, and if the game is going to be played during a torrential downpour, one has to believe that this will be beneficial for the Wolverines. I think Jim Harbaugh really focuses on the run game in this one, and I think Michigan rolls 35-6 to beat the Terrapins. Look for De’Veon Smith (if healthy) and Ty Isaac to try and break the spirit of Maryland, and win their fourth-straight game to improve to 4-1.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 31, Maryland 6
Michigan is now in the top 25 in the AP poll and will remain there after a win against Maryland. I predict a 31-6 victory led by the Wolverines 2nd ranked defense. Once again they will shut down the opposition’s run game and put heavy pressure on the quarterback. Look for DeVeon Smith to have another 100+ yards on the ground as Maryland is giving up over 200 yards per contest in its previous games. I also believe Jake Rudock will continue to improve and hopefully we will see him connect on a deep ball.
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 45, Maryland 0
So, Michigan has finally cracked the top 25. It’s the first time since November of 2013 when the great collapse began. This week, Michigan goes out to the east coast to take on a struggling Maryland team in prime time. Maryland was shelled by West Virginia last week 45-7. They have also lost to Bowling Green at home. This team has struggled to find a quarterback and the defense has been lit up. However, Michigan has to go out to unfamiliar territory in prime time and play a team that beat them last year. Luckily, this is a new Michigan football team and they will come out ready to rumble. Michigan will assert itself on both sides of the line and I expect another 100-yard rusher. Whether it be DeVeon Smith, Ty Isaac, or Drake Johnson, the ground game will work again. I also expect Rudock to play his best game at Michigan. Maryland can be beat on defense and Harbaugh will go after those weaknesses. As far as the defense, Michigan will pitch ANOTHER shut out. The special teams either blocks a punt or returns a kick. They have come close in recent weeks and they finally make a big play. Michigan does not look ahead to the surprising Wildcats, Big Blue runs wild, and the defense aces another test.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 35, Maryland 14
I think “trap games” are once again non existent at Michigan. Coach Harbaugh will have these boys ready to play come Saturday night. Michigan will again look to play “Michigan Football”. They will pound the ball between the tackles and play disciplined defense. The playbook will begin to open up more now that we have reached Big Ten play, and Michigan will roll to a 35-14 win.
Do you think Michigan will keep up the solid play and dominate Maryland on the road?