No. 3 Michigan vs. Maryland
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. Maryland:
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 41, Maryland 14
According to Jim Harbaugh, DJ Durkin’s new squad will play “all jacked up” this weekend. Great! Maybe the turtles will score a couple of touchdowns, making the return trip to Ann Arbor well worth it for DJ.
That’s it though—two touchdowns and maybe a few big plays from the Terps. Michigan gave up 23 points to a team that “lost with dignity,” so I’m guessing that didn’t settle well with Harbaugh and the band. It also seems as if a few individuals are ticked about the Wolverines getting jumped by Clemson in the CFP rankings.
Here’s Khalid Hill’s take:
It’s cool we like to be the underdog ?, that’s what we always been….
— Khalid Hill (@Thatboylid80) November 1, 2016
So yeah, I expect a bit of extra fight from the Wolverines on Saturday afternoon. Look for better execution overall, and for the Wolverines to complete a “full” game this weekend. I would love to see Wilton Speight continue to elevate his game, and I think he will. Also, Jabrill Peppers is definitely a dark horse for the Heisman, but this feels like a perfect opportunity for him to solidify his case as a serious contender. Curious to count his offensive snaps as the season wears on.
I’ll be live in A2 on Saturday, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Kate Elizabeth Queram – @KateElizabethNR
Michigan 42, Maryland 9
So, full disclosure: I went to the University of Maryland. I got my master’s degree there, four years after graduating from Michigan. It was an excellent program for journalism and I was only there for a year, but I remember being super excited to have a new (ACC) team to support with an actual mascot (TESTUDO!), different colors (FOUR OF THEM) and a new place to tailgate.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 41, Maryland 10
I’m sure D.J. Durkin will have a warm welcome when he returns to Michigan Stadium on Saturday, but I’m not sure he will feel that same way once the game is over, because this game should be another big Michigan victory. Just to reassure you guys my statement, here are some stats:
Maryland offense: 110th passing, 12th rushing and 52nd overall offense.
Michigan defense: 1st passing, 15th rushing and 1st overall defense.
UM sure does love playing at home, don’t they? The Wolverines have outscored opponents 263-70 this year at home and have limited four of those six opponents to 10 or less points. This is shaping up to be another blowout at The Big House, so expect Wilton Speight and the boys to find the end zone early and often.
One guy I’m going to pay close attention to is Chris Evans. After sustaining a concussion against Illinois, Evans only had four carries against the Spartans last weekend. He has been one of the best running backs for the Wolverines all season, so hopefully he is able to get things going again and have consistent playing-time this weekend.
All in all, this should be another easy win for the No. 3 ranked Wolverines.
Kullen Logsdon – @kullen_logsdon
Michigan 48, Maryland 7
The Paul Bunyan trophy is back where he belongs. He spent seven of the last nine years behind enemy lines, but Harbaugh has restored order in the mitten. No, the Wolverines didn’t blowout the Spartans like we hoped they would, but a win against a rival is good enough for me any day of the year.
Now, we turn our attention towards the Maryland Terrapins — a team that beat Michigan in the big house two years ago. The Wolverines got revenge last year with a shutout over Maryland and will look to do more of the same.
Former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is no leading the Terrapins and has done a good job so far. However, even he knows his team doesn’t stand a chance. The Wolverines are far more talented and are rolling right now at 8-0 and No.3 in the playoff standings.
I look for the running game to get back on track and for Eddie McDoom to be the x-factor with his speed. After a lackluster effort last week, I fully expect the defensive line to return to its dominating ways and make life miserable for Maryland’s quarterback — I don’t know his name nor am I looking it up.
At end of the day, “Hail to the Victors” will echo through the Big House and the U-M faithful to be looking at a 9-0 team.
Craig Compton – @CraigCompton_
Michigan 34, Maryland 17
Paul Bunyan is back home in Ann Arbor, and all is right in the world. On to Maryland! It was a great week indeed to be a Michigan Wolverine. This week, Michigan welcomes Maryland to Ann Arbor, for what I expect to be a great game. Maryland’s defense has had plenty of struggles this season, but I fully expect DJ Durkin to dial up all the right plays, in his return to the Big House.
Maryland will hang around for a half or so, and then the Wolverines will wear the Terps down, and pull away. I’m looking for a big game on the ground, especially from Chris Evans, and Karan Higdon.
The Michigan defense will have a bounce back game, after their subpar performance against Michigan State. Maryland’s spread/up tempo offense will cause some problems for the Michigan defense, but ultimately Don Brown will make the adjustments needed to pull out a victory. Let’s call this one a 34-17 victory for the Wolverines. Go Blue!
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 41, Maryland 10
Michigan faces a Maryland team coached by Jim Harbaughs friend, DJ Durkin this week. I don’t see Harbaugh running up the score too much on his former assistant. Maryland gives up 400 yards a game average so look for Wilton Speight and company to move the ball with ease. Long scoring drives that eat a lot of clock would be nice to see, so Maryland does not get much time of possession.
The Terps can also put up points and average a little over 400 yards a game. Michigan has to take care of the football and control the clock. Maryland relies on a heavy run game but its senior quarterback Perry Hills has 10 touchdowns in the air. This team has some talent on the offensive side of the ball, so Michigan cannot play relaxed on defense. Stay aggressive and focused on winning the game, something Jourdan Lewis said was not done last week in the fourth quarter vs little brother. I feel like the defense will come out with a very determined mindset to shut down the Terps completely.
Michigan needs to have one of the running backs to step up and have a dominating game, rushing for over 100 yards and picking up key first downs. Speight will continue solid play, making the right decisions and hopefully throwing a few touchdowns. As long as the team stays focused and takes this Maryland team serious, they should not have any difficulties moving to 9-0!
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 31, Maryland 13
Well, while last Saturday may seem like an underwhelming win, it was a win and there were times where they dominated Michigan State. That is neither here nor there now, as it is Maryland week. Maryland started off hot at 4-0, but have dropped 3 of 4, with their last game coming as a loss on the road to the Hoosiers. DJ Durkin has already made steady progress in year 1 with Maryland. This is a program that should get to 6 wins and should be playing in December, which is already a huge improvement from last years 3-9 mark. Maryland will continue to get better, but unfortunately playing in the B1G East will make that climb a lot harder. Also losing star DB and return man Will Likely earlier in the year really hurts. But Maryland has made great strides and will continue to make more down the road.
There are two ways I want to go with this game. I want to pick Michigan in a runaway game because they got snubbed from the number 2 spot in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. They’ll want to prove themselves that they are legit. Another way I can see this going is it being a game like last week, where Maryland hangs around and Michigan just can’t deliver the knockout blow. I have a couple fears going into this game. My first fear is that Maryland is a much improved team from last year and could keep it interesting if Michigan isn’t prepared. My other worry, my biggest worry, is that Michigan is overlooking them to get to next Saturday night when they go to Kinnick Stadium to take on the Hawkeyes. Michigan better not overlook Maryland.
My prediction is this: Michigan races out to a fast start, but can’t deliver the knockout blow in the second half. Michigan wins, but you feel a little uneasy going to Iowa next week.
David Mormino – @BookOfMormino
Michigan 35, Maryland 13
Michigan is coming into this game looking to avoid a letdown after a rivalry game this week. A hangover is not what the Wolverines need, especially with playoff aspirations.
Wilton Speight is a guy I’m looking at to shine this week. He’s played very well in his first year as a starter, and will look to build on it as he faces his former coach, and now Maryland Head Coach, DJ Durkin. We all know how good of a coach Durkin is, and he’ll be well prepared in this matchup. However, the playmakers for Michigan are just too good in this matchup. I expect to see Speight air it out at least a handful of times in this game. Michigan passes on a Durkin Donut this time around, and takes care of business, 35-13.