Maryland vs Iowa: Maryland has an explosive offense, and that should be concerning for Iowa. However, the Hawkeyes have one of the better defenses in the country, and that is a primary key in this game. Maryland is one of only eight teams in the country to have scored on every red zone this season.
Event: College Football
Team: Maryland vs Iowa
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
When the Maryland running game works, everything else falls into place. There’s no passing attack to help the cause, but the Terps ripped through Bowling Green, Minnesota and Rutgers, and they managed to come up with wins. They have to come out and establish themselves right away and keep on pounding.
Ty Johnson and Anthony McFarland forma strong 1-2 punch, there aren’t a slew of turnovers – Maryland leads all Big Ten teams with just five giveaways – and they have a nice blend of quickness and power. To pull this off, Maryland has to get to at least 150 rushing yards – preferably, closer to 200 – and be at least a +2 in turnover margin. The team is converting on everything and every decent drive – it leads the nation in red zone offense.
It would be nice if the secondary can bring it for a second straight week, holding down the Rutgers passing game to a 2-of-17 day for eight yards and five picks. That’s not going to happen again, but the secondary is great at taking the ball away. Maryland doesn’t have enough of a passing game to pick of the slack if it doesn’t run well right away.
Iowa is playing too well over the last two games, with the defense doing a phenomenal job against the run and Stanley red hot at the moment. The Hawkeyes will get up early, and the Terps won’t be able to get back in the game. The Maryland D won’t force enough big mistakes to pull off the road win.