Maryland and Michigan State meet Saturday, November 18, 2017, in a Big Ten East game. Find the score and live updates here.
Maryland and Michigan State seemed to be headed in opposite directions this offseason, with the Terps rising after making a bowl in 2016 and the Spartans cratering with a 3-9 season and an uncertain future. In Week 12, it’s like each team took a time machine back to 2015. Michigan State topped Penn State and Michigan and has already doubled its win total from last season at 7-3. Maryland suffered another ridiculous rash of quarterback injuries and hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record.
Maryland-Michigan State live updates
Final score: Michigan State 17, Maryland 7. The Terps got on the scoreboard with a 4-yard Lorenzo Harrison run, but still came up short.
Michigan State 17, Maryland 0 (Start of Q4): Michigan State tacked on a field goal after a questionable penalty call, and has been dominating. Spartans have outgained the Terps, 270-91.
Michigan State 14, Maryland 0 (Start of Q3): Maryland has walk-on Ryan Brand under center to start the second half. Max Bortenschlager started and went 4-for-15 for 15 yards passing in the first half.
Michigan State 14, Maryland 0, (6:23, Q2): Rain turned to snow in East Lansing, and Michigan State’s clearly been the better side so far. Maryland can’t really run or pass against this defense, and the Spartans have had two easy drives for scores.
Kickoff is coming up soon on FOX.
Live updates from the game will go here.
Maryland-Michigan State game time, information
Game time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
The line: Michigan State -16
Maryland-Michigan State preview
Michigan State beat Maryland last season, but a repeat outcome on Saturday is unlikely. Northwestern is the worst loss Michigan State’s had this season, and the Wildcats have since broken into the College Football Playoff rankings. Maryland’s already lost to Rutgers, Northwestern and Michigan in addition to Ohio State and Wisconsin. It hasn’t been an easy season for the Terrapins, who started a walk-on at quarterback last season, and that’s not likely to change in this game.
Michigan’s rocked the Big Ten with an improved defense and a steady offense.
The Spartans rank 12th in defensive S&P+ and 103rd in offensive S&P+, a stark difference. Even after Michigan State’s 48-3 loss to Ohio State, the Spartans’ defense looks fearsome. You can bet they’ll be locked in and looking to rebound.
“I just think that’s human nature,” defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Snyder said. “Obviously we didn’t play well. We didn’t play our best football. I think that these kids are made of the right stuff that they’re going to come out and do what they know they can do.”
Maryland’s not doing anything too well on either side of the ball.
S&P+ ranks Maryland’s offense 96th and its defense 85th. However, Maryland’s rushing attack, its biggest strength, has looked better recently. The Terps averaged 5.6 yards per rush against Michigan last week, their best average since Week 5 against Minnesota. Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison are still threatening backs, but without production at quarterback, things haven’t been great. The Terps gained 380 yards last week, nothing to sneeze at, but only had 10 points. They could turn to some trick plays to make things interesting in this one. If walk-on Ryan Brand is starting again, he at least provides some athleticism.
“You’re not gonna try to manufacture a reverse pass or a quarterback throw back—that was wide open—with a kid like Max [Bortenschlager] that’s not a great athlete,” offensive coordinator Walt Bell said this week, per Testudo Times, “and you’re going against a great defense, so I think it’s a combination of both.”
The Terps will probably need all they can get.
Which TV channel is Maryland-Michigan State on?
Maryland vs. Michigan State will be televised on FOX. Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders are on the call.
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How to listen to Maryland-Michigan State
Maryland vs. Michigan State is on the radio on 105.7 FM in Baltimore, 980 AM in D.C. and the TuneIn app. Johnny Holliday, Tim Strachan and Lamont Jordan are on the call.