Maryland plays UCF after its bye week, and it may be the Terrapins’ toughest test this season.
DJ Durkin’s team is 2-0 after a season-opening win over Texas and a Week 2 blowout of in-state FCS school Towson. Scott Frost’s UCF is 1-0 after a Week 1 win over Florida International. The Knights’ second game of the season was canceled due to Hurricane Irma, so the team has not played since Aug. 31.
Below, find the game time, tv channel, streaming and radio information and a game preview for Maryland vs. UCF.
Maryland-UCF details: Time, details
Game time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: College Park, Md.
Weather: High of 84, partly cloudy
The line: Maryland -4
What TV channel is Maryland-UCF on?
The Maryland-UCF game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
How can I watch Maryland-UCF online?
FOXSportsGo has Maryland-UCF. Here’s a link directly to where it’ll be streaming.
Where to listen to Maryland-UCF on the radio
Tune in to 105.7FM in Baltimore, 980AM in D.C. and Sirius channel 83.
Maryland-UCF game preview
Maryland traveled to Florida and topped UCF in overtime on a Tyrrell Pigrome run last season. At the time, UCF seemed to be a team undergoing a long rebuild under Frost, then a first-year coach. Later in 2016, it became apparent that was not the case. Maryland finished 87th in Bill Connelly’s S&P+, while UCF ended as No. 75.
Three keys to the game:
- Maryland has one of the best ground games in the country through Week 3. Ty Johnson is out to a ridiculous start this season, averaging 15.1 yards per carry, which is three yards more than the next-best mark. But everyone gets in on the action in Maryland’s backfield. Lorenzo Harrison is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, but his success last season is reason to think that will go up. QB Kasim Hill ran for 41 yards on just 5 carries against Towson, and WR D.J. Moore took his only carry of the season for a 21-yard touchdown.
- How will UCF look in its first football game in three weeks? The Knights have had to deal with so many things that aren’t football in the past few weeks. “We’re just excited to play again. I don’t know the state of our team very well, other than how we’re practicing because of unfortunate circumstances, but our guys are excited to play,” Frost said on Monday, according to The Washington Post. “We certainly put their safety at the forefront of all the decisions that were made and the kids are upset that they had to miss some time, but they’re looking forward to playing again.”
- Maryland’s freshman quarterback has his first start against a non-FCS team. Kasim Hill looked great against Towson in Week 2. The problem with that is Towson is not on the same level as any team Maryland will play for the rest of the season. It’s hard to draw anything definitive from his performance against Texas, either, when he was 4-for-4 for 44 yards through the air. None of this is his fault. Hill has done well when he’s had the chance. It’s just impossible to know how he will look against a tougher defense. And UCF provides a tougher defense.