Michigan plays host to Maryland on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET inside Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) and Terrapins (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) face off in a bit of a homecoming for Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin. The first-year head coach was the defensive coordinator at Michigan last season, and has coached alongside Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford as well.
Michigan is trying to keep their dream season alive, and move back to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, as the debut rankings put them at No. 3. Maryland, on the other hand, is fighting for bowl eligibility as they have a tough stretch ahead with games against Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State consecutively.
Can D.J. Durkin’s knowledge of Michigan’s personnel play a difference? Or will the first-year head coach be another victim of a blowout inside Michigan Stadium? Here’s how to watch and find out.
The details about Michigan v. Maryland
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Weather: 63 degrees and sunny (it’s November)
What TV channel Michigan v. Maryland on?
The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan v. Maryland online?
You can watch the game on ESPN3 or on the WatchESPN app available on the App Store and Google Play store.
Who is calling the game?
Steve Levy will do the play-by-play, Brian Griese is the analyst, and Todd McShay is the sideline reporter.
Michigan vs. Maryland keys to the game
Force them to pass – Maryland is second in the Big Ten in rushing yards. They’re going to run a lot of read option plays early on, and their three running back attack should confuse Michigan early. The defensive line should be able to bully Maryland’s offensive line, and the linebackers should start to be able to shut down the run early. Once that happens, and Maryland’s No. 11 ranked Big Ten passing offense is forced to pass, then that could be when things start shifting towards a blowout.
Continue to attack – Michigan’s defense is still ranked as the country’s best. Maryland will likely challenge Michigan on the ground, but the Terrapins give up the most sacks in the conference, while Michigan leads the way in sacks for. It should be a big day for Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley off the edge. If Michigan can continue its attack, and consistency, on the defensive line – that will be the difference of dominating Maryland.
Hit the gas – Last week, Michigan went conservative and almost let Michigan State crawl back in the latter part of the game. They can’t let that happen against a Maryland offense that’s much more capable than the Spartans’. If Michigan hits the gas in the second half, and doesn’t let up, then the same issues from last week’s ending won’t arrive.