Wisconsin and Maryland play a Big Ten game on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Wisconsin will attempt to clean up its penalty and turnover issues, which have prevented the Badgers from playing complete games. Running back Garrett Groshek made two critical runs late last week and could be a factor again against Maryland. Safety D’Cota Dixon leads the Badgers in tackles.
Wisconsin-Maryland football TV channel, time, live stream
Wisconsin and Maryland play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21.
TV channel: Wisconsin-Maryland is on FOX.
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, October 21
Live stream: FoxSportsGo.com or via the FOX Sports GO app.
Location: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
Weather: High of 71 degrees and sunny
Wisconsin-Maryland football picks, odds
The line: Wisconsin -24
Over/under: 50 1/2 points
Wisconsin and Maryland have met only twice since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten, and the Badgers have won both games.
In 2014, Wisconsin dominated Maryland 52-7 at Camp Randall Stadium. Badgers running back Melvin Gordon carried 22 times for 122 yards with 3 touchdowns. Each of his scores came in the first half, as Wisconsin took a 24-0 halftime lead. Wisconsin also made good use of a two-quarterback system that featured Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy.
Stave completed 9 of 15 passes for 155 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in his second straight start. Wide receiver Alex Erickson and tight end Sam Arneson each caught a touchdown pass. McEvoy led Wisconsin on two touchdown drives. He ran for a 60-yard touchdown to give Wisconsin a 45-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Wisconsin held Maryland to 175 yards of total offense, which was 227 below the Terrapins’ season average.
When the teams last played in 2015, Wisconsin won a closer-than-expected 31-24 game in College Park, Md. Stave completed 15 of 24 passes for 188 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The game was tied 17-17 at halftime and Wisconsin had only 94 yards of offense. The bulk of that yardage came on a fake punt, when outside linebacker Joe Schobert rushed for 57 yards.
Wisconsin took a second-half lead when Alec Ingold scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Stave’s 7-yard touchdown pass to tailback Dare Ogunbowale helped the Badgers squeeze out a victory.
This season, Maryland is 3-3 with road victories against Texas and Minnesota. Maryland lost 62-14 on the road against Ohio State and 37-21 against Northwestern. Despite those losses, the Terrapins have been one of the better scoring teams in the Big Ten. Maryland ranks fourth in the conference in scoring offense (31.7 points per game) behind Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. However, the Terrapins have the worst scoring defense (36.5 points per game) in the league.
Maryland’s offense is down to its third-string quarterback with Max Bortenschlager. Maryland has lost quarterbacks Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill for the season due to knee injuries.
Wisconsin counters with a defense that has been dominant for long stretches of play, particularly with their backs against the wall. Wisconsin’s defense has taken over in “sudden change” situations 11 times this season, following 5 fumbles, 5 interceptions and a blocked punt. Wisconsin has allowed opponents to convert just 4 of those 11 opportunities into scores — 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals. The Badgers’ defense has outscored opposing offenses 18-17 in the second halves of games this season.
Senior outside linebacker Leon Jacobs was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his part in Wisconsin’s 17-9 victory last week against Purdue. He finished with 9 tackles and grabbed a red-zone interception in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
Wisconsin’s offense will continue to ride freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who earned his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award after rushing for 219 yards against Purdue. Taylor leads the Big Ten in rushing and ranks No. 3 nationally at 164.3 yards per game. He also has scored a league-high 10 rushing touchdowns.