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Maryland Terrapins at Ohio State Buckeyes
- Ohio State and Maryland first played in 2014, and the Buckeyes are 5-0 all-time in the series, scoring at least 49 points in every meeting. Since 1980, no FBS team has scored 49 or more points in six consecutive meetings against a single team.
- The Buckeyes allowed 21 points in their opening game against Florida Atlantic but have given up 10 or fewer points in every game since. Their streak of seven consecutive games holding their opponent to 10 points or fewer is the longest in the FBS since Alabama's seven-game streak in 1990.
- After a 3-2 start, Maryland has dropped four in a row, including last week's 38-7 loss to Michigan. In the Terrapins' three wins they are averaging 290.3 rushing yards per game and 7.2 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns on the ground. They average 131.2 yards per game and 3.7 per carry in their six losses with just five scores.
- Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins averaged 4.58 yards per rush last season after averaging 7.23 as a freshman in 2017. This season, however, he is back up to 7.21 yards per carry for an FBS-leading 2.63-yard improvement per carry over last year (min. 100 carries both seasons).
- Javon Leake scored Maryland's only touchdown in last week's loss to Michigan, a 97-yard kick return. Leake now has two kick return scores this season and three in his career, trailing only Virginia's Joe Reed (five) among active Power 5 players.
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Ohio State is rested and ready for the crucial stretch run of the Big Ten schedule. And then, the Buckeyes hope, a run through the College Football Playoff.
After all, they're the top-ranked team in the CFP rankings.
In the midst of preparing for Maryland, its opponent Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio State on Tuesday learned it is ranked No. 1 in the first CFP rankings of the season. Come Saturday, the Terrapins hope the Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) will be guilty of looking ahead.
After playing Maryland (3-6, 1-5), the Buckeyes play at woeful Rutgers before hosting No. 4 Penn State on Nov. 23 then going to No. 14 Michigan a week later.
But Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah said memories of the Buckeyes' national championship aspirations being derailed by shocking losses to Iowa in 2017 and Purdue last season are ever present.
"I think it's really important to maintain that focus just because as we've seen in the past, one week can ruin your whole season," he said. "So, we're trying to go against Maryland with a fresh mindset and try to end the week 1-0."
Ohio State coach Ryan Day understands the challenge he faces.
"You're dealing with 18-, 19-, 20-year old young men," he said. "You have to make sure you're on top of them."
While Maryland was losing 38-7 to Michigan last Saturday, the Buckeyes continued to recover from a bruising victory, also 38-7, over Wisconsin on Oct. 26, during OSU's second open weekend in October weeks.
Maryland opened the season with a 79-0 win over Howard and a 63-20 win against then-No. 20 Syracuse before the struggles hit.
"We won't be result-oriented," Terrapins first-year coach Michael Locksley said. "Nobody said that this was going to be easy.
"We really want to win. That's the bottom line. We really, really want to win. And we also want to give our players the best possible chance to win. You do that with how you put together game plans, with how you develop your depth, with how you play your players."
The Terrapins' belief that they can beat the Buckeyes comes from last season's home game when heavily favored Ohio State escaped with a 52-51 overtime victory.
A difference this time will be that Ohio State has vastly improved its defense to the point it leads the nation in scoring defense (7.9 points per game) and is second in total defense (224.3 yards per game). The defense has allowed two touchdowns in the past 12 quarters.
"I feel like we have the potential to be the best defense in the country," OSU defensive lineman Robert Landers said.
The offense isn't shabby, either. OSU is third in scoring offense (48.3 per game) and sixth in total of offense (514.8 per game).
Maryland has two players the Buckeyes will keep an eye on.
Running back Anthony McFarland Jr. had 298 yards on 21 carries with touchdowns of 81 and 75 yards in the first six minutes against the Buckeyes last season.
Fellow running back Javon Leake had his third career kickoff return for a TD, second this season, when he went 97 yards vs. Michigan.
Highlights like that are fleeting for Maryland, however.
"Consistency is critical, and we're still a work in progress," Locksley said.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 6, 2019