Maryland Terrapins at Clemson Tigers
Saturday October 16 @ 12:00 PM ET
How We Got Here:
Maryland: (4-1, 1-0)
Defeated Navy 17-14, Morgan State 62-3, lost at West Virginia 31-17, defeated Florida International 42-28, Duke 21-16
Clemson: (2-3, 0-2)
Defeated North Texas 35-10, Presbyterian 58-21, lost at Auburn 27-24 OT, lost to Miami (FL) 30-21, lost at North Carolina 21-16
Recent History: Over the last few years, the Terps have had something on Clemson as Maryland was able to beat the Atlantic Division champs last year for its lone league win of the season. The Terps beat Clemson 13-12 in 2006, 20-17 in 2008, and 24-21 last year.
So What Happens Saturday: The Terps are catching the Tigers when they are down after three straight defeats. In their first of the three defeats, Clemson had a tough loss at Auburn who has a really strong team and extremely good quarterback in Cam Newton. As for Maryland, they are 4-1 but it does seem like a mirage with their only test having been West Virginia and they lost that game. The Terps also come in with some injuries as well chief among them Torrey Smith with a high ankle injury. The key players to watch for the Tigers are Kyle Parker, Andre Ellington (7 TDs), Jamie Harper (5 TDs), and Dwayne Allen has 18 catches with a touchdown. As for the Terps, they have Danny O’Brien, Davin Meggett (3 TDs), Da’Rel Scott (5 TDs), and Smith who has 17 catches with 5 scores. I think it will be a back and forth game with some scoring but I think by the fourth quarter the Tigers will have imposed their will and will win, 24-20 with Kyle Parker having a big day.