Indiana an early favorite over Terps

September 22, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Indiana came away with a 31-27 road win over No. 18 Missouri on Saturday, and the Hoosiers (2-1) begin the week as a three-point favorite heading into Saturday’s home game against Maryland, according to ESPN.

The Terps won at Syracuse, 34-20, Saturday to improve to 3-1. But Maryland is dealing with injuries to several key defensive players and will be facing an Indiana offense scoring an average of 33.7 points per game.

The Hoosiers’ defense has given up 72 points and 1,069 yards of total offense the past two weeks. However, Indiana did hold Missouri to 27 points while the Hoosiers continue to put up points of their own.

Junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld is a returning starter and has thrown for 599 yards the last two weeks. Indiana also has Shane Wynn at wide receiver, who has 18 catches for 207 yards in three games, and the Hoosiers have one of the top playmakers in the Big Ten at running back in 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior Tevin Coleman.

Coleman rushed for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games last year while averaging 7.3 yards per carry, and he has run for 569 yards and six touchdowns this season while averaging 8.6 yards per carry.

Maryland’s banged-up defense gave up 370 rushing yards to Syracuse. The defense will likely need to do a much better job against Coleman if the Terps are going to leave Indiana 1-0 in Big Ten conference play.

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