Maryland beat writers predict the outcome of Terps-Indiana

September 27, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Each week during Big Ten play, the Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs, a Maryland football beat writer from another publication and I will predict the outcome of the Terps' upcoming game.

This week's rotating writer is Keith Cavanaugh from Terrapin Times.

Here are our predictions for Maryland's matchup with Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington (1:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network).

Matt Zenitz

Prediction: Maryland 34, Indiana 31

Indiana can score points, and the Terps will likely have a tough time on defense, especially considering all of the injuries they are dealing with on that side of the ball. But the Hoosiers are not great on defense, and I think Maryland’s offense will have some success against an Indiana defensive unit that gave up 571 yards of total offense to Bowling Green on Sept. 13 and 503 yards of offense against Missouri last week.

Roman Stubbs

Prediction: Maryland 38, Indiana 34

Aside from inefficiency on third down, Maryland's offense has looked sharp the last two weeks and has shown an affinity for the big play. I think that continues in a likely shootout against an Indiana defense that has proven little through the first three weeks. Maryland's defense has its own set of issues — and it will surely be tested by Indiana's tempo, but I think it finds enough plays on offense and special teams to win in a new environment.

 

Keith Cavanaugh

Prediction: Maryland 37, Indiana 34

Maryland wins another track meet, war of attrition type game. On offense, the Terps use the quick, short passing, screen game to their advantage, which opens up C.J. Brown to finally have some success in the deep game, where he connects finally this week while on defense, the beleaguered, banged-up Terps defense gets gashed by Tevin Coleman plenty of times but doesn’t break enough to lose.

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