Terps a 7.5-point underdog heading into game vs. Ohio State

September 29, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

The Wynn Las Vegas has Maryland as a 7.5 point underdog heading into Saturday's game against No. 20 Ohio State, according to VegasInsider.com.

The Terps (4-1) beat Indiana, 37-15, in Bloomington on Saturday. But Ohio State (3-1) is a perennial national power that has outscored its past two opponents a combined 116-28 after losing to Virginia Tech Sept. 6.

The Buckeyes lost star quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending injury during preseason practice. However, his replacement, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, has thrown for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns with just one interception in Ohio State's last two games while completing 74 percent of his passes.

Barrett also ran for 79 yards on 14 carries during the Buckeyes' 50-28 win over Cincinnati Saturday.

Ohio State is also getting 5.9 yards per carry from sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and has some of the top defensive players in the Big Ten, like defensive end Joey Bosa, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and cornerback Doran Grant.

Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel was 21 of 32 for 352 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Buckeyes’ pass defense Saturday. However, Ohio State shut out Kent State, 66-0, in its previous game, and the Buckeyes are allowing just 2.9 yards per carry in their last three games.


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