Michigan vs. Maryland Preview

The No.2 Michigan Wolverines (8-0, 5-0) continue to show dominance in every aspect of the game.  They have proven to a lot of people that they can win even when things aren’t going as easily as expected, as shown in last week’s 32-23 win over Michigan State. This week, the Wolverines return home to face the Maryland Terrapins.

Opponent Overview

The Terrapins (5-3, 2-3) will be the first team with a winning record that Michigan has faced in over a month.  They are led by redshirt-senior quarterback Perry Hills who has thrown for 1070 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He also boasts a 149.9 passer rating, the best in the Big Ten.

Maryland’s running game is headlined by sophomore Ty Johnson, who leads the team with 634 rushing yards, as well as freshman Lorenzo Harrison, who leads the team with 79 carries and five touchdowns.  Expect Perry Hills to scramble as well.  He has 136 yards and four touchdowns on 63 carries.

The Terps have five receivers who have caught for at least 100 yards.  Mainly, the secondary for the maize and blue will have to focus on D.J. Moore, Teldrick Morgan and Levern Jacobs who combined have 82 of the team’s 125 receptions.

Players to Watch

Michigan’s DefenseThe Wolverines got a bit of reality check against Sparty a week ago.  They’ll need to get back on track against a Maryland offense with a lot of threats.  Jourdan Lewis will have a lot to do against their big three of Moore, Jacobs and Morgan.  The front seven will also have to get back to the way it was before they let up over 200 yards rushing for just the second time all season.  Keeping Perry Hills in check will also be a top priority as he could burn Michigan on the ground and through the air.

Wilton Speight-Although he completed 64 percent of his passes for 244 yards, the junior quarterback failed to get a touchdown against Michigan State.  He’ll have to put some points on the board against a Terps defense that only lets up 171 passing yards a game.

Jabrill Peppers-It seems as if every week Jabrill Peppers looks more and more like a future Heisman Trophy winner.  Last week he made seven tackles, ran for a touchdown and took a fumble on a two-point conversion all the way back to seal the deal against Michigan State.  He and the other linebackers will have to keep an eye on Perry Hills so that he can’t scramble when he doesn’t have anyone open.

The game will be broadcast this Saturday, November 5, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and on the WatchESPN app.

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