The Terps are back on the road and ready to kick off their Big Ten opener. After a much-needed bye week, the Maryland football team is traveling to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers. The Terps are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but they hope to reverse their fortunes and get back on track in the Big Ten.
Led by head coach DJ Durkin, the Terps have had an up-and-down season so far. With a 4-4 record, the Terps have had some impressive wins, but have also been plagued by inconsistency. The bye week came at an opportune time for the Terps, giving them an opportunity to rest, regroup and refocus.
The Hoosiers come into the matchup with a 4-5 record, but they have been playing much better lately. After a rough start to the season, they have gone 3-2 in their last five games. Indiana’s defense has been their strong suit, ranking in the top half of the Big Ten in most defensive categories.
The Terps will be looking to get back to their winning ways as they face the Hoosiers. The running game will be key for the Terps, as they will need to establish the run early and often. Junior running back Ty Johnson has been a bright spot for the Terps, averaging over five yards per carry. The Terps will also need to find success through the air, and quarterback Max Bortenschlager needs to be a leader and be more consistent with his accuracy and decision making.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Terps will look to play aggressive and force Indiana into mistakes. The Terps have had trouble forcing turnovers this season, and they will need to find ways to create them on Saturday. Stopping the run will also be important for the Terps, as Indiana will try to establish their ground game early on.
The Terps will have their hands full as they take on the Hoosiers in their Big Ten opener. They will need to be at their best if they are going to get back in the win column. The bye week should have given them an opportunity to rest and regroup, and the Terps will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday.