Michigan Football: 3 Reasons Wolverines will beat Terrapins

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1. Maryland’s Defense is a Sieve

Against Big Ten opponents Maryland has given up 17, 51, 66, 34, 35, 31, and 40. The 17 point performance? Against 4-6 Illinois in the Terrapins conference opener.

Maryland ranks 91st out of 130th total defense nationally, and 77th in rush defense. That goes in harmony with exactly what the Wolverines want to do on offense. Running the ball against Maryland should come with ease.

Even worse than their running defense, the Terrapins are a sieve in the passing game as well.

The Terrapins stand at 105th in passing yards per game allowed, 101st in passing yards per attempt allowed, as well as 118th in allowing “explosive” plays — passing plays of 20yds or more down the field.

If Maryland sells out to stop the run, the Michigan football offense will be able to control the ball and game through the air. If the Terps choose to sit back and make the Wolverines run down their respective throat(s), Michigan has shown that they can do that too.

No matter what Maryland brings as far as a defensive strategy goes, there’s nothing they can do to stop (let alone slow down) the Michigan offense.