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Opponent Watch: 3 Things to Watch For From Maryland

Mike Weber Ohio State Football Buckeyes

“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins…” ~ Ulysses S. Grant

A proud son of Ohio, hailing from Point Pleasant, former Civil War general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant would be a strong advocate for as much advanced scouting of the enemy as possible before a battle was engaged. While I have the utmost confidence in Urban Meyer and his strong staff of assistants, below are three areas I will be keeping an eye on when Ohio State takes on the Maryland Terrapins in a Homecoming game in Ohio Stadium.

Maryland’s D.J. Moore Will Be A Huge Test On Ohio State’s Secondary

Moore is Maryland’s leading receiver, with 30 receptions and 5 touchdowns, averaging 13.4 yards a catch.  Considering the struggles Ohio State’s secondary has had this season, Moore will be the first big test for the Buckeyes since week two against Oklahoma.  Will Denzel Ward draw the coverage responsibilities of D.J. Moore?

Ohio State’s Rush Defense Will Be Challenged By Maryland’s Running Game

Maryland’s two running backs, Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison III, are coming off a game at Minnesota that saw the duo combine for 205 yards and one touchdown.  Even D.J. Moore got in the act at Minnesota, with a carry that gained Moore 24 yards.  Keeping Maryland from second-and-short yardage will be crucial.

Expect Maryland To Go For Broke Against Ohio State

At Minnesota, D.J. Durkin was not averse to trying a fake field goal, as well as calling a draw play late in the first half at Minnesota that improved Maryland’s field position, allowing the Terrapins to kick a field goal before the end of the first half.  Keeping in mind that Maryland is a heavy underdog, why not pull out all the stops to try and keep pace with the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium?