Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Watch: Big Ten Network
All-Time Series: Maryland leads series, 7-1
Last Meeting: 9/8/12. Maryland 36 - Temple 27
Betting Lines: Maryland -15.5, O/U 47
Temple Owls Outlook
Nothing has gone according to plan thus far for Geoff Collins in the first two weeks. Offensively, Frank Nutile has turned the ball over at an alarming rate, which was the knock on Logan Marchi before being replaced by Nutile last season. The offensive line has struggled against Villanova and Buffalo, and gets a Maryland defense that has some talent up front. Isaiah Wright, their top playmaker, has done next to nothing in the two games. It’s been so bad that Temple used three quarterbacks last week and could do so again against the Terps.
On defense, Temple will need that long list of touted recruits on the defensive line and young linebacking corps to play well against Maryland’s jet sweep. Statistically, the Owls have done little to keep offenses at bay. Quincy Roche has one of just two sacks thus far for Temple, as well as a blocked field goal that was returned from a touchdown. Other than that, no one has really stood out up front for Temple. The secondary is the best unit for the Owls, but the Terps have ran 99 run plays compared to 50 pass attempts. While many thought this could be a win before the season started, there has been little to be hopeful about in this matchup against a P5 opponent.
Maryland Terrapins Outlook
Without going into too much detail, the situation in College Park is one that has put Maryland coaches and administrators in hot water. The players, however, are playing football, and doing so at a high level. You wouldn’t think there was anything going on if you looked at just the production on the field.
Everyone expected Texas to come to Maryland and blow them out. That was far from the case. The Terps led for most of the game and played mistake-free football, while Texas turned the ball over three times. Kasim Hill has been nearly perfect, while Tayon Fleet-Davis has been a surprise to a backfield that already has Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison.
Maryland’s strength on defense is their D-line, which is going to be a problem for Temple’s line that has struggled. In our Q&A with Terrapin Times, Dave Lomonico told us that Byron Cowart and Jesse Aniebonam have been stellar in their roles. If you hear their names called often Saturday, the Owls are likely picking Nutile up off the turf while playing from behind.
This is a tale of two different teams at the moment. Maryland is playing with confidence, while Temple is still trying to figure out how to get things going. The Terps run game has been difficult to stop, and Temple has done little to prove they’re capable of coming up with stops. Maryland should take this one with ease, while the Owls are staring at their first 0-3 start since 2013 when they began the season 0-6.
Maryland 31 - Buffalo 14