Michael Penix Jr. and the Hoosiers look to bounce back at home against the Terrapins
After suffering their first loss of the 2020 season, the Indiana Hoosiers are out for a rebound. Indiana returns home after a hard-fought effort at Ohio State and will host the Maryland Terrapins this weekend. Maryland will be playing its first game since blowing out Penn State three weeks ago. Maryland's last two games against Ohio State and Michigan State were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
Maryland at No. 12 Indiana
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. ET
Spread: Indiana -11.5
When Maryland Has the Ball
Maryland seems to have found its quarterback. Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, was stellar in back-to-back wins against Minnesota and Penn State prior to the Terps having to shut down their schedule. Tagovailoa passed for 676 yards and six touchdowns in Maryland's two wins after the Terps had dropped the season opener against Northwestern.
Tagovailoa should have an opportunity to put up some solid numbers against Indiana, although this is the same Hoosier defense that just forced Ohio State's Justin Fields to make some mistakes. When Maryland wants to get some yards on the ground, the Terps can dial up Jake Funk, who rushed for a career-high 220 yards against Minnesota on 21 carries.
When Indiana Has the Ball
The Hoosiers have one of the Big Ten's top receiving duos, making life relatively easy for quarterback Michael Penix Jr. at times. Ty Fryfogle has been one of the rising stars in the Big Ten and has already surpassed his 2019 season totals for receiving yards and touchdowns, leading the Hoosiers in both categories with 642 receiving yards and seven TDs. Whop Philyor remains a threat as well, although his production has been more complementary to that of Fryfogle this season.
Given what these two teams appear to be able to do on offense, this one could be a high-scoring affair. This is where experience may be a slight advantage, and that is where Indiana has the edge over the Terrapins. Michael Penix Jr. has been fun to watch this season, and he is certainly not lacking for confidence. Look for the Hoosiers to bounce back after pushing Ohio State to the limit last week. Indiana may not lose a game the rest of the regular season.
Prediction: Indiana 42, Maryland 30
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