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9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET4:00 PM GMT12:00 AM 北京时间9:00 AM MST11:00 AM EST, Oct. 6, 2018
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan  Attendance: 109,531

No. 15 Michigan braces for stern test vs. Maryland

Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Wolverines

  1. Michigan leads the all-time series 6-1, and has gone 3-1 against Maryland since the Terps moved to the Big Ten for the 2014 season. In the last three meetings (all Michigan wins), the Wolverines have outscored Maryland 122-13.
  2. Maryland is averaging 6.2 yards per rush this season, the highest mark in the Big Ten and second among Power 5 teams (Georgia Tech). However, Maryland's 565 passing yards rank them last among Power 5 teams. Georgia Tech is the only Power 5 team to attempt or complete fewer passes than Maryland.
  3. Ty Johnson had 11 carries for 123 yards (11.2 YPC) and a score in Maryland's last game. He is averaging 7.5 yards per carry over his historic career. In the last 20 seasons, the only Power 5 players (min. 300 career attempts) with better rushing averages are Melvin Gordon III (7.8) and Felix Jones (7.7).
  4. Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams with 1000+ passing and 1000+ rushing yards this season. Michigan has committed 46 penalties this season, tying them with USC for second most among Power 5 teams (Ole Miss -- 49).
  5. Karan Higdon has run for 119.8 yards per game, second in the Big Ten to only Jonathan Taylor (157.0). His 6.3 yards per carry leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth among Power 5 runners (min. 70 carries). He notched a career-high 30 carries in last week's win over Northwestern.

For No. 15 Michigan, Saturday's game versus visiting Maryland represents one last upset hurdle to clear before the anticipated meat of its schedule finally arrives.

For the Terrapins, it's a chance to earn a signature win and make a statement that they will be a team for which to be reckoned.

It might not seem like it on paper, but there is a lot more intrigue than expected for both teams heading into Saturday's game at Michigan Stadium.

The Wolverines are coming off a closer-than-expected win at Northwestern last week, which saw them rally from a 17-point deficit to avoid what might have been a season-crushing loss.

But Michigan survived and earned a 20-17 win, and now the objective will be to not look past Maryland with its toughest tests looming after that.

"They outplayed us in the first quarter, and I felt like our team responded over the next three," Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh said of the win over Northwestern.

Following the contest against the Terrapins, Michigan (3-1) will host Wisconsin, play at Michigan State and host Penn State over its next three games. That stretch will largely decide if the Wolverines are a Big 10 title and playoff contender.

On his radio show on Monday, Harbaugh said defensive lineman Rashan Gary and running back Chris Evans are questionable with injuries.

Harbaugh said Maryland presents problems his team will have to overcome.

"A very highly ranked defense," Harbaugh said. "There's a lot of speed on defense. They are able to put points on the board offensively. They are a physical team and are active in the secondary. A lot of team speed in their secondary."

Maryland is off to a 3-1 start, which can be argued is a pleasant surprise with all the negative news surrounding the program at the start of the year.

Head coach D.J. Durkin is still on administrative leave as the university conducts its investigations into the death of lineman Jordan McNair and allegations of an abusive culture within the football program under Durkin's watch.

McNair, an offensive lineman, collapsed during a conditioning drill in May and later died.

Interim head coach Matt Canada has presided over a team that upset Texas to start the season, but suffered an embarrassing home loss to Temple on Sept. 15.

However, the Terrapins looked good in a 42-13 win over Minnesota on Sept. 22, and following a bye last week, they hope having two weeks to prepare for the Wolverines will aid their upset bid.

"We got off the mat," Canada said following the win over Minnesota. "We had a tough one (against Temple). Didn't play as well as we wanted to play. We came back and played extremely well. Obviously there are lot of things to clean up. There always are. Our players came back and played with great passion."

Maryland has two dangerous running backs who are both on pace to rush for 1,000 yards in Ty Johnson (300 yards, 40 carries) and Anthony McFarland (291 yards, 27 carries), but this will be by far the toughest defense the Terrapins have faced this season.

Led by Gary, linebacker Devin Bush and Big 10 co-defensive player of the week Chase Winovich, Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense going into Saturday's game.

But other than the Temple game, Maryland has also played solid defense all season, and hopes to have success trying to coral Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson (68.5 completion percentage, 905 yards passing) and senior running back Karan Higdon (479 yards, five touchdowns on 76 carries).

This is the first Big 10 East division game for both squads. Michigan has won the last three meetings between the teams after Maryland beat Michigan in 2014..

Updated October 2, 2018

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