Maryland/Morgan State- Game Preview

The Maryland Terrapins take on Morgan State Saturday at 6pm and TSR previews it.

Opponent Preview – Morgan State Bears

Conference – Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2010 Record – 1-0 (0-0)

2009 Record – 6-5 (4-4)

Best Win (2009) – 24-13 at Bethune-Cookman

Worst Loss (2009) – 41-0 in the season opener against Akron

Three Word Sum-Up – Should win easily.

Offense – Last year, Morgan State's offense was pretty putrid. Out of 118 FCS teams, they were 84th in rushing, 107th in passing, 107th in total offense, and 100th in scoring offense (averaging almost 16 points per game). After losing Devan James, last season's leading rusher (161 carries, 639 yards, one touchdown), and quarterback Carlton Jackson (1,457 yards passing, 323 rushing, 12 total touchdowns) to graduation, it looks like the Bears will struggle even more with the ball this season. In their season opener, they had 153 yards of total offense and no touchdowns. Starting quarterback Donovan Dickerson was 16-32 for 109 yards while running back Jourdan Brooks ran for 62 yards on 27 rushes.

Defense – Last season, the Bears' defense was pretty good, and they played very well on Saturday. Morgan State ranked 98th in rushing defense and 68th in total defense, but 31st in pass defense and 33rd in scoring defense (giving up an average of around 21 points per game). They allowed just 73 yards (including negative 33 rushing) last week, and only gave up one score.

Overall – Morgan State hosted Bowie State, a team a division below the Bears, in their opener and squeaked by, 14-7. This is an FCS team who is rebuilding right now after only a mediocre season last year, and is a game the Terps should easily win. Morgan State has talent, however, so this game cannot be overlooked. Expect Maryland to come out strong early and take this game.

Prediction – 38-6. The Terps take a business-like approach to this game and get the job done.

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