It's teacher vs. student on Saturday as Maryland coach D.J. Durkin returns to Ann Arbor to face off against his former boss. Can the Terrapins pull off the upset?
The Michigan Insider previews the upcoming Big Ten clash.
Last Meeting: Michigan defeated Maryland 28-0 in 2015
What a win means for Michigan: These are starting to sound like broken records leading up to Ohio State week. This, again, is another opponent the Wolverines should take care of easily and should be seen as a stepping stone to reach their goals. A victory over the Terrapins is just another victory towards the goal of earning championships.
What a win means for Maryland: Quote provided by Dave Lomonico of Terrapin Times on Scout: "I mean, pretty much everything. Maryland has never beaten a team ranked that high in their history, so historically speaking it would be significant. And for the program itself, it would solidify the feeling D.J. Durkin has things moving in the right direction and UMD is on the upswing. It would also be a boon to the confidence of the players, coaches, administrators, fans and the like, and it would generate even more of a buzz around the football team.
A victory over Michigan might even move Maryland closer to that "equilibrium" they've been trying to achieve of being equal parts a football and basketball school. Not to mention it would be huge for recruiting, providing the staff a potent pitch they can deliver to prospects. "
Players to watch: Lomonico: "On the offensive side, pay attention to freshman running back LoLo Harrison. He is steadily becoming a force and has climbed the depth chart to become Maryland's feature runner. He runs with great balance, vision and accelerates quickly through small holes. Plus he's stout, physical and runs low, making him tough to bring down on first contact. He reminds many of Ray Rice when he was at Rutgers.
Defensively, well, Maryland's struggled mightily of late, but the one guy to note is cornerback J.C. Jackson. He hasn't always played like it, but he's a former 5-star recruit who went to Florida (Durkin recruited him there) and had a falling out. After heading to JUCO, Jackson transferred to Maryland and has flashed his vast potential. He's a true lockdown cover man with elite speed and ball skills, and figures to be a first or second rounder when he enters the Draft."
What they're saying: Video courtesy of Terrapin Times: