OSU Schedule Countdown: No. 7

With Ohio State's fall camp just weeks away, BuckeyeSports.com is ranking the most intriguing games on the schedule. Maryland is next up on the list at No. 7.

Like the game against Rutgers that was covered earlier in the countdown, Ohio State's contest against Maryland is an illustration of how far the conference newcomers have to go to get to the top.

Both teams acquitted themselves decently in their first Big Ten season by going to bowl games but blowout losses against the best Big Ten teams made it clear just how far they have to go. The problem on Maryland's end is that the Terps could take a step back in 2015 after losing more than half their starters from last season. They'll be without their leading passer, leading rusher and two leading receivers from last season, which doesn't bode well for their chances at keeping up with the high-octane Buckeyes this fall.

There are a number of toss-up games on the schedule that will likely determine the direction of the program and the fate of head coach Randy Edsall, but their trip to Ohio Stadium won't be one of those. For that reason, it's hard to see this game as one of the more anticipated matchups on Ohio State's slate.

No. 7: Maryland
Nickname: Terrapins
Conference: Big Ten
Stadium: Byrd Stadium (51,802)
Head coach: Randy Edsall (fifth year, 20-30)
Record against Ohio State: 0-1 (52-24 in 2014)
Returning starters: six offense, four defense
2014 record: 7-6 (4-4 Big Ten)
Scout.com recruiting rankings: No. 47 (2015), No. 61 (2014), No. 48 (2013), No. 36 (2012), No. 55 (2011)
Who to watch: CB William Likely, K Brad Craddock, S Sean Davis, WR Marcus Leak, LG Andrew Zeller

Why This Matchup Could Be Higher:
It's homecoming, if you're into that. There's a slight chance the Terps could enter the game with a 5-0 record (although both West Virginia and Michigan will provide tests), which would lend some atmosphere to a noon kickoff sandwiched into the middle of a pretty uninspiring stretch of schedule for the Buckeyes.

Why This Matchup Could Be Lower:
Maryland lost a lot of talent from last season, most notably wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. Ohio State has eight players on Phil Steele's first-team All-Big Ten squad, while the Terrapins have just six players on the first through fourth teams. Ohio State beat Maryland 52-24 last year on the road, and since then the Buckeyes have gotten better and the Terrapins have gotten worse. On top of all that, it's a noon kickoff.

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