#10/#10 RU vs. Maryland - Who has the edge?

Wondering where the advantage for each team lies in the Rutgers-Maryland matchup this week? Then SOR has you covered. We take a look at everything from offense, defense and special teams to coaching and intangibles as we let you know Who Has the Edge.

OFFENSE
Maryland's passing game is almost non-existent, and the Terrapins have allowed 16 sacks this season (11 in the last two games). UM averages 320.5 yards per game and has been outscored by BCS opponents 62-28. Running back Keon Lattimore powers the offense with 102 yards per game and seven touchdowns.

Rutgers averages 46 points per game through three games and 525.3 yards per game. True junior tailback Ray Rice is among the top rushers and scorers in the nation, while redshirt junior quarterback Mike Teel is the top rated passer in college football. The Scarlet Knights have rolled up the yardage through the passing and rushing game and have outscored the opposition 138-7.
Edge: Rutgers

DEFENSE
Defense is where Maryland hangs its hat this year, and the Terps are holding opponents to less than 300 total yards per game. However, UM has allowed more than 800 yards total to its two BCS opponents and have allowed offenses to get rolling in bunches. West Virginia blew open a 7-7 game with 24 straight points and Wake Forest rolled up 28 unanswered points.

Rutgers allows nine points per game and 215.3 yards per game. Navy is the only team to reach the end zone on the Scarlet Knights, who have racked up seven sacks. RU also has four interceptions, including two in the end zone and has limited the opposition to a paltry 104 passing yards per game.
Edge: Rutgers

SPECIAL TEAMS
Maryland place-kicker Obi Egekeze has been solid this year, making three of his four field goal attempts and converting each of his 12 extra point tries. The Terps are suspect in the kick and punt return game, but punter Travis Baltz has pinned eight kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Rutgers kicker Jeremy Ito is 4-of-6 on field goals and 18-for-18 on PATs. The Scarlet Knights are not setting the world on fire on kicks and returns, and no one has emerged as a Willie Foster or Nate Jones type of breakaway return man.
Edge: Draw

COACHING
Ralph Friedgen showed up at Maryland and got results in his first year as the head coach, leading the Terrapins to the Orange Bowl after the 2001 season. Including that first year, Friedgen led UM to three straight 10-win seasons. He has a 52-26 career record and has led Maryland to bowl games in four of his previous six seasons.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has plenty of momentum at Rutgers and is creeping closer to the .500 mark (33-41 career record) after an abysmal first few years on the Banks. He took over a moribund program that was among the worst in Division I-A and turned it into a bowl participant two years ago and a bowl winner last year.

Fridge may have the pedigree, but Maryland has been on the decline in the last couple of years while Rutgers has been on the rise. The Terps have a BCS bid on their resume, but they don't have a top 10 ranking.
Edge: Rutgers

INTANGIBLES
Maryland had the game at Wake Forest in its hands last week before imploding while allowing the Demon Deacons to score 28 consecutive points during the 31-24 overtime loss. The Terrapins have been whipped to the tune of 45-14 in the second half the last two weeks.

Rutgers is ranked in the top 10 for the second time in school history and should face another sellout crowd while appearing on ABC TV. The Scarlet Knights have been clicking on all cylinders and should be fired up to beat the only non-conference BCS opponent on their schedule. Look for a loud atmosphere at Rutgers Stadium to give the Scarlet Knights the home field advantage.
Edge: Rutgers

RECENT HISTORY
Rutgers has been in the rankings since last October and is an astounding 14-2 since the start of last season. The Scarlet Knights are looking for their first BCS bid this year coming off the first bowl win in school history last year.

Last year Maryland put together its first wining season and bowl bid since the 2003 season. The Terrapins have four bowl bids in the past six seasons, winning three of those (including a 24-7 victory over Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl last season).
Edge: Maryland

OVERALL
Rutgers is now in the position that Maryland was trying to gun for a few years ago. Both schools have hopes for a conference title and BCS bowl bid, but the Knights have the more realistic shot. Rutgers' stock continues to rise while Maryland's plummeted during that heartbreaking loss last week.
Edge: Rutgers


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