Wisconsin looks for its fifth straight win when it travels to Maryland Saturday

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between Wisconsin and Maryland at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Maryland (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, November 7 at 2:42 p.m. CT

Stadium – Byrd Stadium (51,802/FieldTurf)

Television – Big Ten Network (Josh Lewin, Chuck Long, J Leman)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin leads 1-0 (First Meeting in College Park, MD)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 52-7, on October 25, 2014 in Madison

Series Notes

Wisconsin is 0-1 all-time in the state of Maryland, with a 36-7 loss to No. 2-ranked Navy in a 1945 game played in Baltimore.

Wisconsin wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore and Maryland defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins were college teammates at Wyoming in 1988 and 1989.

All-time, the Badgers are 11-2 in their first road game against Big Ten foes, dating back to the conference’s founding in 1896.

The Terrapins are 55-33-4 all-time in Homecoming games since the event was first notated in 1923, including a 16-0 mark between 1970-85. The Terps defeated Iowa, 38-31, in last year’s Homecoming game.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in the FBS in scoring defense at 11.0 points per game. UW has led the nation in scoring defense twice: the famed “Hard Rocks” defense allowed 6.6 points per game in 1951, and the 1998 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Badgers allowed 10.2 points per game.

After giving up 238 rushing yards to Alabama in its season opener Sept. 5, Wisconsin has surrendered an average of 77.9 yards over its last eight games.

Wisconsin has been successful on 24 of 46 third-down attempts over the last three games, a conversion percentage of 52.2 percent. UW has converted at least 50 percent of its tries in all three games.

Senior QB Joel Stave owns a record of 28-9 as a starter at Wisconsin. His .757 career win percentage is the fourth-best mark among active FBS quarterbacks (minimum 25 starts).

A total of 24 players have seen their first collegiate action for Wisconsin in 2015, including 16 that have made their first career starts. Wisconsin has played a total of 21 freshmen (17 redshirt freshmen, 4 true freshmen) this season. Only Penn State (22) has played more among Big Ten teams.

Maryland Notes to Consider

Junior quarterback Perry Hills has rushed for 394 yards over the last three games - the most by an FCS quarterback during that span. He is looking to become the first Maryland player since Bruce Perry (2001) to post four straight 100-yard rushing games.

The Terrapins are averaging 220.3 rushing yards over their last three games as an offensive unit. It is the third-highest rushing total in the Big Ten over that span behind unbeaten squads Ohio State (259.3) and Iowa (227.3).

The Maryland defense had a strong second half against Iowa last weekend, holding the Hawkeyes to just 53 yards. Iowa was forced to punt on 4-of-5 possessions in the half, with its lone successful drive coming on a 14-yard drive that resulted in a field goal.

Junior defensive end Yannick Ngakoue ranks second in the nation with 10.5 sacks through eight games, the eighth highest single-season mark in program history. As a team, the Terps have totaled 28.0 sacks, the program’s highest total through eight games since 2000 (29.0).

Maryland features strong consistency on the offensive line, specifically tackle Michael Dunn and guards Ryan Doyle and Andrew Zeller. The trio has combined for 96 starts over their careers along the offensive line.

Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 8-1

Against the Spread: 5-4

 

 


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