Greetings from the Midwest! Maryland will play its only regular-season game scheduled in the Central time zone Saturday afternoon against No. 10 Iowa. The Terps lost a close 31-30 contest to Penn State last week, while the Hawkeyes had a bye week. They last beat Northwestern, 40-10, two weeks ago.
Game 8: No. 10 Iowa (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
TV: ABC with Adam Amin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Olivia Harlan (sideline)
Uniforms: Maryland Pride 2.0 hand-painted helmet, white jersey, black pants
Last week: Maryland lost to Penn State, 31-30; Iowa had its bye
Series: Maryland leads, 1-0. The Terps won last year's meeting in College Park, 38-31
Maryland players to watch: Quarterback Perry Hills has carried 51 times for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games. That's a lot. Interim coach Mike Locksley said he hopes to keep Hills to 15-20 carries Saturday. Hills has shown good chemistry with wide receivers Malcolm Culmer and Amba Etta-Tawo, and Culmer was elevated to the starting lineup this week. Defensively, defensive tackles Quinton Jefferson, Azubuike Ukandu and Kingsley Opara will have to stuff the middle against Iowa's rushing game. Meanwhile, the Maryland secondary needs to have a bounce-back game after Penn State torched it a week ago.
Iowa players to watch: Running back Akrum Wadley stepped into the starting lineup in place of the injured Jordan Canzeri a week ago at Northwestern and delivered with 204 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback C.J. Beathard has been hobbled recently, but he's shown some dual-threat skill that could cause problems for the Terps. Redshirt freshman defensive end Parker Hesse has to fill the large shoes left by Drew Ott, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago.