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Maryland Gameday Digest: Michigan

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland was thrashed by West Virginia last week, 45-6, in the third-worst loss of coach Randy Edsall's tenure in College Park. This weekend's task doesn't get any easier with the resurgent No. 22 Michigan coming to town after a 31-0 blowout win over BYU last week.

Game 5: No. 22 Michigan (3-1)

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Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Kickoff: Noon

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TV: Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Lisa Byington (reporter)

Radio: 101.9 FM, 980 AM with Johnny Holiday (play-by-play), Tim Strachan (anaylst) and Scott McBrien (analyst)

Forecast: 55 degress, 90 percent humidity, cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain

Team captains: Ryan Doyle (offense), Anthony Nixon (defense) and Brad Craddock (special teams)

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Flag bearers: Wes Brown (American) and A.J. Hendy (Maryland)

Uniforms: "Black ops" look with new Maryland flag hand-painted black helmet

Last week: Maryland lost to West Virginia, 45-6. Michigan beat BYU, 31-0

Series: Michigan leads, 3-1. Maryland won, 23-16, in last November's meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Maryland players to watch: Linebackers Jermaine Carter Jr., Jefferson Ashiru and Jalen Brooks will have their hands full with Michigan's power running game and assortment of talented tight ends and fullbacks. The offensive line has a tough task with the Wolverines' defensive front, and the weather could force quarterback Caleb Rowe to hand the ball off more to running backs Brandon Ross and Wes Brown.

Michigan players to watch: Quarterback Jake Rudock has been to Byrd Stadium once before as an Iowa Hawkeye, but he'll have a good group of running backs to hand off to whether De'Veon Smith is healthy or not. Defensive end Chris Wormley has been a disruptive force this season, and safety Jabrill Peppers is a playmaker.

For updates: Follow Maryland football beat writer Daniel Gallen on Twitter at @danieljtgallen.

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