I think Maryland's offense will struggle against a highly-ranked Michigan defense led by former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. However, the Wolverines are last in the Big Ten in total offense. Michigan quarterbacks have thrown 15 interceptions and just five touchdown passes since the first game of the season. And I think the Terps' defense, fresh off two strong performances, will lead Maryland to a win at the "Big House."
Maryland 16, Michigan 13
Although Michigan needs a win to clinch bowl eligibility and will feed off its crowd in the home finale, I think Maryland will play with a certain level of desperation, too. Both of these offenses have been in the tank, and the fact that Maryland is facing the country's eighth-rated defense without Stefon Diggs is problematic. But I think, much like the Penn State game, Maryland's defense will be able to make enough plays to win the field position battle, and if the kicking game and special teams perform, the Terps will have a chance to win their fifth road game of the year.
This Maryland offense has struggled mightily. And regardless of who sees the most time — C.J. Brown, Perry Hills or even Shane Cockerille — what ails this unit likely will not be fixed overnight.
That's why Maryland will once again have to rely on its defense, hoping that the players who held the fort so valiantly against Michigan State until the game's later stages can do the same against Michigan on the road.
But what Maryland should fear is the compounding effect that eventually caused the dam to break against the Spartans. Because the Terrapins cannot seem to sustain offensive drives, the defense is forced to stay on the field for a greater portion of the game.
If Maryland can end up squeezing anything at all out of this offense, even just a big enough portion of the time of possession to allow the defense to catch its breath consistently, the Terrapins could win.