Maryland beat writers predict the outcome of Terps-Penn State

Will Maryland have reason to celebrate after Saturday's game at Penn State?
Will Maryland have reason to celebrate after Saturday's game at Penn State? (Patrick Smith, Getty Images)

Each week during Big Ten play, the Washington Post's Roman Stubbs, another Maryland football beat writer and I share our predictions for the Terps' upcoming game.

This week's rotating writer is Alex Kirshner from Testudo Times.


Here are our predictions for Saturday's game between Maryland (5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) and Penn State (4-3, 1-3) in State College, Pa.

Matt Zenitz

Penn State 24, Maryland 17

I think Maryland's defensive front is better than Penn State's offensive line and that the Terps will be able to limit the Nittany Lions' offense as a result. I just think that Penn State's defense will create problems for the Terps' offensive line and that Maryland will have trouble putting up points against that highly ranked Penn State defense, enough so for the Nittany Lions to come away with a win.

Roman Stubbs

Maryland 20, Penn State 17

Penn State enters this game as a slight favorite, but I wonder how much of a toll last week's emotional double overtime loss against Ohio State took. Maryland had a draining performance of its own against Wisconsin, and I think the production in all three phases will improve this week. Look for Maryland's front seven to establish pressure and keep Christian Hackenberg uncomfortable — and if the offense can make plays in the passing game and control the ball enough to keep the defense out of difficult situations, the Terps should have the footing to pull it out.

Alex Kirshner

Penn State 17, Maryland 14

I figured Penn State would win by a full touchdown earlier this week, but I think Andre Monroe and the Maryland defensive front should do well against an underwhelming Nittany Lions offensive line. With that said, Penn State's defense is a lot better than Maryland's offense, and I don't know that the Terps can scrape together enough points to win the game. If Will Likely makes another game-turning play on an interception or punt return, things could change quickly, but I expect Penn State to come out ahead — narrowly. Given the weather, both offenses and Penn State's defense, I'm fairly certain we'll have a low-scoring game.

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