Penn State – Maryland Predictions
Matchup: Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3) @ Maryland Terrapins (5-3)
Where: Maryland Stadium
When: Saturday, November 6th @ 3:30pm EST
After a tough October that saw the Nittany Lions’ playoff hopes wash down the drain, we finally move into November. Penn State is coming off a loss in Columbus but they played very well and can hopefully take some positives and a little bit of momentum as they start the final stretch of their season. First up in that stretch is a road game in Maryland against the Terrapins. Can they stop their losing skid? The For the Glory team gives their thoughts.
Brandon Musso (5-3)
I have to start by giving Penn State a lot of credit for how they played on the road at Ohio State. If you read my prediction last week, you would know that I was harsh on the Nittany Lions following the horrible loss we saw against Illinois. However, to Penn State’s credit, they looked like a rejuvenated team in Columbus. Against a top team like Ohio State, they played very well and were in the game the entire way with a good shot at winning. In the end, they dropped their third straight game but there was quite a few positives to take from that game.
They now find themselves outside the CFP rankings with a couple big games still on their schedule. First though, they have to get through Maryland which shouldn’t be written off as a win. After three straight losses, Penn State will have to again come out inspired to get back in the win column.
The key to this game is just that. No numbers, no matchups, nothing. Will we see Penn State play as inspired as they did against Ohio State or will we see a repeat of the Illinois game? If we see them play with great energy and inspiration, then they can leave Maryland with a win. I will take a positive approach this week and predict that we will once again see a very good version of this Penn State team. Penn State wins by a touchdown.
Penn State 28
Kraigen Rasalla (5-3)
Finally, October is over. After a 1-3 month where Penn State went from being legit National Title contenders to out of the CFP Committee’s Top 25, I am sure the Nittany Lions are pleased to flip the calendar to November. However, this week presents a tough matchup in 5-3 Maryland. Last season, the Terps throttled Penn State 35-19 in Happy Valley. This year’s Maryland team brings back QB Taulia Tagovailoa and WR Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus. All three had huge games against the Lions this year and after a 38 point outburst last week against Indiana, will be looking to do more of what they did last year against the Lions.
I think the biggest key this week for Penn State is to start off fast. This could be a 3 and out on defense or a score on offense to start the game. After a tough loss last week against the Buckeyes, making it three losses in a row, I think getting behind early or struggling to find an offensive rhythm would really test this team’s character and make things difficult on Saturday.
Fortunately for Penn State, Maryland is near the bottom in most defensive categories in the Big Ten, including being dead last in forcing turnovers, something that ailed Penn State against Ohio State. If they avoid the turnovers, I think they take care of business in a bit of a shootout in College Park.
Penn State 38
Cory Lestochi (5-3)
The UNRANKED Nittany Lions will head to College Park to face a polarizing Maryland Terrapin squad. Penn State is technically reeling, losing its past three games. But this week looks more promising with a struggling Maryland squad.
Still, the success of this team heavily weighs on the health of Sean Clifford. And with little run game to support a struggling Clifford the risk of losing is always there.
Clifford & Co. score enough and the defense plays their best game.
Penn State 28