I am going to remain unfashionable around here and talk about actual football. I am seeing a lot of angst about this Maryland game - maybe due to the 6-3 record I suppose. Yes we are mediocre as all hell, but taking a closer look at Maryland so are they. Looking at their advanced stats they are basically Rutgers level with a slightly better defense. And we get it at home.
I was curious how their QB (CJ Brown) stacks up so I did a run down of the QBs we have played in Big 10 + Golson, and threw in Tommy Armstrong. Indiana had a pylon out there so didn't bother. CJ Brown is not a good QB. In the words of Lloyd Bentsen "I knew Gary Nova, Gary Nova was a friend of mine. Brown, you're no Gary Nova."
While difficult to believe, Gary Nova is most likely the 3rd best QB in the Big 10. As shockingly, one can make a case Hackenberg is among the worst. Here they are sorted by adjusted QBR.
Brown is a less accurate version of Siemian - who torched Ray Taylor but still. The only QB who threw for less yards per attempt is Siemian. Brown's 54% completion rate is only better than Mitch Leidner and Tommy Armstrong. (by a whole %) And those guys at least attempt to throw the ball farther (nearly 2 yards per attempt). He gets sacked a boatload of times. So it's a guy who throws a lot of short passes, in an inaccurate fashion while getting hit all day. This is not a guy who is going to throw over our safeties like Nova could.
Speaking of Leidner, Minnesota at least has Cobb, a very good RB. Maryland's leading rusher? CJ Brown and his 380 yards. About 100 more than Leidner. (Cobb has 1200 for perspective) So Brown is the whole show; their leading RB has about 50 more yards than Drake Johnson on the year.
Further, of Brown's 1477 paltry yards, Stefon Diggs and his nearly 700 looks like will be sidelined. And an angry MSU is going to Maryland this weekend to tenderize them for us.
3 wins in a row baby? If our salty offense can chuck up 17-20 pts it sure looks possible. Doesn't mean much in the big picture but no reason to be fearful of these Terps.
Tangent: look at poor Hackenberg. His stats (aside from yardage) all trail Devin. That's what 35 sacks and countless pressures will do to you. Will be interesting to see if he recovers mentally in 2015.