Weekly Gameplan: Bowling Green next up for Maryland Terrapins

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Sep 5, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Bowling Green Falcons quarterback Matt Johnson (11) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland Terrapins are coming off of a 50-21 rout over the Richmond Spiders. Next up are the Bowling Green Falcons.

While the Terps easily disposed of the Spiders, Bowling Green poses a stiffer test. The Falcons lost by 29 points to Tennessee, but they did put 30 points on the board. Maryland will need to come to play, as this could be a trap game.

Game Details:

When: Saturday Sept. 12 @ 12 p.m.

Where: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.

How to Watch: Big Ten Network

Opposing Players to Watch:

The senior had a career day in the Falcons’ Week 1 game against Tennessee, completing 27-of-49 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns. He was able to find a rhythm and pick apart a depleted Volunteers’ secondary. Maryland has a solid secondary, so they will need to watch the film and make sure they don’t make the same mistakes Tennessee made.

Dieter had a spectacular opening game, hauling in seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He stands 6-foot-3 and 2017 pounds. Dieter’s size, alone, could cause some matchup problems for the Terps’ defensive backs.

Sep 5, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Bowling Green Falcons wide receiver Ryan Burbrink (17) catches a pass against Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Micah Abernathy (3) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Burbrink is one of Bowling Green’s most explosive weapons. Against Tennessee, he caught four passes for 70 yards. He is a solid possession receiver who has a high football I.Q. Burbrink also returns punts, another area where he gets to display his athleticism. Burbrink is sure to have plenty of friends and family at the game, as he starred in high school at DeMatha Catholic.

Three Things to Watch:

1. Another Likely Occurrence? 

William Likely was an absolute terror for Richmond last Saturday. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bowling Green coaching staff is bold enough to kick it to him this week. I’d strongly advise against it because Likely can burn you anytime he touches the football. On Maryland’s side of things, they’re hoping Dino Babers will be just as foolish as Danny Rocco

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2. Can Perry Hills Bounce Back?

Hills struggled mightily against Richmond, throwing for only 138 yards. He did toss two touchdowns, but he also had an awful interception. He will need to be much more consistent this week. We watched Randy Edsall chew him out on the sidelines, telling him to “settle down.” That’s exactly what he’ll need to do against Bowling Green. The Falcons have a mediocre defense, so he will have to take advantage.

3. Terps’ Secondary vs. Falcons’ Receivers

The Falcons have a very talented receiving corps. Two of them, Dieter and Burbrink were highlighted in the players to watch, but they aren’t the only ones who can make plays. Maryland’s defensive backs played well against Richmond’s dynamic duo, but they could have their hands full with Bowling Green if they take them for granted. At any given moment, Likely will be the best player on the field and he will need to be shutdown this week.

Prediction:

There’s no way this game will be as one-sided as Week 1. Bowling Green has an explosive offense, which put up 30 points against a top-25 team. The Terps will get everything they can handle, especially with a fairly inexperienced defense. Maryland will have no problem putting points on the board, though, as the Falcons’ defense is not very good. Expect a shootout, with Maryland making more defensive stops than Bowling Green.

Maryland 38, Bowling Green 27

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