Maryland Football: Terps’ loss to Michigan further proves program’s mediocrity


Well it’s official, the Maryland Terrapins are now 2-3 (0-1) after their 28-0 loss to the Michigan Wolverines at home in College Park. For the second week in a row, the Maryland Terrapins have been shut down and made out to be a non factor. In the last two games, the Terrapins have given up 73 points and have only scored six points.

In today’s game, fans and spectators saw more of the same from the Terps: stalled drives, another mid game quarterback change that didn’t make things better and a defense, although good in the first half, struggling because the offense wasn’t on the field long enough.

The Maryland Terrapins only had seven first downs to Michigan’s 14 and the Wolverines put up 378 total yards to Maryland 105. That’s not the biggest teller for how the game went. The biggest stat was time of possesion; 34:19 – 25:41 in Michigan’s favor.

The Maryland Terrapins football program is in shambles and a month into the season, already things aren’t looking good. Here are the reasons why the Terps football program is mediocre at best.

1. The Quarterback Position is a Revolving Door

The Maryland Terrapins don’t have a true leader at the quarterback position. All the other teams in the Big Ten have guys who can lead their offenses, score points and give their defenses time to rest. Caleb Rowe threw four interceptions last week at West Virginia, gets the chance to start again this week, and throws three more. 

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Both times, Daxx Garman comes in to replace him and unfortunately was put in a bad spot, unable to clean up the mess. How many times is that going to happen this season? With no quarterback able to produce at a level for this team to be successful, the Maryland Terrapins will continue to struggle.

2. The Offense Isn’t Helping the Defense

Three and out is a theme for the Terps on offense. The defense has no time to rest and they keep being put in positions where the opposing offense is knocking on the door. It’s true what they say: defense wins games and championships but not if the offense isn’t doing its job. The defense held its own in the first half and was able to do some things but it needs help. Football is a team game and all three units need to perform well in order to win.

3. Randy Edsall will be in the hot seat (if he isn’t already)

Randy Edsall is now 0-11 against top 25 ranked teams and those losses have come by an average of 23 points. Allowing Caleb Rowe to start again was a questionable call. You wonder now if Edsall’s job is in jeopardy if things don’t turn around.

Now the Terps have to go on the road next weekend (October 10th) to play Ohio State and face an offense that is in the top 50 in total offense (44th) and top 20 in total defense (17th).  They’re 4-0 this season and have guys like Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa as leaders. Will the mediocrity continue or will the Maryland Terrapins shock the world and pull off the upset?

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