The Maryland Terrapins first season in the Big 10 resulted in a 7-5 record. Stanford's season was inconsistent and a relatively disappointing finishing with a 7-5 regular season record. The teams will meet on the football field for the first time ever.
From Matt Vassar:
"Almost in every category of the game, Stanford is a bit more than Maryland should be able to handle. It's likely that Maryland's run game will be completely shut down, and Maryland's pass game will only fare marginally better.
On the other side of the ball, Maryland might be able to create a little bit of noise, but Stanford's offensive line should be able to contain the Maryland defensive line, opening up lanes on run plays and allowing Hogan time to develop passing plays."
From Roll Bama Roll:
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How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: December 30, 7:00 p.m. PT
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM
Online streaming: Watch ESPN
Rankings and records
Both teams head into the game with a 7-5 record and neither are ranked. Stanford is a 14 point favorite to win.
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6 Things to Watch
1.Will Stanford's offensive play calling continue to improve or will it regress?
2.Which Kevin Hogan will show up? The Kevin Hogan that made great reads and progressions lighting up the scoreboard against Cal and UCLA, or the cringe worthy performance against Notre Dame and others?
3. Will Remound Wright continue to establish his dominance? Or will the rushing attack continue to stall?
4. With Ty Montgomery out, will another receiving threat (or threats) emerge?
5.Will the Stanford Defense continue to dominate? Or will Maryland offensive threats like Stefon Diggs step up?
6.How will underclassmen considering the NFL perform? Will their performances impact their decision to leave early?
One big matchup
Maryland Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs vs. The Stanford secondary.
"Speaking of Maryland's explosive weapons, their star receiver will return after missing two games with a lacerated kidney. His ability to score points nearly on his own brings a lot to Maryland's offense, but he's facing a Cardinal passing defense that hasn't given up more than 300 yards in any game this season. They played Washington State and gave up 292 yards on 69 passing attempts. Everyone knows the Terrapins' struggles in the passing game -- for Maryland to succeed, they'll likely need a big play from Diggs."
From Bleacher Report:
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Head over to Testudo Times to read more about the Terps and the Stanford Athletic site to read more about the game.