Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
After another disappointment at the hands of the Golden Gophers last weekend in Minnesota, the Terps return home and look for some answers against Michigan. These big margins of defeat need to stop coming in before this Terps team can even take the next step.
Gone are the first two weeks of Howard and Syracuse. It seems that fans have forgotten those even existed on the schedule after the past few weeks, its Homecoming and they need to show something this week or again we have another season failure on our hands.
The question we have been asking ourselves this week is how do you recover from another below average game and a 52-10 rout on the road? Perhaps find their offense early? Get the ball downfield quickly in the first half? Just play solid defense? All of these are suitable answers, but can the Terps actually make that happen on any ends of the field is getting more than questionable week after week deep into the remainder of the Big Ten schedule.
One of the biggest problems is the Terps enter the week a 17.5 point underdog against a Wolverines team that has struggled this season, but seems to have kicked things into gear coming into College Park this weekend.
Michigan is coming off a dominant performance in Ann Arbor against then-No. 8 Notre Dame, beating the Irish 45-14. The Wolverines held Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book to his worst showing of the year, throwing for a season-low 73 passing yards on 8-25 attempts for one touchdown.
“I think we are showing some signs of improvement week by week,” said Terps Head Coach Mike Locksley. “Minnesota is a very good team and should be respected in this conference for that they are doing this season.”