Wisconsin will look to stay undefeated on homecoming weekend as the Maryland Terrapins come to Camp Randall. Maryland is sitting at an even 3-3 thus far this season and is on a current two game losing streak. So here are some things to watch for during the 11 a.m. game on Saturday:
Maryland will be relying on their rushing attack. Maryland’s quarterback situation is abysmal to say the very least. The Terps are beaten up at the throwing position and are down to their third-string quarterback. The Terrapins’ running back, Ty Johnson, will be relied on in order for Maryland to move the ball. He has 488 yards on the season and averages an impressive 7.22 yards per carry. If the Terrapins want to score points, Johnson will be the key.
It could be a rough day for Maryland’s offense. As mentioned earlier, Maryland’s quarterback situation is far less than ideal. They may have a capable running back in Ty Johnson, but Wisconsin’s run defense is stingy. The Badgers give up an average 79 yards on the ground, which leads the Big Ten. Expect the Wisconsin secondary to lock down DJ Moore and Taivon Jacobs. Moore and Jacobs combine for an impressive nine touchdowns, but with the impaired quarterback situation, I wouldn’t expect many looks their way.
Jonathan Taylor will put up big numbers. Freshman sensation, Jonathan Taylor, is the main reason that the Badgers lead the Big Ten in rushing yards thus far this season. Taylor has 986 total yards in just five career games. Taylor has a big game pretty much every week, but this week will be different. Maryland’s run defense is at the bottom of the Big Ten and gives up an average 178 yards per game on the ground. Taylor will likely rush for over 200 yards on Saturday, putting him over the 1,000-yard mark. Expect him to work on Saturday.
Quintez Cephus has become Alex Hornibrook’s security blanket. Purdue was able to take Troy Fumagalli out of the game last weekend, which made Hornibrook rely on wide receiver, Quintez Cephus. He has 401 yards and five touchdowns already this season, and if Maryland is able to control Fumagalli like Purdue did, expect big numbers from No. 87 again. Cephus has taken over for Jazz Peavy, who was out last week with an injury. Peavy has only five receptions for 55 yards on the year, despite being a fifth-year senior.