Ohio State football: 5 reasons the Buckeyes will embarrass Maryland

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3. The Terrapins’ quarterback play won’t be enough to beat the Buckeyes

Something the Buckeyes have struggled with defensively in the past two years has been passing defense. They’ve had several soft spots in their secondary and it’s only gotten worse as of recently. It’s almost a wonder for how the Buckeyes have survived total collapse in these two seasons with a vastly underachieving secondary.

This area of weakness has been exposed time and again by good quarterbacks and coaching. This year, the Buckeyes can be beat deep down the field and also over the middle. The team with the biggest success against the Buckeyes is Purdue as they went over the middle all night as this allowed for them to easily bypass the Bucks’ strong first line and sting their linebackers and secondary.

Fortunately, the Terrapins don’t have the looks of a team who is capable of posing many problems. The Terrapins have had similar issues with their quarterback situation as they’ve played two different starters throughout the season. Kasim Hill has been their guy for most of the season but they’ve recently made some changes following an injury. Hill will miss the rest of the season due to injury.

Hill had just nine touchdowns up to this point with four interceptions. Enter sophomore quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome who has just 31 attempts on the season. He has one touchdown and one interception. Pigrome came in and played most of the game last week after taking over for Hill in their loss to Indiana.

The Terrapins’ unsteady quarterback situation will be something that the Buckeyes will certainly take advantage of this weekend. It was fine dining for the Buckeyes last week as the Spartans cycled between Lewerke and Lombardi all game so this match up could yield similar results. Expect the Buckeyes to make a point of getting after the quarterback once again this week.