Ohio State vs. Maryland: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Choice, Spread, Football Match Odds

No. 7 Ohio State has started Big Ten game with a 2-0 record and the Buckeyes offense is rolling. Now Maryland will visit on Saturday for the Homecoming weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has had a big advantage since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten, taking 6-0 in the series and averaging 58.3 points per game in those wins.

Maryland enters the game after a very disappointing Friday night 51-14 loss to Iowa. While the top-five Hawkeyes just handed the Terps their first loss of the season, the final margin sets a distinctly different tone en route to Saturday’s league game in Columbus. Maryland hopes this edition of the series is closer to the 52-51 double overtime affair between these two teams in 2018, and less like last week’s odds against a similar Big Ten championship contender.

Ryan Day also puts his 17-0 Big Ten record on the line, as well as Ohio State’s 20-game winning streak in conference play. The Buckeyes are all-time 73-19-5 in Homecoming games and the oddsmakers favor another Homecoming win with a three touchdown spread for the bet line.

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The Buckeyes attack that catches fire at the right time: Redshirt freshman quarterback CJ Stroud missed the Week 4 win against Akron and looked fantastic in his return to action in a 52-13 win over Rutgers last week. Stroud leads the Big Ten in passing touchdowns, passing yards per game and quarterback rating, and while the Buckeyes’ offense got off to a slow start in the first two games of the season — a win over Minnesota and the home loss to Oregon — that group is rounding out as one of the best in the country. Ohio State leads the nation in total offense with 555.6 yards per game and 8.57 yards per game. It ranks fourth nationally in scoring (45.0 points per game) and second in third-down conversions (55.2).

Maryland attack on Tagovailoa, but a key pass catcher: Just behind Stroud in that Big Ten passing yard ranking is Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa, currently averaging 299.4 yards per game and on pace to set a school record for yards passing in a season. Only four Power Five quarterbacks have averaged more passing yards per game since Tagovailoa took over as Maryland’s 2020 starter — Ole Miss’ Matt Corral, North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Pitt’s Kenny Pickett and Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong — and he’s lighting up the stats at a high clip with a completion rate (72.2) ranking first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally.

Unfortunately for Tagovailoa, the offense suffered a huge loss this week, with senior wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. was eliminated for the rest of the year with a knee injury. Demus still leads the Big Ten in receiving yards and his average of 101.4 yards per game is in the top-15 nationally. While there are plenty of talented options at a wide receiver for Maryland, this is a huge loss going forward.

Updating the Ohio State Defense Staff Coaching Shuffle: One of the changes Ryan Day made after the 1-1 start was to give the playing duties to secondary coach Matt Barnes. Defensive Coordinator Kerry Coombs remains an important part of the staff, but Barnes now has more responsibility for the unit’s performance. Interestingly enough, Barnes has never been a coordinator before, but he called plays when he was a linebackers coach in Maryland (2016-18). The Ohio State violation has yielded better results since the change, but competition has also played a part in that success. Maryland is the best offensive team Ohio State has faced since Barnes took on the play-calling duties, so it will be a fairer shot at how the Buckeyes defense has evolved over the past month.

How Ohio State vs. Maryland live

Date: Saturday 9 Oct. | Time: 12 noon ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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A play on the total is my favorite betting angle because Maryland should be able to have some success from the passing game against the Buckeyes defense and lots of points will be scored on both sides. But in the end, a lot more points will be scored by the home favorites, who I think will give up 50 as this well-off tour continues for CJ Stroud. Prediction: Ohio State (-21)

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