Time: 3:30 PM
Place: Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)
Television/Radio: ESPNU and 92.7 FM
The Maryland Terrapins face a tall task heading into Death Valley this weekend. They will be undermanned and going up against one of the league’s top offenses in the Clemson Tigers.
With the news that Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown will being held out of Saturday’s contest the Terps will need a strong effort on defense and an efficient day on offense. The Terps need to do their best moving the ball on the ground in order to control the clock while keeping the Tigers offense off the field. Maryland’s best chance in this game lies in keeping Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins on the sidelines.
Shawn Petty had a more productive second half last week against Georgia Tech. Ideally he’ll build on that performance against Clemson this Saturday. He will be without Stefon Diggs but the running game is going to be the most important factor of the Terps offense. Brandon Ross and Albert Reid will have to fill the void left in Brown’s absence.
With the loss of Demetrius Hartsfield for the rest of the season the Terrapins defense find themselves behind the eight ball. The Tigers offense is one of the best Maryland will face this season. Behind QB Tahj Boyd Clemson has been on fire the last two weeks. Granted, they played Wake Forest and Duke who aren’t exactly world beaters but Boyd has put up some gaudy numbers in those performances. The Terps secondary needs to play their game of the year to slow down Clemson. Otherwise, we could be seeing Sammy Watkins running through our collective nightmares Saturday night.
It will take a total team effort for Maryland to come in to Memorial Stadium and win in that atmosphere. Despite all the roster attrition this season the Terps usually play Clemson close for one reason or another. We’ll all find out together at tomorrow’s meeting of Terpaholics Anonymous at 3:30 pm.