Monday Maryland Musings: Five Takeaways From Syracuse

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Sep 20, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; Indiana Hoosiers running back Tevin Coleman (6) runs the ball against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Faurot Field. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Missouri Tigers 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

3.) Indiana is going to be a much tougher game than many believe

Heading into last week the Hoosiers were looked at as a decent offensive team but a very lackluster squad defensively. They’d eked out a win against Indiana State, but lost to Bowling Green in week two. No one was expecting them to head to Missouri and come away with a W, so what did they do? Won the dang game.

Anyone considering Indiana’s defense more than a speed bump is a fool, because they still surrendered just shy of 500 yards and got burnt on a lot of big plays. If Missouri had more time, there’s a good chance they head to the end zone on that final possession.

Nonetheless, Maryland’s going to face one of the more balanced offenses they’ll go against all year. For a team that has trouble stopping the run, the Terps should be very concerned about facing an Indiana group that had 241 rushing yards last week and rank 10th nationally in rushing offense. Tevin Coleman is very dangerous, and he’s the best (or second best) back the Terps will see until Wisconsin.