Getting third down stops
Maryland doesn’t exactly have a ton of success when it comes to stopping opposing teams on third down.
In fact, the Terps are second-to-last in the Big Ten as they allow their opponents to convert 47.3 percent of their third down conversions. Opposing teams have picked up 35 first downs on third down, which is the third highest mark in the conference.
The one positive is that Northwestern is second-to-last in the conference in picking up third down conversions. The Wildcats are converting just 33.8 percent of their third downs.
The Terps are definitely going to need to improve their standing on third down. Getting after the quarterback will certainly provide an advantage.
Maryland only has recorded nine sacks on the year and hasn’t had one over the past three games. That comes after racking up five sacks against Texas and four against Towson.
A few sacks could go a long way towards getting the win against their latest Big Ten foe.