For the first time under DJ Durkin, Maryland will be facing off against the Wisconsin Badgers.
Wisconsin comes in undefeated, and ranked fifth in the nation in both the AP Poll and USA Today’s Coaches Poll.
This is just the the third meeting between the Badgers and Terrapins. Back in 2014, Randy Edsall took Maryland to Madison, and were decimated 52-7. Wisconsin was led by running back Melvin Gordon, who finished with 22 carries for 122 yards and three scores.
In 2015 however, interim head coach Mike Locksley nearly defeated the Badgers, but the comeback fell just short.
Two years later, Maryland finds itself in a similar position to that of Randy Edsall’s team. The downward spiral has begun, and Wisconsin has found their new back in Jonathan Taylor. You can read more about what he offers the Badgers in our Q and A with Badger of Honor.
Not much will be expected of Durkin and his team, as the Badgers are aiming for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Without a slip in this final sprint of the season, it should come down to Wisconsin versus the Big Ten East winner for a top four spot.
This game does offer Maryland a chance to grow and add experience to the younger players’ belts. But, there is always the chance for an upset as well.
Looking ahead for Maryland, with three wins and a tough schedule to end the year, they are cutting it close for a bowl bid. Assuming they beat Indiana and Rutgers, getting a sixth win would mean the Terrapins need to defeat either Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, or Wisconsin.
A long uphill battle awaits Durkin hoping to make his second bowl game in just as many seasons, but this game is a chance to make it happen.
Maryland Terrapins at Wisconsin Badgers
When: Saturday, October 21st, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Camp Randall Stadium
Stream: Fox Sports GO
Line: Wisconsin -24.5