The Buckeyes (10-0) will try to cross yet another Big Ten opponent off before they enter The Game against Michigan on Thanksgiving weekend. QB C.J. Stroud remains a Heisman Trophy favorite, but three of OSU’s top running backs come into this game listed as questionable or out, which may be a cause for concern.
Maryland (6-4) was shut out against Penn State last weekend and lost to Wisconsin the week before. This Terrapins team gave Michigan some fits earlier this season, though, so they can’t be counted out.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Ohio State: No. 2 overall, No. 5 offense, No. 5 defense
Maryland: No. 41 overall, No. 44 offense, No. 50 defense
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba - Out (hamstring)
RB TreVeyon Henderson - Out (undisclosed)
RB Miyan Williams - Questionable (foot)
RB Chip Trayanum - Out (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Ohio State: 5-4-1 ATS
Maryland: 4-6 ATS
Ohio State: Over 7-3
Maryland: Over 4-6
Overall Talent from 247Sports
Ohio State: No. 2 overall, No. 2 offense, No. 2 defense
Maryland: No. 45 overall, No. 52 offense, No. 35 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Ohio State -27.5
Moneyline: Ohio State -6000, Maryland +1800
Opening line: Ohio State -27.5
Opening total: 64
Maryland regularly puts up 30-plus points, and while they may not usually see defenses as good as OSU will bring to the table, I think the Terps will be able to find the end zone once or twice. Combine that with CJ Stroud and his receivers having no mercy on lesser teams (I’m sure they’d all like us to forget about that Northwestern game, though), I think the over hits here.