The terps have almost nothing to lose. At this time of the season, with just five wins, one needs to be eligible and a few top 15 teams left in the schedule in the Ohio State and Penn State, it should not be Maryland to be careful about the wind and try with some unconventional games on crime.
Especially this week against Ohio State, which is susceptible to allowing big games – Buckeyes Rank No. 115 and 101 in isoPPP and Marginal Explosiveness, two advanced statistics that measure how often defense gives up big games and how big they are may need the terps to reach the depth of the game book for some tricks. Interim head coach and offensive co-ordinator Matt Canada’s crimes are known for their exotic movements and fast-paced movements, but it has not just confused some of the better defenses in Big Ten, nor has Maryland’s athletes in space given as much as teams and fans can have hoped to get into the season. Maryland will not be able to perform athletic Ohio State, but with Michigan up next to the schedule and a place in the Big Ten Championship game ̵
1; and possibly College Football Playoff – in balance, the Terps can only catch Buckeyes sleeping once or twice.
The plan exists. Purdue upset Ohio State in West Lafayette a few weeks ago and Buckeyes has allowed underdog opponents to hang several times this season. They only hit Low Nebraska with five who came off a heap two weeks ago and have given up many points to like Purdue, Indiana and TCU. This obviously does not matter if Maryland’s crime can or will be able to move the ball, but Buckey’s defense is in any case prone to chunk games, which fits well for the Terps crime, ranked top 10 nationally in both IsoPPP and Marginal Explosiveness. Look for some more exotic shifts and tricks playing Saturday, especially with the more mobile Tyrrell Pigrome in the quarterback.