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Maryland (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) at No. 22 Michigan State (7-3, 5-2, CFP No. 17), Saturday, 4:12 p.m. ET (Fox)READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
Line: Michigan State by 15 ½.
Series record: Michigan State leads 6-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Maryland needs to win its final two regular-season games to secure bowl eligibility. Michigan State’s Big Ten title hopes are likely gone after last weekend’s 48-3 loss at Ohio State, but the Spartans are still trying to play their way into a better bowl.
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Maryland’s DJ Moore vs. the Michigan State secondary. Moore leads the Big Ten with 64 catches and needs 13 to match the Terrapins’ single-season record. Michigan State is only 10th in the Big Ten in pass defense.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Maryland: Last week, RB Ty Johnson became the 13th player in school history to surpass 2,000 yards rushing in his career. He also surpassed 3,000 all-purpose yards.
Michigan State: QB Brian Lewerke was rolling along with two straight 400-yard passing games, but then he was held to 131 yards passing and threw two interceptions in last week’s blowout loss.
FACTS & FIGURES
Maryland has played the second-toughest schedule in the country in terms of opponents’ winning percentage. Michigan State’s is third-toughest. Maryland finishes with a grueling stretch. The Terps lost to Michigan last week and will play Penn State next weekend. … The Spartans are 2-1 against Maryland since the Terps joined the Big Ten in 2014. Before that, these teams hadn’t met since 1950. … Michigan State is 26-11 in November under coach Mark Dantonio. … Maryland started its fourth QB of the season (Ryan Brand) against Michigan. Max Bortenschlager, who missed that game with an apparent head injury, is expected to return Saturday. Brand, a Detroit native, will also be available.
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