By Brandy L. Simms @bls1969 The University of Maryland last week introduced the local product as its new head football coach and supporters rejoiced from all around. “People outside the DMV won’t get it,” said ESPN anchor and Montgomery County native Scott Van Pelt, a Sherwood High School and University of Maryland graduate, “but people from there absolutely will. Especially his former Terp players. Unrivaled local respect among local high school coaches, he can help heal and unite the faction like no other. Welcome home, Lox.” John Kelley, who guided Quince Orchard to a state championship this year, was also happy with the decision. “I think it’s great for Maryland football,” said Kelley, a former intern with the Maryland football program. “Coach Locks is what Maryland needs right now. He will do an outstanding job.” Locksley served as Maryland’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-15 and … [Read more...] about Maryland hires Mike Locksley as Terps’ new football coach
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When and where is the Gophers vs. Maryland game? 11 a.m. Saturday, Maryland Stadium Records: Minnesota (3-0), Maryland (2-1) What channel is the Gophers vs. Maryland game on? TV: BTNRadio: KFAN-FM 100.3 Who has the edge between Gophers and Maryland? Gophers offense vs. Maryland defense: Minnesota’s total offense is ranked 97th in the country with 374 yards per game. QB Zack Annexstad shook off a left ankle injury to complete 60 percent of his passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the 26-3 win over Miami (Ohio) last week. The true freshman, who is expected to play Saturday, has no interceptions in 79 attempts this season. RB Bryce Williams filled in for injured Rodney Smith with 33 carries for 141 yards. WR Tyler Johnson tied a career high with three touchdowns as well as 133 yards against Miami last week, but no other receiver had more than 15 yards vs. Redhawks. … Maryland’s rushing defense is 27th in the country. Tre Watson, an all-Big Ten player at … [Read more...] about Gophers football vs. Maryland: Who has the edge?
Washington lost the game the Pac-12 needed to win. At least that’s how the showdown with No. 9 Auburn was billed all offseason. As a neutral site that was anything but, the sixth-ranked Huskies lost a sloppy rock fight of a football game in Atlanta on Saturday , the only top-10 matchup of the first full weekend of the season. Coming off a 1-8 bowl season and the second playoff shutout in four years, the Pac-12 needed an early boost to repair some of its tattered reputation. The Huskies came up short in a flurry of red-zone failures, but writing off the entire conference is probably premature — especially Washington. We should learn from history. In the first season of the playoff, the Big Ten was left for dead two weeks into the season when Virginia Tech beat Ohio State at home and Oregon beat Michigan State. The Buckeyes didn’t lose again and won the national title. It is hard to see the Huskies going on that type of run. For all of Jake Browning’s accuracy and … [Read more...] about What we learned on opening Saturday of college football: Pac-12 down, not out after UW loss
Graham Couch Lansing State Journal Published 1:14 p.m. UTC Aug 30, 2018 There is no sport like football when it comes to Week 1 overreactions, in both college and the NFL. In the pros, at least, the correction is swift and shown on the field. In college, the lasting effects from our impulsive first impressions linger. Every year — this one included, you’ll see — someone shoots up the rankings because of a Week 1 win that later turns out to have been not impressive at all. By the time we figure it out, there’s an undeserving team entrenched in the top 10. The Southeastern Conference has undeservedly padded its brand with these sorts of wins. Yet, Week 1 can also be telling, even if only rarely determining. And it should be revealing of this year’s Big Ten. Seven Big Ten games this week — involving eight Big Ten teams — will begin to set the course for this season. Here they are, with the reason for their significance, in order … [Read more...] about Couch: There are 7 revealing Big Ten games on college football’s opening weekend
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 Picking college football games in August is a challenge on its own. It’s a bigger challenge when certain areas of a football team has promise, but not much proof. Michigan’s offense is in that situation. Still, it’s preseason prediction time. Here's my best guess. At Notre Dame, Sept. 1 Last season: Did not play. The buzz: I think Notre Dame’s solid. I think Michigan’s solid. But I have a lot of questions about the offense for both teams. Brandon Wimbush was a sub-50-percent passer last year. He no doubt has improved, but he’s also replacing two star offensive linemen, his top running back and his top receiver. Michigan’s offense has question marks along its offensive line and no one knows what Shea Patterson’s going to do in his first Michigan start. Perhaps the hardest game to pick. But, when in doubt, take the best unit on the field, which is … [Read more...] about Michigan football predictions: How U-M will fare in every game