DJ Durkin's first season as Maryland head coach past year featured a lot of positives, but also a dose of reality: the Terps lost to top-tier Big Ten East foes Penn State, Ohio State and MI by a combined score of 159-20.
Here are more notes, quotes and nuggets from the Buckeyes' win on Saturday.
Barrett has been outstanding the last three games while completing 52-of-73 passes and boasts 13 TD strikes with just one interception overall while throwing for scores to nine different receivers.
Binjimen Victor has touchdown receptions in three consecutive games. As he continues to develop chemistry with new looks at the receiver spot that didn't see as many reps previous year, the offense has picked up. Barrett has seemingly regained the accuracy that was lacking earlier in the year, completing numerous throws over 10 yards and a ideal four of four on balls over 20 yards. His passes were spot on and mixed with a healthy Mike Weber and the shiftiness of J.K. Dobbins, they moved down the field easily.
Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley, who has missed time with a foot injury, is probable for Saturday.
The Buckeyes are 4-1, 2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Terrapins are 3-1, 1-0.
Ohio State's starting right guard, Brandon Bowen, was lost for the season when he broke his left leg in the second quarter.
Last season, Maryland football was blown out by Ohio State 62-3 in College Park. The Buckeyes were given a 97 percent chance to beat the Terps Saturday and are 30 point favorites. He'll have another big game opportunity next week against Nebraska next week.
The Terrapins' only first-half score came on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior running back Ty Johnson.
The Buckeyes scored 41 points in the first half and outgained Maryland 361-18 in the first two quarters.
The Terrapin defense has not been as stellar, but is much improved from past years. The Buckeyes rank second nationally in tackles-for-loss with 46.
Maryland will have its hands full trying to slow down Ohio State, which is No. 5 in the country in total offense (564.8 yards per game) and 11th in scoring (42.6 points per game).
Ohio State has won all three meetings since Maryland joined the conference in 2014. This Maryland team is much improved from the one the Buckeyes saw a year ago, however the loss of two quarterbacks severely hurts their chances in this game. Ohio State's talent level was evident October 7 and offered a stark reminder of the uphill battle Durkin and his staff face in competing both on the recruiting trail and the field in the Big Ten East.
Despite being a 30-point underdog, Maryland (3-1, 1-0) should be the best team Ohio State has faced since Oklahoma.