11 a.m., TCF Bank Stadium • TV: Fox Sports One • Radio: 100.3-FM
Line: Gophers by 13 • Series: Tied 1-1
Maryland (2-1) turned heads with its 51-41 victory at Texas to open the season, but coach D.J. Durkin’s Terrapins have endured mainly bad luck since. They lost starting QB Tyrrell Pigrome to a torn ACL against the Longhorns, then backup Kasim Hill tore an ACL against Central Florida last week.
Player to watch
Terrapins receiver D.J. Moore (pictured) leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (104.3) and receptions (7.3) per game and is tied for the lead with four TD catches. Against Texas, Moore caught seven passes for 133 yards and a TD.
Gophers offense vs. Terrapins defense
Minnesota’s formula — run the ball, pop some passes, control the clock — has worked well, with QB Conor Rhoda making plays. The return of RBs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks should be a boost. Advantage: Gophers
Gophers defense vs. Terrapins offense
The Gophers lead the nation in scoring defense, though secondary depth is a concern with the loss of Zo Craighton. Third-string QB Max Bortenschlager should start for the Terps, but watch for Wildcat plays. Advantage: Gophers
The Gophers’ Emmit Carpenter has made his past five field-goal attempts after a shaky opener, while Terps kickers are 2-for-5. Maryland RB Ty Johnson (281 yards and three TDs on 28 carries) is a big threat on kickoff returns as well, averaging 27.9 yards. Advantage: Even
The Gophers have taken advantage of key injuries to their opponents’ top offensive players, but the 3-0 start isn’t only luck. This team is taking on a grind-it-out identity. Advantage: Gophers
The Terps have big-play weapons, but a confident Gophers defense will be too much for the third-string QB to handle.