Following its second and final off weekend of the 2019 regular season, No. 3 Ohio State begins the stretch run of its season on Saturday with a noon kickoff against Maryland. The Buckeyes have won 14 straight games dating back to last season, the second longest streak in the FBS.
The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s game with top-10 statistical rankings in total offense (sixth, 514.8 yards/game), total defense (second, 224.3 yards/game), scoring offense (third, 48.3 points/game) and scoring defense (first, 7.9 points/game). While the offense has produced 500 or more yards of offense in five of eight games, the Buckeyes’ defense has given up just two touchdowns over the last 12 quarters.
This will be the sixth meeting between the Buckeyes and Terps since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014. Ohio State’s won all six games by an average of 31.4 points/game but most recently in 2018 survived with a 52-51 triumph in College Park.
• The University of Maryland is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries.
• On October 19, 1957, Queen Elizabeth II of England attended her first and only college football game at the University of Maryland after expressing interest in seeing a typical American sport during her first tour of the United States.
• The campus of the university is noted for its red-brick Georgian buildings and its large central lawn, named McKeldin Mall and nicknamed “The Mall”, which is the largest academic mall in the United States.
• In 1932, Curley Byrd — who served as the university’s football and baseball coach, athletic director, and president — proposed adopting the diamondback terrapin as a mascot.
• Notable alumni include House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, The Muppets creator Jim Henson, The Wire creator David Simon as well as Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David.
• Ohio State is the only team in the country with two players averaging better than 6.5 yards per carry (minimum 70 attempts – J.K. Dobbins, 7.2 and Master Teague, 6.8).
• Chase Young has five “strip sacks” on the year and four of those fumbles have been recovered by Ohio State. Each time, the Buckeyes have scored on the ensuing possession.
• Since Ryan Day’s arrival, only two Power 5 teams (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) have averaged more yards per game than Ohio State (519.4).
• In the Ryan Day era (2017-present), Ohio State has scored 40 or more points in 21 of 36 games (58.3 percent) and 30 or more points 28 times (77 percent).
• J.K. Dobbins ranks third nationally with 12 rushes of 20 or more yards this season and four of those rushes have gone for 50+ yards.