Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Maryland

There’s only one more game until The Game.

It’s time to beat Maryland.

Let’s have a good Saturday, shall we?

BEAT THE TERPS. It’s been really, really hard to care about Ohio State playing Maryland on Saturday. I mean, with a potential (and likely) No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle between the Buckeyes and “That Team Up North” next weekend, can you blame me for not being incredibly interested?

This week, Ryan Day made several comments about how “talented and dangerous” Maryland is as a program, especially in 2022, as quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa returned with NFL-level receivers Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus out wide and running back Roman Hemby moving the rock on the ground. But through 10 games this season, I haven’t seen either of those qualities to be true about the team.

I’ll acknowledge that Maryland played Michigan for its closest game this season. A good performance from the Terps in that matchup built some optimism for how the rest of the season would play out. However, it could not have taken a more drastic turn towards the contrary.

Tagovailoa hurt his knee in the contest, and many of the Terrapins’ struggles followed. Since the injury, Maryland has lost to Purdue, barely beat Indiana and Northwestern, lost to Wisconsin and was blanked 30-0 by Penn State last week. Tagovailoa completed only 11 of 22 passes for 74 yards while looking very uncomfortable and immobile in the pocket against the Nittany Lions.

Perhaps Maryland was “talented and dangerous” at one point this season, but that is simply no longer the case heading into Game 11. Honestly, the Terps are more “talented and wounded” at this point.

Knowing that, I don’t expect the Buckeyes to offer sympathy to the Terrapins. I believe Ohio State will run away in this one, adding another blowout win to its resume in the final tune-up before The Game next weekend – the matchup we’ve all been waiting for.

Ohio State 42, Maryland 17.

TODAY’S MENU. Imma keep it real with you, chief. This weekend’s slate of college football games suuuuucccckkkssssss.

There is a reason ESPN’s College GameDay is out in Bozeman for a battle between Montana and Montana State. No disrespect to those programs, neither are having good seasons, but if there were literally any other good games across the country on Saturday, GameDay would be somewhere else.

Still, I think the matchups of TCU at Baylor, USC at UCLA and Utah at Oregon offer some intrigue, as does Illinois at No. 3 Michigan, of course.

Here is a question: Do you want Illinois or Michigan to win on Saturday? I feel like the age-old debate between Ohio State fans is whether or not they want Michigan to lose every week or for the Wolverines to be undefeated when they face the Buckeyes. On what side do you stand?

Matchup

Time (ET)

TV/Mobile

Navy at 20 UCF

11:00am

ESPN2

Virginia Tech at Liberty

12:00 p.m

ESPN+

UMass at Texas A&M

12:00 p.m

SECN+/ESPN+

Duke Father Pitt

12:00 p.m

ACCN

Florida at Vanderbilt

12:00 p.m

SEC

ETSU at Mississippi State

12:00 p.m

SECN+/ESPN+

4 TCU at Baylor 12:00 p.m FOX
Illinois at 3 Michigan 12:00 p.m A B C

Indiana at Michigan State

12:00 p.m

BTN

Wisconsin at Nebraska

12:00 p.m

ESPN

Austin Peay at 8 Alabama

12:00 p.m

SECN+/ESPN+

UConn at Army

12:00 p.m

CBSSN

Louisiana at 19 Florida State

12:00 p.m

RSN/ESPN3

Northwestern at Purdue

12:00 p.m

FS1

UTSA at Rice

1:00 p.m

ESPN+

15 Kansas State at West Virginia

2:00 p.m

ESPN+

Washington State at Arizona

2:00 p.m

P12N

Houston at East Carolina

2:00 p.m

ESPN+

North Alabama at Memphis

2:00 p.m

ESPN+

Georgia State at James Madison

2:00 p.m

ESPN+

23 Oregon State at Arizona State

2:15 p.m

ESPN2

Boston College at 18 Notre Dame

2:30 p.m

NBC/Peacock

Old Dominion at Appalachian State

2:30 p.m

ESPN+

Akron at Buffalo

3:30 p.m

CBSSN

Utah Tech at BYU

3:30 p.m

BYUtv/ESPN3

2 Ohio State at Maryland

3:30 p.m

A B C

Louisiana Tech at Charlotte

3:30 p.m

ESPN3

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee

3:30 p.m

ESPN+

ULM at Troy

3:30 p.m

ESPN+

South Alabama at Southern Miss

3:30 p.m

NFLN

11 Penn State at Rutgers

3:30 p.m

BTN

24 NC State at Louisville

3:30 p.m

RSN/ESPN3

Miami (FL) at 9 Clemson

3:30 p.m

ESPN

Texas at Kansas

3:30 p.m

FS1

Coastal Carolina at Virginia

1 Georgia at Kentucky

3:30 p.m

CBS

WKU at Auburn

4:00 p.m

SEC

Iowa at Minnesota

4:00 p.m

FOX

25 Cincinnati at Temple

4:00 p.m

ESPNU

FIU at UTEP

4:00 p.m

ESPN+

Arkansas State at Texas State

5:00 p.m

ESPN3

Stanford at California

5:30 p.m

P12N

Georgia Tech at 13 North Carolina

5:30 p.m

ESPN2

Marshall at Georgia Southern

6:00 p.m

ESPN+

5 Tennessee at South Carolina

7:00 p.m

ESPN

Texas Tech at Iowa State

7:00 p.m

FS1

Boise State at Wyoming

7:00 p.m

CBSSN

New Mexico State at Missouri

7:30 p.m

ESPNU

14 Ole Miss at Arkansas

7:30 p.m

SEC

22 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

7:30 p.m

A B C

7 USC at 16 UCLA 8:00 p.m FOX

Syracuse at Wake Forest

8:00 p.m

ACCN

UAB at 6 LSU

9:00 p.m

ESPN2

Colorado at 17 Washington

9:00 p.m

P12N

Colorado State at Air Force

9:00 p.m

FS2

San Jose State at Utah State

9:45 p.m

FS1

Fresno State at Nevada

10:30 p.m

CBSSN

10 Utah at 12 Oregon 10:30 p.m ESPN

UNLV at Hawaii

11:00 p.m

Spectrum PPV

MY PICKS. It was a tough week for My Picks in the Indiana Skull Session. Illinois couldn’t beat Purdue to clinch the Big Ten West and Louisiana State only beat Arkansas by 3 points with a 3.5-point spread. Luckily, Penn State came through with a 30-0 win over Maryland to cover its -10.5 points.

So, after consecutive positive weeks picking games, I went 1-2 last Saturday. Brutal. But the good news is that I can make more picks today. Woohoo!

2022 RECORD: 15-15

  • No. 1 Georgia (-22.5) at Kentucky: I’m not sure I will ever understand why there was so much hype around Will Levis this season. He is this year’s Spencer Rattler. Levis threw for 98 yards and three interceptions against Tennessee earlier this year and last week completed 11 of 23 passes for 109 yards in his team’s loss to Vanderbilt. Uhhhhhh… Bulldogs by a billion.
  • Iowa (+2.5) at Minnesota: Don’t look now, folks, but either of these teams could be the Big Ten West champion at the end of the season. This matchup is one of the deciding factors. Minnesota is 7-3 this season, but its losses have come to Purdue, Illinois and Penn State. Even Desmond Howard might say, “If they play a team with a pulse, they struggle.” I’ll take Iowa’s defense to win the game and cover the spread for the Hawkeyes.
  • No. 7 USC (-2.5) at No. 16 UCLA: I had to make a pick on the Battle of Los Angeles. I just had it. This game will likely be a shootout, neither team has a defense. I feel it will end somewhere in the 40s or 50s, with the Trojans closing it out in the final moments. Caleb Williams will have a huge game and keep himself in the Heisman race with the win, making things interesting in the last games around the country next weekend.

BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. I’m about to shamelessly plug here because I can, so buckle up. Earlier this week, Ramzy Nasrallah wrote a long-form feature on Kamryn Babb and his career as a Buckeye. It was titled “Unbreakable”.

Of all the stories written there Eleven Warriors during my brief tenure here, it was by far the best. And that is not to say all our other works haven’t been fantastic – of course, they have. This site is the best place to read, watch and listen to all things Ohio State football, men’s basketball and many other sports. But Ramzy’s work in this story was phenomenal. It was so good that it should be included in the press kit of Babb’s nomination for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.

If you haven’t read Ramzy’s story yet, please carve some time out of your Saturday (or a future day this week) to take it in. Fair warning: It’s a big boy with over 3,500 words, but I promise it will be worth it.


That’s it for me on this fine Saturday. Let’s have fun watching the Buckeyes demolish the Terrapins in the late afternoon. Make sure to return to the website shortly after the game ends (approx. 7 pm) to participate in the first moments of Hate Week. I’ll have an article ready where everyone is welcome to spread their vitriol towards the Michigan Wolverines and the Khaki Man.

SONG OF THE DAY. “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.

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