Five things that could very well happen during today’s Maryland-Clemson game at Byrd Stadium. …
1. Both Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers will be in on a sack. This wouldn’t be a horrible prediction under any circumstances. It’s all right for Maryland if both of these guys get to the QB once. But one of them wants to pull a Mario Williams and roll up a draft day highlight reel against the Terps, it will be an ugly afternoon.
2. Torrey Smith will hit paydirt. Whether it’s on a kickoff return or a reception, the sophomore will return to the end zone after a one-week hiatus. Maryland might not be a good bet to score much against Clemson, but Smith has as good a chance as anyone to pull it off.
3. Maryland’s no-punts-blocked streak will receive another scare. There have already been a couple close calls this season, and the Terps haven’t had a punt blocked since 1999. Last week suggested it’s only a matter of time before that streak ends. Playing without punter Travis Baltz doesn’t give Maryland an optimal chance of keeping it alive.
4. Adrian Moten will be a part of a turnover. It just seems about time. Moten has a way of being around good things, and he could wind up in pass coverage of one of Clemson’s tertiary passing options. Kyle Parker isn’t teeming with accuracy, either. If Maryland’s defense is going to pull off something big, Moten is the likely candidate to make it happen.
5. Maryland’s running game will be held in check – again. Da’Rel Scott had a 23 carry, 39 yard game against Clemson last year. He’s lost three fumbles in the last two games. And Davin Meggett (he of a single carry against the Tigers last year, has not managed more than 3.3 yards a carry in any of the last three weeks. They’re facing the same defense that shut down Boston College’s Montel Harris a couple weeks back. Advantage, Tigers.