Here's everything you need to know for today.
Who? Maryland Terrapins (2-8, #75 S&P+) v. Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, #65 S&P+)
When? Saturday, Nov. 21, 12 PM, College Park, Maryland
Vegas? INDIANA +2.5
Believe it or not, all of your reasonable goals for Indiana football are still within reach, but the margin of error is now officially zero. The Hoosiers remain two games short of bowl eligibility, a plateau they haven't seen since 2007, with two road games against two teams arguably worse than the Hoosiers. A victory over Maryland and a victory in the nation's saddest football rivalry after Thanksgiving will send Indiana to a bowl game for sure. Hell, college football is such a mess this year, they may just need one.
This season has been incredibly heartbreaking in a lot of different ways, but maybe now is the time for perspective. Indiana rarely makes it to their 11th game without being mathematically eliminated from a bowl game, and on the couple of instances it has happened since 2007, they've typically had to beat a team like Wisconsin or Ohio State in that 11th game to keep the hope alive. There's nothing like that this year. Sure, they'd have to collect two conference road wins to do it, but they aren't going to Michigan State again. Maryland is in the middle of one of their worst seasons in recent memory and Purdue is in their third year of auditioning for a spot in the MAC.
That was mean. Please forgive me, Mid-American Conference.
- Maryland QB Perry Hills will miss today's game with Mono. He's Maryland's leading rusher AND passer. With Daxx Garman out for the season and another quarterback suspended, the Terps turn to Caleb Rowe. A shocking 13% of his throws this season have been interceptions -- but he threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns in relief of CJ Brown in Bloomington last season.
- Jordan Howard is 3rd in all of the FBS in rushing yards per game -- only trailing Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook. Yes, that means he's averaging more yards a game than Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott -- but the national media probably won't tell you that.
- Indiana needs two wins in a row to reach the "automatic, traditional" mark of 6-6 to qualify for a bowl. That will take back to back road wins -- something the Hoosiers haven't done since 1993.