Maryland scouting report
FIU travels to College Park, Md. to take on a Terps team that is fresh off a 31-17 loss to West Virginia. The Mountaineers torched the Terps' defense, leading 28-0 before Maryland scored in the third quarter. Both of Maryland's touchdowns came on long passes (60, 80 yards). So far the Terps are 2-1 with a very ugly 17-14 win over Navy and a 62-3 win over Morgan State.
The Terps quarterback play can be erratic at times. Junior quarterback Jamarr Robinson (left, 6-0, 195lb) starts his sixth game against FIU on Saturday. Robinson is a good athlete that has the ability to use his feet to gain yards. Against Navy, Robinson, who is reported to be dealing with a soar shoulder, had 12 carries for 92 yards. The Terps were conservative passing the ball against Navy, completing only two pass on five attempts. While the Terps have used other QBs this season, Robinson seems to be there number 1 guy.
Last week, the Terps opened up their passing game after going down early to West Virginia. Robinson connected with junior receiver Torrey Smith twice for touchdowns. Smith (6-1, 205lb) finished the game with three catches for 149 yards and two scores. Smith is one of the Terps best play makers, is third on the list for most career all-purpose yards at Maryland.
On the ground, the Terps have split carries between Da'Rei Scott and Davin Meggett. Through three games, Meggett has 186 yards on 25 carries, while Scott has 107 on 22 carries. Both have scored once.
The Terps have been battling the injury bug recently, with starting left tackle Justin Gilbert being lost for the season with a torn ACL. The Terps have moved right tackle R.J. Dill to left tackle and will have redshirt freshman Pete DeSouza start in his place. As noted earlier, Robinson is still dealing with a soar shoulder after getting beat up by the Mountaineers.
FIU scouting report
It's been two weeks and two tough losses for the Golden Panthers. Last week, FIU lead 20-6 before ultimately falling short. This week, the Panthers hope to turn things around against a weak Maryland team that is projected to finish towards the bottom of the ACC. Will this week finally be the one FIU gets a close win? I think it's a huge possibility. FIU matches up well against the Terps. Expect the FIU secondary to limit Terps receiver Torrey Smith. With questions remaining about the play along the Terps offensive line, I feel the Panthers' defense will make all the difference.
FIU will need to muster the same pass rush they had against Texas A&M to win. The Terps are struggling at the moment and could be ripe for an upset. The experts in Vegas have Panthers as 10-point road dogs and I think that number will prove to be to high. FIU has shown great potential this season. The question that still remains for FIU is, can they play four quarters?
The FIU offense will struggle early, but this week it will not matter. Led by a relentless pass rush the Golden Panthers' defense will shut down the Terps for much of the game. The true drama will be in the fourth quarter when FIU will face it's biggest challenge. FIU 17-14.Justin Azpiazu