LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Bowl eligibility is at stake when Maryland visits Nebraska on Saturday. The Terrapins are trying to reach a bowl for the third straight year. The Cornhuskers haven’t been to a bowl since 2016. Maryland also is looking to end a four-game losing streak.
Below is more on Saturday’s matchup.
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Maryland (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) at Nebraska (5-4, 3-3), Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Peacock)
Line: Maryland by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Nebraska leads 2-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The winner will achieve bowl eligibility. Maryland is trying to go to a bowl for a third straight year. Nebraska hasn’t played in a bowl since 2016. The Terrapins also are out to end a four-game losing streak since a 5-0 start. The Huskers are still alive in a crowded West Division race. They controlled their destiny until they lost to Michigan State last week.
Maryland offense vs. Nebraska defense. If Big Ten passing leader Taulia Tagovailoa gets on a roll, it could be a long day for the Huskers. The Huskers aren’t capable of winning a scoring contest with their limited and turnover-prone offense. Nebraska has allowed 18 points per game in conference play, and it is second in the Big Ten with 28 sacks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Maryland: TE Corey Dyches has 37 receptions this season and 76 the past two years, both ranking second in the FBS behind Georgia’s Brock Bowers. He had a season-high eight for 60 yards against Penn State last week.
Nebraska: QB Heinrich Haarberg got a vote of confidence from coach Matt Rhule after losing two fumbles and throwing an interception in a loss to Michigan State last week. He’s turned over the ball at least twice in each Big Ten game.
FACTS & FIGURES
- This is only the third all-time meeting of the teams, all since 2016.
- Tagovailoa has thrown for at least one touchdown in 32 games since 2021, ranking third among FBS quarterbacks.
- Tagovailoa tied the national season high with 17 straight completions to open the game against Penn State.
- Three Maryland receivers — Jeshaun Jones, Kaden Prather and and Tai Felton — rank among the top 11 Big Ten receivers in yards per game.
- Nebraska has held eight of nine opponents under 100 yards rushing.