One more test faces No. 6 Michigan as the Wolverines go on the road to face Maryland on Saturday. At 9-1 overall and 6-1 in Big Ten play, Michigan is looking to keep its Big Ten title and College Football Playoff hopes alive. Maryland is 5-5 and hoping to pull off an upset to reach bowl eligibility for the first time under coach Mike Locksley. 

The playoff selection committee kept Michigan at its prior No. 6 ranking after a tough road win against Penn State, just one spot behind No. 5 Cincinnati, but one spot ahead of No. 7 Michigan State. The Wolverines’ head-to-head loss to the rival Spartans has drawn some criticism of the committee’s decisions, but comments from committee chair Gary Barta indicate that Michigan’s well-rounded résumé was strong enough to warrant the position. 

Knowing that Michigan is already ahead of the only team it lost to is a good spot to be in with the final two weeks of the season approaching. However, those playoff hopes will be put to the test when the Wolverines have their last true road game of the season on Saturday. 

Michigan vs. Maryland: Need to know

Michigan’s offense is balanced: The Wolverines have had some of their best passing performances of the season in recent weeks, and that’s bringing some balance to what was already one of the best rushing attacks in the country. Michigan is averaging 442.4 yards per game at 6.2 yards per play, and in those totals are a very even split of 225.1 yards rushing and 217.3 yards passing per game. Quarterback Cade McNamara has totaled seven touchdowns and just one interception in his last three games, and the one-two combo at running back of Hasaan Hasking and Blake Corum has combined for 1,763 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. 

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