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Preview: Penn State at Maryland

Penn State, playing Maryland for only the fourth time with both being Big Ten members, has dominated the series.

Max Bortenschlager likely will start at quarterback for the Terrapins.
Max Bortenschlager likely will start at quarterback for the Terrapins.Read morePatrick Semansky / AP

Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) will make its first visit to the Maryland campus since 1993 when it takes on the Terrapins at Maryland Stadium on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 10 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and No. 12 by the Associated Press, need to win to reach double-digit victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-09. They are coming off a 56-44 victory over Nebraska, a game in which they rolled up a season-high 609 yards of offense.

The Terrapins (4-7, 2-6) are coming off a 17-7 loss at Michigan State, their sixth defeat in their last seven games. They have had injury issues with their quarterbacks this season. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager is the likely starter; he's one of four players who have started at quarterback this season.

How to follow and watch the game

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 990-AM, WNTP; 1440-AM, WNPV

Twitter: @joejulesinq, @_jillbeckman


Key players

Penn State: RB Saquon Barkley, 5-11, 230, Jr. (1,057 yards rushing, 5.8-yard average per carry, 46 receptions for 590 yards, 30.2-yard average on kickoff returns, 188.2-yard average in all-purpose yardage, 19 total TDs); QB Trace McSorley, 6-0, 195, R-Jr. (65.2 percent completion rate, 2,991 yards, 24 TDs, 8 interceptions, 10 TDs rushing); TE Mike Gesicki, 6-6, 250, Sr. (46 catches, 466 yards, 7 TDs); WR DaeSean Hamilton, 6-1, 206, R-Sr. (43 receptions, 688 yards, 7 TDs); WR Juwan Johnson, 6-4, 226, R-So. (42 receptions, 572 yards, 1 TD); LB Jason Cabinda, 6-1, 234, Sr. (80 tackles, 5 tackles for loss); FS Marcus Allen, 6-2, 207, Sr. (61 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception); DE Shareef Miller, 6-5, 257, R-So. (9 tackles for loss, 4 sacks); CB Amani Oruwariye, 6-1, 209, R-Jr. (4 interceptions); K Tyler Davis, 5-11, 183, R-Sr. (8-15 field goals, long 47).

Maryland: RB Ty Johnson, 5-10, 208, Jr. (805 yards rushing, 6.2-yard average per carry, 5 TDs, 25.0-yard average on kickoff returns, 1 TD); RB Lorenzo Harrison (562 yards rushing, 4.3-yard average per carry, 3 TDs); QB Max Bortenschlager, 6-3, 211, So. (51.3 percent completion rate, 1,128 yards, 10 TDs, 5 interceptions); WR D.J. Moore, 5-11, 215, Jr. (72 catches, 933 yards, 8 TDs); WR Taivon Jacobs, 5-11, 170, Sr. (43 catches, 520 yards, 5 TDs); LB Jermaine Carter, 6-0. 228, Sr. (79 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 ½ sacks); DB Antoine Brooks, 5-11, 210, So. (71 tackles, 8 ½ tackles for loss, 2 interceptions); S Darnell Savage, 5-10, 191, Jr. (3 interceptions); K Henry Darmstadter, 5-7, 183, Sr. (6-10 field goals, long 51).

Head to head

Penn State holds a 37-2-1 lead in the series. The two teams have played the last four years as members of the Big Ten, with the Nittany Lions winning, 38-14, last year at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State’s coming game

Bowl game, TBD