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The Longhorns want revenge against a team that manhandled them in Austin last year, 51-41, and Tom Herman needs some credibility for his Year 2 rebuild. Last year in Austin, the Terps led 30-14 at halftime, rushed for 263 yards, held Texas under 100 yards rushing, and QB Tyrell “Piggy” Pigrome efficiently lit up the Texas secondary on 9 of 12 passing for 175 yards. After Piggy blew out his knee late in the 3rd quarter, freshman QB Kasim Hill took over and coolly steered the Terps to a double digit win on the road, despite Maryland entering as a 15 point underdog.
After a tumultuous offseason resulting from the likely preventable death of a Maryland player by heat stroke, head coach DJ Durkin was suspended on August 11th and 1st year Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada finds himself holding the big whistle on a staff that also features a new OL coach and two new defensive assistants.
So is Maryland in total disarray? Or will they rally around their new leadership?
Texas finds itself as a double digit favorite in a de facto road game. We’re a few days from finding out if that’s justified.