To­day’s state games

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When: To­day, noon Where: Mary­land Sta­dium, Col­lege Park Au­dio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM; also avail­able on TuneIn TV: ESPNews Se­ries: Mary­land leads 6-5 What’s at stake: Though there has been some speculation that the Terps can still get a bowl bid with only five wins, Mary­land can end any doubt by beat­ing the Scar­let Knights. Given how crazy the two games have been since both teams joined the Big Ten, noth­ing is guar­an­teed. Also, fin­ish­ing with a .500 record in the reg­u­lar sea­son in DJ Durkin’s first sea­son seems a whole lot bet­ter than fin­ish­ing two games be­low. Key matchup: It’s hard to fo­cus on one, given how poorly the teams have been of late. But Mary­land’s suc­cess this sea­son has re­volved around its run­ning game, which has been al­most nonex­is­tent the past three weeks. If the Terps can get sopho­more Ty John­son go­ing, with help from Wes Brown and Ken­neth Goins Jr., the ab­sence of sus­pended fresh­man Lorenzo Har­ri­son won’t seem as sig­nif­i­cant. The Scar­let Knights rank at the bot­tom of the Big Ten in rush­ing de­fense. Player to watch: From Mary­land’s per­spec­tive, it has to be who­ever plays quar­ter­back. If it’s fifth-year se­nior Perry Hills, who sat out last week’s loss at Ne­braska af­ter get­ting forced out of the pre­vi­ous two games with in­juries to his right (Michi­gan) and left (Ohio State) shoul­ders, it’s a mat­ter of how long he can stay in the game and how ef­fec­tive he will be run­ning and pass­ing. If it’s ei­ther of the true fresh­men, Max Borten­schlager or Tyrrell Pi­grome, it’s see­ing whether they can give the Terps pro­duc­tion. — Don Markus


Mary­land quar­ter­back Perry Hills sat out last week’s loss at Ne­braska.

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