Maryland-Minnesota football: Time, TV channel, live stream, odds, picks (September 30, 2017) for Week 5

Maryland and Minnesota play on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Find the game time, odds and TV, streaming and radio information for Minnesota vs. Maryland.

This game is a matchup of young teams and young coaches, with 36-year-old P.J. Fleck leading Minnesota and 39-year-old DJ Durkin in charge at Maryland. It’s also the first Big Ten game of 2017 for each team. Minnesota won last year’s game, 13-10, in College Park.

Minnesota-Maryland football game time, TV channel, live stream

Time: 12 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Weather: Mostly sunny, high of 69.

TV channel: FOX Sports 1.

Live stream link: It’s on Fox Sports Go.  This link will take you to the right place

Radio info: 105.7FM in Baltimore and 980AM in D.C.,  Sirius channel 135 and XM channel 195.

Maryland-Minnesota football odds, picks

The line: Minnesota -13

Over/Under: 43

Maryland-Minnesota game preview

Minnesota is looking to keep rolling in Fleck’s first season at the helm. Maryland is looking to stop the bleeding after a 38-10 loss to UCF during which the Terps were not at all competitive. Here are three things to watch for:

After losing two quarterbacks to torn ACLs, will Maryland be able to get anything going through the air?

Maryland’s 2017 team is starting to resemble its 2012 one in a very specific way. That year, Maryland lost all four of its quarterbacks to season-ending injuries and was forced to start a linebacker at quarterback before the end of October. This year, Maryland lost Tyrrell Pigrome to an ACL in its season-opener against Texas, and after freshman Kasim Hill didn’t miss a beat filling in, he too suffered a torn ACL in Week 4. Maryland’s now down to fourth-stringer Max Bortenschlager, who was 15-for-26 in relief of Hill against UCF. He missed open receivers, and is not the running threat Pigrome and Hill are. Third-stringer Caleb Henderson has been on the mend with a leg injury all season, so Bortenschlager is Maryland’s only healthy scholarship quarterback right now.

Minnesota hasn’t really played anyone yet. This could be the first game resembling a test for the Gophers.

Minnesota has aced every test on its schedule so far. Thing is, none of those tests tell us that much about the Gophers. They only beat Buffalo 17-7 in Week 1, but a slow start under a new coach is understandable. Then Minnesota walloped Oregon State 48-14 in Week 2 and thumped a good Middle Tennessee State team 35-3 in Week 3. Maryland looked much better than those teams in Weeks 1 and 2, but after those quarterback injuries, it’s unclear how much of a challenge the Terps will present. Minnesota’s had a bye week to prepare for them, too.

Minnesota doesn’t give up explosive runs. Maryland needs explosive runs to survive. Who will win out?

If Maryland’s going to have a shot in this one, it’ll need to get some long jaunts from Ty Johnson at running back to go along with a semblance of a passing game. Johnson went into last week averaging 15.1 yards per carry in two games, but UCF held him to just 25 yards on 11 carries. Maryland’s offensive line shoulders much of the blame for that performance too, as it was overpowered by UCF’s front. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s strength is on defense. The Gophers are seventh in the country in Defensive IsoPPP, a stat that measures how well a defense does at limiting explosive plays. And that’s only one part of a defense that has excelled in 2017. As noted above, that has come against less-than-amazing competition, but this is a scary front that could bottle up Maryland’s running backs.

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