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The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY RYAN TICE M aryland wrapped up its final season in the ACC with a 7-6 overall record and 3-5 showing against league opponents last year to finish near the middle of the conference. The big question entering the 2014 campaign was how would a middle- of-the-road ACC program transition to the Big Ten? Maryland has experienced similar re- sults so far. The Terrapins currently sit at 6-4, including a 3-3 showing against their new peers. The Terrapins did return 87 percent of their two-deep from last year and boast 12 senior starters, so they were expected to be improved. However, the Big Ten does present a completely different style of play compared to the more wide-open football commonly played in the ACC. "In the ACC, you've got the teams like Clemson with Chad Morris' spread, a lot of teams do that; and Florida State has ridiculous talent and speed everywhere," managing ed- itor Scott Greene said. "That's definitely different than the Big Ten. Maryland was building a speed-based team. "With how the Big Ten plays, Mary- land's weaknesses are exposed — the two lines. While they have some talent, the lines just don't match up well against NOV. 19, 2014 Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs is a dangerous weapon on offense and in the return game, but he may not play versus U-M due to a lacerated kidney. PHOTO COURTESY MARYLAND One More Win Michigan Is On The Cusp Of Bowl Eligibility Heading Into Its Tilt With The Terps

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