Ohio State Football Schedule 2022: Preview OSU vs. Maryland

The Ohio State football team will travel to the land of Old Bay Spice and Crab Cakes for their final away game of the regular season in 2022 when the Buckeyes take on Maryland.

OSU heads to College Park for a game with kickoff time set for Nov. 19, a week before the massive showdown with Michigan in Columbus.

While Maryland likely won’t make many preseason top 25 lists this August, the Terps are heading into the 2022 college football season with momentum.

Maryland went 7-6 in 2021 and finished the season with a 54-10 win over Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl (the bowl game played at Yankee Stadium).

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It’s another sign the program is making strides under coach Mike Locksley, the former Alabama offensive coordinator who became Maryland’s head coach in 2019. The 7-6 mark in 2021 resulted in a $21 million overtime for Locklsey.

Here’s what we know about the 2022 Maryland Terrapins.

Mike Locksley was one of several Big Ten football coaches to receive extensions

Locksley’s five-game improvement from 2020 to 2021 resulted in a contract extension that has been consistent with many Big Ten programs since the start of the 2021 season.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Michigan State coach Mel Tucker each received extensions that bring them more than $9.5 million annually, while Michigan State coach Jim Harbaugh got a new one in February Signed contract after flirting with the NFL. He will make $7 million in 2022. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-serving coach in the Big Ten, signed an extension in January that will keep him in Iowa through the 2029 season.

Penn State coach James Franklin was another popular name in coaching rumors over the past year. He signed a new 10-year contract worth $70 million in December 2021. That extension came about a month after Minnesota native PJ Fleck received a seven-year contract that earned him a $1 million annual raise.

All-time record between Ohio State and Maryland

The Buckeyes and Terrapins had never met until Maryland joined the Big Ten. Ohio State has not lost 7-0 to Maryland since 2014. Ohio State beat Maryland 62-3 in 2016 and last year beat Maryland 66-17.

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Maryland came closest to winning Ohio State in 2018. Under interim coach Matt Canada, Maryland brought Ohio State into overtime. But it was the Maryland native and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist, Dwayne Haskins’ late-game exploits that propelled the Buckeyes over the edge in a 52-51 win.

Maryland coach Mike Locksley worked for Ron Zook, Nick Saban

Locksley is a Washington DC area product and graduate of Towson University. This is his third stay in Maryland. His first stop in Maryland was as running back coach under Ron Vanderlinden and he stayed with James Franklin when Ralph Friedgen became coach.

He left Maryland for a similar job in Florida under Ron Zook and followed Zook to Illinois.

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Locksley was the New Mexico head coach from 2009 to 2011. His tenure was rocky. Not only did he go 2-26, but there were numerous off-field issues, including a dismissed discrimination lawsuit and a suspension. In 2011 he was fired after a 4-0 start.

After a second stint in Maryland, where he was offensive coordinator and then interim coach in 2015, Locksley worked for Alabama coach Nick Saban from 2016-2018, spending his final two seasons as offensive coordinator.

What Did Maryland Football Do in 2021?

The Terps went 5-0 against ranked teams, all of whom were Big Ten opponents, with the next game being a 31-14 loss to then-No. 22 Penn State home.

Overall, Maryland was 3-6 in conference play.

Maryland’s Pinstripe Bowl win made Big Ten history

The 44-point win over Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl is the third largest bowl game win in Big Ten history.

It’s the biggest win since Michigan beat USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl by 49 points. Michigan beat Stanford by 49 points in the 1902 Rose Bowl.

The 54 points scored is the most points ever scored by a Maryland team in a bowl game.

What is Maryland’s 2022 football schedule?

Here is Maryland’s schedule:

  • 3 Sep: Buffalo
  • September 10: in Charlotte
  • September 17: SMU
  • September 24: in Michigan
  • 1 Oct: State of Michigan
  • 8 Oct: Purdue
  • October 15: in Indiana
  • 22 Oct: Northwest
  • November 5: in Wisconsin
  • Nov 12: at Penn State
  • November 19: State of Ohio
  • November 26: Rutgers

Taulia Tagovailoa is the quarterback for Maryland

It’s a big season for the Tagovailoa brothers.

While Tua Tagovailoa faces a possible season in the NFL with the Dolphins, his brother, a redshirt junior, is in his third year with the program after transferring from Alabama.

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The 5-foot-11 quarterback is draftable but not considered a suspension, though he set the Maryland program’s single-season record for passing yards of 3,860 in 2021. He completed 69.2% of his passes last season, a program record, and is Maryland’s all-time leader in passing at 67.6%. His 26 touchdown passes were the most in a season last year.

Tagovailoa is looking to break many Maryland all-time records this season, possibly until he faces Ohio State in the penultimate game of the regular season. He is second in career 300-yard passing games, fourth in career passing touchdowns, sixth in completions, and eighth all-time in program history for passing yards.

The Maryland offensive was meant to be explosive

Tagovailoa set historic numbers for Maryland in 2021 when he directed offensive coordinator Dan Enos’ offense.

He had talented receivers, which also led this season in Rakim Jarrett and Dontay Demus Jr. (who led the Big Ten in receiving yards before missing seven games with an injury). The passing game gets a spark as Florida’s leading 2021 wide receiver Jacob Copeland makes a move to Maryland.

The offensive could be even better in 2022.

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But the defense is…well…Maryland will have its fourth new defensive coordinator under Mike Locksley (yes, a new coordinator for each season, although Kevin Steele was Maryland’s defensive coordinator for just a week in February).

This year’s coordinator is Brian Williams. Not the journalist.

Williams, a member of the coaching staff since 2019, was co-defensive coordinator in 2021 and called on defense in the final two games of the 2021 season.

Williams was hired after Steele accepted the job in Maryland but left for the Miami Hurricanes position days later. Brian Stewart was co-defensive coordinator in 2021 and the unit ranked 85th in total defense and 98th in goal defense, allowing for 404.3 yards per game and 30.69 points per game.

Ohio State topped those numbers at halftime in their game against Maryland last year.

Who are the top picks for the 2023 NFL Draft in Maryland?

Tagovailoa might not make any draft boards this offseason, but it is one of his top goals. Mel Kiper Jr. lists Jarrett as the #7 receiver in the 2023 draft class. Jarrett caught 62 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns in 2021.

He’s not the only player on a top 10 list, Kiper has offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan as the No. 5 tackle in the draft class.

Ohio State football schedule 2022

  • Week 1: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., September 3, in Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 2: Ohio State vs. Arkansas State, September 10, in Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 3: Ohio State vs. Toledo, September 17, in Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 4: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, September 24, Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 5: Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Oct. 1, Columbus Ohio
  • Week 6: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, October 8, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Week 7: Ohio State vs. Iowa, October 22, Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 8: Ohio State vs. Penn State, Oct. 29, State College, Pa.
  • Week 9: Ohio State vs. Northwestern, Nov. 5, Evanston, Illinois.
  • Week 10: Ohio State vs. Indiana, November 12, Columbus, Ohio
  • Week 11: Ohio State vs. Maryland, Nov. 19, College Park, MD.
  • Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan, noon on November 26, Columbus, Ohio

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