Maryland at Temple, Saturday at noon
Noon at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. TV: ESPNU. Radio: WTEM (980 AM). Records: Terrapins 1-0; Owls 1-0.
MOVING ON: Perry Hills didn’t exactly get off to the best start in his first college game. He threw three interceptions, missed a wide-open receiver in the end zone and struggled on the long ball. But taking the positives — 66.7 percent completion percentage, a game-winning touchdown drive with correct reads — and flushing the aforementioned negatives will best serve the freshman quarterback. He and his coaches have seemed confident throughout the week, and Hills’s teammates have rallied around their young leader.
IMPROVEMENT?: Coach Randy Edsall has preached the importance of improving between the season’s first and second weeks. Twelve true freshmen earned their collegiate debuts against William & Mary, and they must demonstrate marked progress this time around, especially as the Terps crawl toward full health. Even veteran players such as cornerback Dexter McDougle, who was flagged for three pass interference penalties versus the Tribe, will be seeking a rebound.
BURIED DIGGS: Electric freshman Stefon Diggs never had a chance to return kicks last week. Each of the Tribe’s three kickoffs sailed far out of the end zone. However, given that Diggs returned three punts for 50 total yards, each time making the coverage team miss thanks to his shifty speed, it’s quite possible the Owls will avoid him altogether. With an offense that moved as sluggishly as Maryland’s did last weekend, why risk allowing a home run on special teams?
— Alex Prewitt