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Ohio State Is Off To A Disastrous Start vs. Maryland Saturday

Ohio State football players including Raekwon McMillan tackling a Maryland player.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Running back Kenneth Goins Jr. #30 of the Maryland Terrapins is tackled by linebacker Raekwon McMillan #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and teammates during the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ohio State will take on Michigan next week in a potential winner-take-all contest for the Big Ten East title. The Buckeyes are playing like they're looking ahead to that game early against Maryland this Saturday.

It took Maryland just two plays to score on its opening drive. Terrapins running back Anthony McFarland ripped off an 81-yard run against the Buckeyes defense to give his team a 7-0 lead.

To make matters worse, Maryland then tried an onside kick and recovered it. The Terrapins wound up with the game's first two possessions as a result.

The Buckeyes got some luck on the next play, however, as Jeshaun Jones fumbled the ball back over. But after an Ohio State field goal, McFarland struck again - this time on a 75-yard run. He has 155 yards on three carries.

It's now 14-3 Maryland. Ohio State fans are nervous, to say the least.

Ohio State, with a 9-1 record, needs a win to keep pace in both the Big Ten East race and the College Football Playoff race. A loss would knock them from the national title picture.

Maryland, meanwhile, needs to beat either Ohio State or Penn State to make a bowl game. They have plenty of motivation too.