Scouting Maryland: how the Terps win
1. Force field goals: Maryland ranks 14th in the ACC in red zone defensive percentage, but that statistic is somewhat misleading. The Terps have been among the best in the nation at making opponents settle for field goals. They've given up touchdowns just 57.9 percent of the time on red zone opportunities. Making Clemson take three instead of seven can help put the Terps on their way to an upset.
2. Don't turn it over: The Terps played with fire against Virginia, as they turned the ball over three times on fumbles, but won anyway. They weren't so lucky against Wake Forest, when they turned it over three more times - one fumble and two interceptions. If they're loose with the football against the Tigers, there will be no happy series finale in College Park.
3. Get stops: Maryland's defense is averaging 5.0 three-and-outs per game and has a .319 defensive percentage on third down, with both those figures ranking among the top 25 in the nation. Stops are frustrating for a rhythm-based offense like Clemson's. Anything the Terps can do to keep the Tigers out of sync will work in their favor.
4. Run back a kick: Maryland has one of the nation's most dangerous kick returners in freshman William Likely. His 28.6 kickoff returning average is slightly ahead of the school record that Stefon Diggs set last season.