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reasons for concern against Maryland tortoises

After last week’s dominant victory in Indiana, Penn State Football returns home this week to take over a Maryland program that has been 2-2 at Beaver Stadium since joining the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions are double-digit favorites for the second week in a row, but there’s still reason to believe Maryland could make this game interesting; or maybe even win. After all, they only lost by seven points in Maryland in September.

Let’s look at three reasons for concern as Penn State Football seeks its eighth win of the season.

Taulia Tagovailoa

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Taulia Tagovailoa #3 of the Maryland Terrapins throws a pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 06, 2021 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Is he the best quarterback Penn State has faced this year? No, but whenever you have one of the best in your position in the conference at the most important position in the sport, you give yourself a chance in just about any game. Well, that’s exactly what Maryland has in Taulia Tagovailoa.

The Terps third-year starter at quarterback struggled a lot this past week in bad weather, but overall, he’s had a solid season and has had a lot of good times throughout his career.

Tagovailoa is third in the Big Ten in completion percentage (69.9%), fourth in yards per game (259.8), fifth in touchdown passes (14), and fourth in passing efficiency. He’s a seasoned quarterback with plenty of starts under his belt, so he should be up for the challenge of taking on Penn State’s talented secondary in front of over 100,000 fans.

Regardless, the Nittany Lions’ fast and secondary passing should be more than equipped to finish off Tagovailoa and Maryland’s passing offense, but if Maryland were to win this game, a big day from the Terps’ veteran quarterback would likely be one of the reasons. Because.

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