(2-0, 2-0 ATS)
West Virginia Mountaineers
(2-0, 0-2 ATS)
The Maryland Terrapins have gotten their college football betting campaign off to a great start this year, and they’ll look to continue that with their biggest challenge yet: a trip to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Whatever head coach Ralph Friedgen has been saying to his men right before they take the field has been working this year. The Terps look like world beaters and suddenly could be contenders in the ACC if they are playing like this. The goal line stand that preserved the win against the Navy Midshipmen two weeks ago only seemed to add fuel to the fire, and that fire burned in the form of a 62-3 butt whooping of the Morgan State Bears last week. It’s been all about the defense in College Park this year. The Terrapins are holding teams to just 60.5 passing yards per game, which might be slightly unfair due to the fact that neither of their opponents are known as passing clubs. However, the bottom line remains the same regardless of what offense is run against them. The Terps are only allowing 8.5 points per game, good enough for tenth in the nation. The key offensively is going to be maintaining the football via the ground game and keeping the potent WVU offense on the bench. Already on this young season, RB Davin Meggett, QB Jamarr Robinson, and RB Da’Rel Scott have at least 100 rushing yards, and the three have combined for a whopping 383 yards on the ground in just two games.
After two performances that have to have had the Morgantown faithful biting their fingernails, WVU is going to be looking for a big triumph on Saturday. QB Geno Smith might be emerging as a real threat for this team, but he clearly isn’t there yet. The Mountaineers’ signal caller has thrown for 532 yards and three scores this year, but he really yet to prove that he can throw a legitimate deep ball. Instead, the man that really needs to be thanked for the two SU victories on the year is RB Noel Devine. The highly touted and highly recruiting Floridian has already touched the ball 58 times in two games, picking up 223 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards, scoring two TDs. The defense is going to have its hands full trying to figure out what Maryland is doing with its two quarterbacks, but so far, the unit hasn’t been daunted. West Virginia is holding teams to just 275.0 yards and 10.5 points per game this season and ranks no worse than 44th in the nation in every major defensive statistic.
West Virginia is due for a great game, but for whatever reason, we just aren’t buying into its hype this year. The Mountaineers might win this game… but might is only the operable word here. Mojo is clearly working for the Terps right now, and for as long as Friedgen has his squad playing hard, we’re going to buy what he is selling. This was supposed to be the year of the red and black revival in College Park, and an upset of the Mountaineers would go a long, long way towards helping that out. This is a ton of points to be giving a team that is playing this well. There’s a reason that this line has dropped a full field goal.
Selection: Maryland Terrapins +10.5