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Connecticut Huskies vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Pick 9/14/13

Maryland Terrapins (2-0) at Connecticut Huskies (0-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Rentschler Field)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies 8 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

Fresh off a much needed bye week, the 0-1 Connecticut Huskies play host to the 2-0 Maryland Terrapins Saturday night at 7:30 PM.

Maryland enters this contest after a very strong start to 2013 where they Terrapins racked up over 500 yards and scored 40+ points in two victories over Old Dominion and Florida International.  The Terrapins are led by quarterback CJ Brown who returned from a torn ACL last season and has been extremely impressive running the Terps zone read scheme.  Brown has thrown for 556 yards and 5 TDs and ran for 155 and 4 TD’s through two games.  Making things even easier for Brown are the weapons he has at the wideout position led by all-american receiver Stefon Diggs who is coming off his career high in yards (6 catches for 179 and a TD).  Diggs is joined by highly touted JUCO Deon Long who was quiet last week but had over 100 yards and a TD in week 1.  The Huskies had trouble containing 1-AA Towson’s offense and that does not bode well versus a unit that is way more talented and way more deep.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Pick 9/14/13

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Connecticut had a bye in week 2 and focused on regrouping after getting throttled by 1-AA Towson at home in week 1 33-18. Towson was able to do whatever they wanted on offense and especially excelled in the run game where UConn gave up 156 yards and 2 TDs to the Tigers back. The Huskies were led by Chandler Whitmer’s 206 yards and 2 TDs through the air and tailback Lyle McCombs had 76 yards on 17 carries.  The Huskies will need McCombs to slip back into freshman season form soon as he has routinely struggled to find the end zone dating back to last year.  Geremy Davis hauled in 5 passes for 100 yards but was unable to reach the end zone -- he will need to have a big game against a young Maryland secondary if the Huskies want to get the win.

Some trends to consider -- Maryland is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 overall and UConn is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last 5 versus the ACC.

Things will not get any easier for the Huskies this week with the Terps in town but the Huskies have had two weeks to prepare.  I like this one to stay close for a half before Maryland pulls away for the win.  Look for the Terps WR’s to have their way with the Huskies and Brown’s mobility to be too much to contain as the Terps get the cover on the road and UConn moves to 0-2.

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