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Maryland Terrapins at Connecticut Huskies 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 7 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Maryland Terrapins visit Connecticut to play the Huskies on Saturday.

The Maryland Terps improved to 2-0 after destroying the Old Dominion Monarchs 47-10 on Saturday. The Terps offense produced 587 total yards of offense with a balanced attack of 275 thru the air and 312 on the ground. Maryland’s QB Brown played great again, completing 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards with 2 touchdowns. Brown also rushed for 30 yards on 4 carries and he didn’t even play in the fourth quarter. RB Ross led the ground game with 18 carries for 149 yards with a touchdown. WR Deon Long had 3 catches for 24 yards and WR Diggs totaled an outstanding 179 yards on 6 receptions with a touchdown. ODU, who has a great quarterback and a potentially good offense, was limited to only 335 total yards of offense, 170 passing and 165 rushing. The Terps forced 3 turnovers and were able to control the clock most of the game. It’s hard to say how good Maryland is after playing ODU and FIU to start the season. However, with playmakers like Brown, Diggs, Ross, and Long the Terps have the potential of making some noise in the ACC this season. The defense is solid up front but lacks some depth in the secondary. Maryland will have to play well on the road against a tough and hungry UConn team this week.

Maryland Terrapins at Connecticut Huskies Free Pick 9/14/13

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The UConn Huskies had the week off after losing their season opener to Towson, an FCS school, 33-18 in week one. The Huskies offense only managed 290 total yards of offense, gaining only 84 yards on the ground. UConn turned the ball over twice and only held the ball offensively for 23 minutes in the game. QB Witmer completed 16 of 28 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and 1 interception. RB McCombs carried the ball 17 times for 76 yards for UConn, who were held scoreless in the second half until three minutes left in the game. WR Davis caught 5 balls for 100 yards, while WR Phillips caught 5 passes for 77 yards. The UConn defense allowed 393 total yards, 201 rushing and 192 passing to Towson, who won their first game against an opponent from the FBS. Towson controlled the clock and capitalized on some long drives against the Huskies. The Huskies came into this year looking to improve offensively by using RB McCombs early and often. They struggled to establish the run game against Towson and it will be more difficult against Maryland this week. The defense lost four starters in the offseason and will have to contain the Terps playmakers in order to have a chance at home on Saturday.

The Terps are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC. The under is 5-2 in the Huskies last 7 home games.

These two teams played last year and UConn came away with the win 24-21 at Maryland. I think Maryland has improved since then and has more playmakers on offense than UConn. Defensively, UConn was solid last year but lost four starters and looked terrible against Towson in week one. Maryland struggled on the road last year but I think they have more experience on this year’s squad to get the job done at UConn. I think Maryland wins by double-digits in this one.

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