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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Pick 10/19/13

Maryland Terrapins (5-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-3)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm (BB&T Field)

The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Maryland Terps travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon.

Maryland bounced back after a blowout loss to Florida State two weeks by beating Virginia 27-26 on Saturday to improve to 5-1 on the year. This may have been the final meeting between these border rivals, with Maryland leaving for the Big Ten next year. QB Caleb Rowe threw for 332 yards and one touchdown. Rowe made his second career start in place of C.J. Brown, who sustained a concussion in last week’s 63-0 loss at Florida State. Brown is questionable for the upcoming game against Wake Forest this week. Rowe went 18 of 34 and directed an offense that accumulated 468 yards. WR Deon Long had four catches for 97 yards, while WR Stefon Diggs had 6 catches for 96 yards in the win. RB Brandon Ross ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns for the Terps, who ended a three-game skid at home against the Cavaliers. The Terps defense did not play well for the second straight week, giving up 505 total yards to the Cavaliers offense. Virginia was able to pass for 263 yards and run for another 242 yards in the game. Maryland did a good job getting off the field on third down but Virginia was still able to control the clock and go without any turnovers. Moving forward, the Terps will hit the road for the third time this year when they head down to Wake Forest this week.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Maryland Terrapins Free Pick 10/19/13

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming off a bye week after improving to 3-3 with a win over NC State, 28-13, two weeks ago at home. In the win over the Wolfpack, the Demon Deacons offense produced 382 yards, with 268 of them coming thru the air. WB Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score. Price completed 24 of 39 passes and rushed 18 times for 82 yards in the win. WR Michael Campanaro caught two of Price’s scoring throws in a huge performance of his own, as Campanaro caught 12 balls for 153 yards. The Demon Deacons defense allowed 372 yards to the Wolfpack, with only 115 yards coming on the ground. Wake Forest did a good job getting off the field on third down and forced two turnovers in the game. The Demon Deacons rank 34th in the country in points allowed, giving up an average of 22 points per contest. However, Wake Forest ranks 106th in the country in points scored, with 20 points per game. Wake Forest will stay home for their matchup with Maryland; the Demon Deacons are 2-1 at home this season.

The Terps are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings. The under is 4-0 in the Demon Deacons last 4 games in October.

These two teams have split the last six meetings, including a 19-14 win at home for Maryland last year. Maryland has struggled the last two weeks, mostly because they have been unable to stop their opponents rushing attack. If the Terps can contain Price in this game, I think they will be able to take away the Demon Deacons running game. On the other side of the ball, Maryland should have some success running the ball against a vulnerable front seven for Wake Forest. This game should be close and may be decided in the final few minutes of the contest. So in that case, I’ll take the home team getting almost a touchdown.

Wake Forest +6.5

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