Maryland Terrapins vs. Clemson Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13
Clemson Tigers (6-1) at Maryland Terrapins (5-2)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Byrd Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins 13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers head up to Maryland to face the Terrapins on Saturday.
The Clemson Tigers are coming off a brutal loss at home against Florida State, 51-14, on Saturday. Clemson held a perfect 6-0 record coming into the matchup with the Seminoles, but they were no match for a much stronger and faster team on Saturday in Death Valley. The ACC’s game of the year, billed as maybe the league’s biggest game ever, quickly became a Seminoles’ clinic on how to take apart a top-five opponents on its hostile home turf in front of 83,000 fans. Clemson, a team that ranked 27th in points scored at 37 a game, only managed 326 total yards on offense and turned the ball over four times against Florida State. QB Tajh Boyd completed only 17 of 27 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. WR Sammy Watkins caught 8 balls for 68 yards and a score. The Tigers rushing game was nonexistent, rushing for only 123 yards as a team while RB McDowell rushed 11 times for 61 yards. On the season, Boyd has now thrown for 1,939 yards with 16 touchdowns, while Watkins has caught 44 balls for 650 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson allowed 565 total yards, with 444 coming through the air. Clemson had trouble getting off the field on third down and only forced one turnover in the game. The Tigers rank 26th in the country in points allowed, giving up 21.1 points per game on average. Clemson will have to play much better defense against a Maryland squad that has plenty of talent and playmakers on offense.
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The Maryland Terps fell to 5-2 on the season after losing at Wake Forest 34-10 on Saturday. Maryland won their first four games of the season before losing two of their last three contests. Against Wake Forest, Maryland produced 383 total yards on offense with only 39 coming on the ground. The Terps turned the ball over three times and did not do a good job converting on third down. Starting QB C.J. Brown was 15 of 24 for 137 yards in his return from a concussion for Maryland. Brown was constantly harassed by nose tackle Nikita Whitlock, threw two interceptions in the second quarter and was replaced by QB Caleb Rowe midway through the third quarter. Brown has thrown for 1,262 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year, while Rowe has passed for 702 yards and 2 touchdowns in a backup role. Head coach Randy Edsall will make a game time decision as to who starts against Clemson this week. The Maryland defense did not play bad against Wake Forest, giving up only 307 total yards, allowing only 47 on the ground. In falling to 1-9 in ACC road games under third-year coach Edsall, Maryland lost starting receiver Stefon Diggs and Deon Long for the season. The two receivers had combined for over 1,000 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns before going down with leg injuries in the loss to the Demon Deacons. Maryland has been plagued by injuries once again, so they will have to count on some young players to step up and carry the load the rest of the season.
The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. Clemson is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. Maryland is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
Clemson has won the last three meetings between these schools, including a 45-10 home win last season. Maryland is not only beat up with injuries; they are catching Clemson at the worst time possible. The Tigers will be looking to bounce back after a blowout loss to Florida State and it’s safe to say they may have a chip on the shoulder heading into this game. Boyd should have a great day against an inconsistent Maryland secondary. However, if Edsall starts Rowe for Maryland, the Terps could have some success throwing the ball against a vulnerable Clemson secondary. I think this game is high scoring and Clemson pulls away late to win by 20.