Indiana Hoosiers vs. Maryland Terrapins CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Maryland Terrapins (3-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Indiana Hoosiers square off in Big Ten play Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Maryland Terrapins have held their own so far this season but will have a real chance to prove themselves in conference play. Offensively, the Terrapins remain a heavy dose of quarterback C.J. Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Brown has completed 55.8 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and 833 yards, while he’s also Maryland’s leading rusher with 244 yards and four touchdowns. Five of Diggs’ 23 receptions have gone for more than 15 yards, as he’s by far the Terrapins biggest playmaker on the offensive side of the ball and he’ll give a shaky Indiana defense more than it can handle. Maryland is a balanced offense that has scored a combined 71 points in their last two games. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins will be without defensive end Quinton Jefferson for the remainder of the season. The Terrapins allow 460.5 yards per game and have forced 10 turnovers and eight sacks. Sean Davis leads Maryland with 38 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has six tackles for loss.
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The Indiana Hoosiers are coming off a big upset over the Missouri Tigers and are hoping they can qualify for their first bowl game since 2007. While the Hoosiers do have a balanced offense led by quarterback Nate Sudfeld, they’ve become more of a running team this season. Tevin Coleman and D'Angelo Roberts have combined for nearly 800 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, as Indiana is averaging six yards per carry as a team. In just three games, the Indiana Hoosiers have 27 runs for more than 10 yards. Sudfeld really hasn’t had to do much, but he is completing 65.2 percent of his passes. Defensively, the Indiana Hoosiers are allowing 414.7 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and seven sacks. T.J. Simmons leads the Hoosiers with 22 tackles and Bobby Richardson has 3.5 tackles for loss.
The Terrapins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. The Hoosiers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Indiana seems to be playing with a purpose this season, while Maryland has been just barely getting by against weaker comp. I am worried about a letdown from the Hoosiers but if they're able to avoid that, they should be able to win this game by at least a touchdown.